Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Open House - Our Traditions

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without our family's traditions.  We have quite a few but here are five that we do every year to get us ready for the big day.

1) Going to the tree farm to cut down our tree.  We started this tradition even before we had kids and we usually get it on Black Friday to kick off the holiday season.

2)Advent Calendar Not just a run of the mill, lift up a numbered door kind of Advent calendar either (although I love them too). This one has a box for each day of Advent to fill with treats and trinkets for my girls. Sometimes it's a daunting task to fill it up but they really love it and it's the first thing they check every morning.
One day last week they each got a mini set of colored pencils.
I found them at my favorite store in Epcot (Mitsukoshi in Japan). 

3) Photo Christmas cards Sometimes it's all of us, sometimes just the kids (or kid, when we only had one).

(our 2010 card)

4) Baking

We always make (a lot of!) cranberry bread to give out (and enjoy!).

We usually bake some other treats too. This year it was magic cookie bars and

cut-out sugar cookies.
And I couldn't resist this cute gingerbread Mickey kit when we were in Disney.

5) Picking out an ornament Each of the kids has their own tree and a tote full of ornaments and we continue to add to their collections when we visit a local garden center each year.  The place is always decked out with Christmas displays and a visit there is just what you need to get in the spirit!

What are your holiday traditions?

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what fun traditions. When we lived in Oregon, we use to just go out in the back 40 and find the perfect tree and cut it down. That was always so much fun. Hot chocolate, baking goodies and of course decorating the tree and house was always a family event. I hope you and all your family have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

Lovely! I wanted to take time to say Merry Christmas to you and your family and I love your blog, try to read it always. We have similar traditions, I started baking yesterday and have lots more to do. One thing we do is hang a pickle ornament on the tree, the one who finds it gets a special surprise!

Carol-the gardener

Life in Rehab said...

Merry Christmas, Heather! We have a lot of the same traditions, minus the advent calendar. I'll take a cranberry bread if you have any left over!

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