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holiday traditions

i know not all of our sweet peas are 'christmas' houses and even those that are all have different family traditions. general debate board did a thread on 'what's your tradition' and i thought that it would fun to see what we are each doing for 'holiday traditions' what have you done, started or want to start with your little ones?

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we do 'santa christmas' dh and i have our own thoughts on the whole birth of christ issue so it's all about the jolly fat man, family time, loving thy neighbour and giving is more important than receiving. that said she's spoiled rotten this year with getting! but there are a few things that she will get to hand out to those here on the 25th. we also do cookies and milk for santa and carrots for the reindeer (to say thanks for thinking of us and all the hard work) and no boxing day we will be handing out boxes of homemade goodies to the neighbours that we know (and can have sugar) 'to let them know we care' next year i am hoping to start helping out with santa's anonymous as well. really hoping to teach her that family time is more important than the getting presents part (eventually!)

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Santa comes to our house! Our traditions are pretty simple. We open a present on Christmas Eve (Christmas pj's) and have family over and play games. Christmas morning Santa would have come and so we open stalkings and presents and make a big breakfast. I never left milk and cookies for Santa before since it was just the two of us, but now that we have Alison of course we will leave them...and carrots for the reindeer. Next year since Alison will be bigger, I want to make the Christmas cookies and have her help.

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We're a Santa house as well. Next year we'll start decorating, this year we have nothing. Christmas eve we open 1 present, always christmas pj's and then slowly go through things on Christmas morning. I really want to start teaching the girls the importance of giving back, not just at this time of year but all year round.

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We're a Santa house for now... DH is totally against lying to the kids about Santa if they ask us outright, but for now we will just avoid where gifts come from. Easy at this age, later not so much.

We've decided NOT to put gifts under the tree until they go to bed on Christmas Eve. It stops them from pulling them apart this year and in the future we'll avoid being harassed to allow them to open some early. I used to do this a lot as kid Smile It will be magical for lots of gifts to appear overnight.

For Christmas Eve, my mom & I used to cook a huge meal but this year...and from now own... I want to just have a huge crock pot of homemade soup going, along with some fresh baked bread to munch as we wish. I'm going to attempt sugar cookies & decorating them with the kids this year. I know it will be very messy, but I hope they enjoy it a little. Hot chocolate and apple cider to sip in the evening. I also want to make a tradition to take a trip out to see Christmas lights on Christmas Eve because they love them so much.

Christmas morning: DH wants the gift opening at our house to be the big deal of the day, so we'll do that first thing and I'll make a nice breakfast casserole that can cook while we do gifts. We then will head over to my parent's house for late morning gifts, and then to my grandma's house (D & R's great grandma) for that family gathering.

As they get older and can understand, I do want to make them aware that giving to others is very important. We also want to try to limit the spoiling gifts if we can. My mom has ALWAYS gone overboard for us as kids, and while it was freaking awesome, it is not something I want done for D & R. They shouldn't not expect hundreds of dollars of gifts each year.

I think this is going to be a very fun year.

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I'm not sure how our traditions are going to shape up. I'm fairly certain Maia will get Christmas pictures made every year until she's in school and that we'll get a picture with Santa for as long as she'll sit in his lap. I always enjoy watching Christmas programming and listening to Christmas music so that'll be worked into our holiday plans. My mom usually makes chicken casserole (my favorite!) for the Christmas supper. As she gets older we'll bake cookies to leave out for Santa and all the fun jazz. It'll be fun to see how it shapes up!!

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We do Santa here too. We are Christians though so the real reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior!! We are so blessed and thankful for him. Our traditions are reading the Christmas story from the Bible every Christmas Eve, and then late after the kiddos go to bed we help Santa set up all of their new toys. We also do a big breakfast on Christmas morning and have cake to celebrate the birthday!!