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November 29, 2007

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Elizabeth

Everyone has such great traditions!
We do a lot of the same tradions a lot of you do, but there is one that we do that no one else has listed.
Every year when we get our tree, we cut part of the trunk off like maybe a 1/2" piece. Then we let it dry out. Once dried, we take our family pic ( that we have taken every year at Christmas) and put it on the piece of wood. Then we cover it with a clear gloss to seal the wood. Then we have a special ornament to hang on our tree next year!

jennifer

ummm did anyone else notice anything about Nicole's comment on the stocking for the new baby???

zoe

lets see. for christmas we:
*of course have the chocolate calendars. this year i am also making a little board with envelopes that will have treats either candy or special activities and liitle prayers/thoughts in them.
*we do new jammas for xmas eve
*they also get an ornament and a new xmas book.
*we do the reindeer dust with glitter an oatmeal
*cookies for santa and carrots for the reindeer
*we also put out the santa key since we don't have a chimney
*i am also trying to incorporate a bit more religion. mark isn't into it either. this sunday is the first sunday for advent...maybe candles? maybe stories...maybe volunteering. not sure yet.

kristi sauer

Nothing was better than Christmas as a kid. My family is huge on tradition. Makes me sad that my partner doesn't celebrate Christmas, takes all of the excitement out of it for me

Kari

I loved this post... I like the idea of the 4 gifts.. need, play, want and read. I am for sure going to use that one. I already talked to Kenedey about it and also donating some of her "gently used toys". Some great traditions we have in our family.

-Kids get an ornament from that year... Kenedey has Precious Moments ones dating all the way back to 1997!
-My grandpa (kids great grandpa) reads the biblical Christmas story right out of the bible every Christmas Eve with the whole family gathered around.
-We use my husbands boot to make a "footprint" in the ashes in the fireplace and then leave a footprint on the ledge. Then we act SO mad at Santa for making such a mess in the morning! We sprinkle "reindeer dust" in the front yard so that the reindeer know where to land. Just a little oatmeal and glitter in a baggie and spread all through the yard!
-Kenedey writes a note to Santa (she doesn't believe anymore this year) and then dad writes back. One year my husband and I went out in the woods and found actual deer poop and put it in a baggie and left a note from Santa that said..."im so sorry, but Rudolph left these droppings on your roof". That was probably the best. We still have the note that "Santa" left! It made an awesome scrapbook page.
-Christmas morning we make Texas Eggs. (basically egg/sausage/cheese/casserole.
-We dont go ANYWHERE on Christmas day so the kids can stay home and play with their toys all day and we stay in our jammies and drink cocoa and coffee most of the and just "be together".

Jenny

Great post! We are going to read Acadia (and our other children) The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

A couple of years ago, Matt and I started a tradition where we went out and bought really nice cheese and crackers, a bottle of wine, and at the end of Christmas day, we would curl up on the couch together, open the wine and our presents to each other. We look forward to that ever year! I know this isn't for kids, but I think an "adult" tradition is always nice!

jenny

when i was a kid we would listen to christmas music - even records of bing crosby and perry como at my grandparents house, we left cookies and a note for santa, we got decorations yearly from the grandparents, made decorations for the tree together, always had christmas eve at my gram's, looked at christmas lights around town...oh and watching 'the christmas story' is a must! hahaha!

now with tucker able to understand christmas i am excited to start our traditions. i want to do many of the same things we did when we were younger, but also add some things (your post gave me GREAT ideas). i really do like how you and ryan do the four gift thing for porter and the 'meaning' behind it.

great post!

celeste

Christmas Traditions:
-Decorate a gingerbread house together - the kids love this!
-Ride around and look at lights
-Visit the Lights at the Zoo and the River
-Ride the Polar Express train with Santa
-Have a birthday party for Jesus (we do this on Christmas Eve - we bake cupcakes, wear party hats and sing Happy Birthday. This is also a big hit with the kids!)
-The kids each get a new ornament each year that in some way symbolizes that year for them
-Participate in our church live Navity padget
-Bake cookies for Santa and read the Night Before Christmas just before going to bed on Christmas Eve
-Read the Christmas story on Christmas Morning

Thanksgiving Traditions:
-I have an white sheet that we put on the table each year and everyone in attendance signs it, including what they are thankful for that year. It's so much fun to look on too!

