As a kid, I don't remember Christmas festivities lasting all month long. We put up a tree and rehearsed for various celebrations at church, but most of my Christmas memories as a child are from actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My grandparents leaving soot footprints by the fireplace so my brother and I would think Santa had come. And spending the day opening presents, talking, and eating a fancy meal together.
Maybe it's because holidays with young kids don't always go as planned. Kids get sick, tired, hungry or just have "off" days. Or maybe it's because pregnancy is similarly making my own energy-level and mood a bit less predictable this year. But by celebrating throughout the month, rather than waiting for one specific day, our family's been able to create holiday memories together even with the ups and downs that come with pregnancy and little ones.