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Welcome to December, can you believe it’s only four weeks till Christmas? I’m ready for it, bring it on…well, maybe. ha Thank you for being here, this is my favorite part!

One of my old digital advent ads.

I’ve been doing my Digital Advent for several years now here on my site. I love sharing my work with you, especially interactive pieces that you can make your own. This year, since my focus has shifted to Patreon, there is a SECOND set of downloads that are only for my Patreon patrons.

Every morning (today was a fluke) I’ll be posting two downloads – one free one here to continue my tradition, and one on Patreon for patrons only.

The free ones will be simple things like paper chain and ornaments. My patron-only ones, however, will be something really special. Both sets are made with love and gratitude, and are designed just for you.

If you haven’t already, please hit Follow over on my Patreon to make sure that you don’t miss out. As always, thank you! xo

Day Two

Every year there are certain traditions we’ve carried on. As with anything, we evolve over time. Here’s our top 10 for this year:

  1. Nothing Christmasy till after Thanksgiving.
  2. Youngest family members play elf.
  3. Nog, Apple Cider, and Hot Cocoa with marshmallows become part of our food vocabulary.
  4. At least one White Elephant Ornament Exchange party must take place.
  5. Handmades heavily influence both tree theme and gifting. This year knitting is the theme.
  6. Ria designs and hand-renders our Christmas cards. This year I’m collaborating with #myscoleoptera aka Rock Paper Fox.
  7. Christmas Eve is spent at my mother’s where we share wine and tapas buffet-style. We can bring one mutually agreed on present from home and open it there. We can also open one thing from mom. Anything else she brings later.
  8. Christmas morning we get up early, open gifts and drink cocoa, then have breakfast. Mom comes over in the afternoon to open her presents.
  9. We try to do at least one daytrip to see the lights with mom in St. Augustine. This year we’re hoping to do an overnight with mom in St Augustine. We are also mailing our cards out from Christmas, Florida this year so I can take my family to see the fort.
  10. New this year: Christmas letters! My cousin Sandy and her husband Ron do a Christmas letter each year that we always look forward to. I’ve been wanting to do one, but I wasn’t really inspired till this year. I’m designing self-mailers and having a blast.

What are some of your holiday traditions? Do you have decorations that have been handmade or handed down? Tag me on Instagram @renmeleon so I can see them!

Don’t forget to download your free digital-Advent paper crafts!