Halloween Traditions:
-On the night we carve our pumpkin we always bake english muffin pizzas, roast pumpkin seeds and bake halloween cookies
-Visit Boo at the Zoo and our church's Trunk or Treat
-Host a party for friends - the kids decorate mini pumpkinsand wear their costumes

Easter Tradtions:
-Leave carrots for the bunny
-Read a book on the Easter Story to the kids
-Attend our church's egg hunt
-Take live flowers to church on Easter morning for the living cross

Mother's Day/Father's Day and Birthdays - the recipent gets breakfast in bed

Also, on your birthday you get to choose where to eat dinner - or what you want mom to cook.

On Valentine's Day I sometimes leave a trail of hersey kisses from their room to a small gift from us.

Leslie Collins

As kids we:

-Drove around and looked at lights.
-Attended midnight mass Christmas eve. That was always so magical for me.
-We always opened our stockings first. THey were always so much fun.
-Listened to Christmas music.
-Has multiple holiday gatherings with both sides of the family.

I cannot wait to start our own traditions. I want to do the Advent calendar, but I think Reyna is too young now. I want to think of something special to make for breakfast for Christmas morning. Haven't thought that far yet. I would like to go visit Domino's Farms once she gets a little older. We always did that, too. I think that by talking about what the season is really about with Porter is great. It sounds like you are doing a ton of fun things to get into the CHristmas spirit. I like that you are going to donate toys. Okay, I am rambling. LIke Heather said, I will stop before I create my own post on your blog. :)

Susan

I enjoyed this post. It makes me get excited about starting so many Christmas traditions with my two girls. I would love to chat with you some day...after my life calms down a bit. I hope you are doing well. Sounds like it!

tracy

We try to do some fun things that the kids remember each year.
-Do a Christmas walk in a nearby town
-St Nick-(loved this as a kid) This year we are changing it a bit and will be giving the kids each a new ornament and probably a Christmas book
-go look at Christmas lights- We do this a couple times a week over the holidays.The kids love it!
-watch- It's a wonderful life- We have done this every year for the past 14 yrs. Also watch Scrooged- mom/dad
-This year we are thinking of a way for us to do more volunteering. It's difficult w/ the 2 younger girls. We are thinking of having my husband and 6 yr old seek out volunteering at a local International refugee agency. My son was adopted from another country and since there is noone from his country in this area we will seek out the next best thing.
-Christmas eve at my mom's w/ lots of cousins
*This year we plan to put more emphasis on religion.
-I think we will also do a live nativity scene
These are just a few things. We love Christmas holidays and love to celebrate w/ friends.

heather

Oooh, I love posts like these where you gather a bunch of tradition ideas...
I love the socks idea. I remember seeing that last year and I think maybe I'll start that this year. I really wanted to make a
fun advent calendar this year like this one
http://heatherabbott.blogspot.com/2007/10/christmas-giveaway.html
or this one
http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/2007/11/and-they-are-up.html
but in between all my other projects I haven't had time. So the socks may be just the ticket!

And the chocolate advent calendars... that's a must! I'm picking those up today.

We also bake cookies/fudge/treats and walk around little packages to the neighbors.

We put Christmas lights up in the kids' rooms too. Just a strand around their window or a bookshelf or something, just to be fun and sparkly. Savannah has snowflake lights and we're going to pick out some fun ones for Sawyer this year. Also, they each have their own nativity set in their room. Well, I'm looking for a wooden block type one for Sawyer, but Savannah has had a Precious Moments one for the past four years. I love it, because it makes the Christmas story so familiar... Savannah spent a lot of time "playing" with hers last year, reinacting the story over and over and being so loving and tender with the baby Jesus and having everyone celebrating all the time! Love that!

One "magical" tradition I like is that I don't put tinsel on our tree until "Santa" comes. That's the last thing I do on Christmas eve before I go to bed... scatter a bit of those tinsel icicle stringy things on the tree so when the kids get up the presents are out, the lights are twinkling, and the tree is just shimmering with "magic".

We also started a tradition of making homemade donuts on Christmas morning. (Super easy, just cut out donut holes in pillsbury refrigerated biscuits, fry them, and then powder, frost, dip in chocolate and decorate) Savannah LOVED that last year and making them actually goes really quick, so it's perfect for a little break after the morning presents and then you have donuts to snack on the whole rest of the day!

I'll cut myself off now before I write my own post. Hmmm... maybe I will write my own post! Can't wait to hear other's fun stuff!

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