We're in an funny place with the girls and Christmas. The things they loved before like the Polar Express are too young for them now. They still want to see Santa and go downtown, but the "must do" list is shrinking.
In past years there were breakfasts with Santa, father/daughter dances, train rides and more. This year we had two things on the schedule as of Thanksgiving. Oh, I know more will pop up, but we aren't booked every weekend.
It's a nice development to a hectic holiday season. While before we were looking to make sure they had lots of fun memories now their participation in Brownies, church and after school activities means they have lots of holiday events. Whether it's a community service project with Brownies or a party at school, they have built-in holiday activities.
We have a few things planned like decorating Christmas cookies at the Fairmont Chicago and ice skating with friends. We have to shop for our adopt-a-family and wrap a lot of presents for family and friends. These will be great tween-age holiday memories even if they are bit more casual.