Christmas Traditions

♪ ♫ ♬   “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…With kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  ♪ ♫ ♬

Kids jingle belling; that’s my 1 1/2 year old.  All day “JINGLE BELLS!  JINGLE BELLS!”, the best!  I’m so excited for Christmas this year, especially now that my daughter is a little older.  She can join in on all of the fun traditions and is full of excitement, kids really do make Christmastime magical.  9 more days!!!

This past weekend my hubby planned an out of town date to go see A Christmas Story: the musical.  It was perfect, right down to the hot cocoa, the real life dogs running around on stage, and the snowfall when we exited the theater.  I wouldn’t mind making this a new tradition every year; just the two of us escaping for an evening to catch a Christmas show.  While we were away the littles played games and built a gingerbread house with their grandparents.  It’s so fun to see the decorated candy houses each year.  (I’m thinking next year it would be awesome to invite some friends over for a gingerbread house competition!)

One of my favorite things to do every year is bake Christmas cookies with the kids.  I remember being a little girl and getting so excited to make spritz cookies with my mom, we would color the dough green + add sprinkles to the tops!  This year we made gingerbread men.  Hadley helped me mix up the dough while Daxxon was at school.  She loves to help out with anything I’m doing, so this was right up her alley!  The dough chilled as she napped and I even had time to cut them out + bake them before she woke.  When Daxxon got home from school they decorated away.

Another tradition I’m looking forward to is making popcorn + cocoa and driving around to see all the beautifully decorated houses with lights!  I’m thinking Christmas Eve will be perfect.

What traditions do you have for the holiday season?

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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Busy – My word of the week last two months.  My oh my, the more your family grows, the busier the holidays get!  Between the family get togethers, cleaning, shopping, cooking & baking, decorating…this mama could use a vacation.  I’m thinking Christmas in a beautiful cabin decked out for the holidays, no where to go, just relaxing by the fireside ( a girl can dream, right? ).  Anyways, onto something festive…

Ugly Christmas sweaters.  You guys.  I’m kind of OBSESSED with tacky holiday wear.  It’s fun, it’s festive, and it’s usually comfy; what’s not to love?  I currently own 4 ugly sweaters, but it’s my dream to own at least 25…one for everyday in December leading up to Christmas!!!  Here is some fun ideas for the whole family!
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One Piece | Reindeer Sweater | Snow Flake Sweater | Merry Sweater | Slippers

Snowman Sweater | Christmas Print Sweater | Elf Sweater | Santa Hat

Hair Bows | Tree Hat | Boys Holiday Print | Girls Reindeer | Boys Hooded Reindeer
| Baby Holiday Print Outfit |

I hope you all have a great weekend!
The hubby and I have plans to see A Christmas Story: The Musical.
I’m ready for this much needed date night!  
(Our fun Christmas card photo from last year)

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