For Day 3 of our Christmas countdown we will all gather after dinner and decorate the Christmas tree. Because we get a real tree we wait a couple days after getting it to let it settle. Sounds weird I know but it is what we do.
Here are some pictures of our tree decorating last year.
For some reason the bottom is a favorite spot to hang the ornaments. We did have to move some around so that the presents could go under the tree.
Since I was a child we have always had another tradition...advent calendars. Every other night the kids all get a small gift. These gifts usually consist of something Christmasy we picked up the previous year after Christmas on clearance for .25. Sometimes it is a coloring book, sometimes a piece of Christmas jewelry for the girls, sometimes a little trinket, or sometimes a little toy. However, on Christmas tree decorating night (this just started a couple years ago) they get an ornament in their advent calendar. (Most of the time we are able to pick up ornaments after Christmas the previous year on clearance).