The Minivan Express: A Family Favorite Christmas Tradition

MINIVAN EXPRESSI’m sure you’ve seen or heard of local rail companies hosting train rides with Santa or Polar Express-style trips this time of year.  I know many families who enjoy these exciting excursions as a yearly tradition.  But for our family of five, the related cost is usually not something we’re comfortable spending in an already financially-draining month.  So a few years back we came up with our own version – the Minivan Express!

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Advent Activities for the Family


Every year, our family looks forward to counting down the days to Christmas with a family activity advent calendar.  Instead of uncovering candy or trinkets each day, we find a new activity or outing related to the season.  I love that this gives us a way to celebrate and make memories together all December long.  I also cleverly sneak in some Christmas to-do’s here and there to satisfy my need to multitask.

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