April 30, 2016

Christmas Traditions



 Christmas Traditions are a part of many families. And there were certain traditions that I enjoyed,  remembered and wanted to continue with my kids. I think Christmas traditions help make holiday memories. The consistency of traditions make the holiday familiar and new, with the new projects. I haven't kept up with all the traditions I wanted to continue from childhood but I am trying. And, of course, we created a few new ones... here are some of ours... what are yours?

    Growing Up
  • New pajamas
  • Pancakes Christmas morning
  • Open one present Christmas Eve (parent picks)
  • New homemade stockings 
  • Making and decorating cookies
  • Open stockings first thing in the morning (even before we are fully awake)

  Added
  • Making ornaments for extended family members, as gifts
  • New Christmas craft project
  • We make a 'Happy Birthday, Jesus!' cake
  • Going to a drive thru lights show (we like to go the one at the Texas Motor Speedway)
  • The present shopping for Christmas - we pick and surprise* 
Last year craft/ ornament with Perler Beads

Craft made at a Michaels Kid Club event, this year.

We are planning this years ornament crafts, as well as some sewing craft to make as a special present for the Grandparents. For the ornaments we have silver plastic ornament balls, glitter and paint. And for the sewing the projects we have Christmas fabric, felt and a sewing machine dedicated for the kids use (purchased at a thrift store for $15, the missing parts for $5 on Amazon).

Lets get Creating!!!!! (I'll post pics when done)



Last year Nana (my mom) crocheted our stocking for us. 
Here they are with some other stockings from past years (one from when I was a teenager).




 * The last one I put on the added list was a byproduct of a decision we made before our oldest was born. We wanted to keep our focus, for Christmas, on Jesus' birthday and the gifts He has given us. And then for their Birthday we focus on them and they get to decide where we go (like Chuck e'Cheese or Boomers), where we eat, and decisions like that. For their Birthday they give us a list, we get them a few things and then with their birthday money, from family, they get to go shopping. For Christmas knowing what they like, but not with a list we go shopping. Since its always been that way, we have avoided the "I want _______, for Christmas" discussion for every commercial. And Christmas morning every present is a surprise and usually something they like but would not have thought of to get for themselves.


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