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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 8

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

This tradition I don’t let my family participate in.  Every year I stay up super late the couple of days before Christmas and wrap presents.

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I always think I will start early, and I always think I have plenty of time.

Of course I don’t!

So I stay up late, while everyone is asleep and wrap their presents.  At least I know I am not alone.  Mom’s across the world are doing the same thing.

I was able to squeeze in making these gift tags for the boys.  I didn’t want to write on their gifts from Santa, I don’t want them to eventually recognize my writing.

 

If you want to download a blank set of these gift tags you can do so here.

 

Happy Wrapping

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 7

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

When I was little we used to go to a Breakfast with Santa.  We would get dressed up and go downtown to Meier & Frank department store.  (OK, I am gonna be honest and say I don’t really know if that was where it was held, but that’s what I remember.  It might have happened elsewhere and my family will correct me when they read this)

In a gigantic beautifully decorated room we would have breakfast and Santa would show up.  We all took turns getting our pictures with Santa and telling him what we wanted for Christmas.

I don’t really remember the details, but I remember the magic and the joy I felt.

I later found out we stopped doing it because the event deteriorated.  The last year we attended we didn’t get a breakfast, but a box with a PB&J sandwich, or something like that.  Plus the quality of the event was more cheap then magical.  My mom decided it wasn’t worth it anymore.

Last year I decided I had to find a Breakfast with Santa event for us.

I found McMenamins, a local brewery & restaurant, hosts a Santa Breakfast.  I love McMenamins so I thought it would be perfect.  They have many wonderful restaurants around town.

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Both last year and this year, I bought tickets too late, so I didn’t get the location I wanted.  The last available location was at the Crystal Ballroom, a magnificent venue for concerts.

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It is a buffet breakfast, but a good one because McMenamins has good food.

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Santa comes early and you can go up at anytime to talk to him and take pictures.  They don’t have a professional photographer, you just take your own.

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Then all the kids run around and have a great time.

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I love doing this because the kids don’t have to wait for hours in a line to see Santa.  I will visit Santa this way for as long as I can.

 

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 5

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

One tradition that has expanded over the years is our Gingerbread House Day.

all the little houses

all the little houses

Some of my cousins have started competing with each other for the highly coveted status of ‘Top Shelf’.  It is given out by their mom, she puts her favorite house on the top of bookshelf in her living room. 

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There is some sabotage, and a lot of trash talking, but fun is had by all.

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This year we put together 18 houses for decorating.  This causes my mom’s house to get really full.

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Ian was so excited and had a great time decorating.

mama, yook at my house. it's a bad guy house, it has blasters and bombs

mama, yook at my house. it’s a bad guy house, it has blasters and laser guns

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Sid had a great time eating candy off the floor.

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In case you were wondering who won….

My Aunt sent a message to all her kids telling them theirs was her favorite.

She is a genius.

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 4

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

My mom started this tradition with my nieces.  She was somewhere, I think Vermont or something, when she found this large wooden Advent Calendar.  You fill it with new items each year.  It is a pretty good size and each compartment can hold more than just a piece of candy.

She found another one after Ian was born.  Luckily for me it is not as big as my nieces so id doesn’t take up as much room.  My mom fills it with little gifts and a piece of candy.

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Ian loves little toys so this is perfect for him.  This year she put in  little gift for Sid, but he doesn’t know what is going on.

Last year I just let Ian pick a door to open because he didn’t know what the numbers were.  Now that he knows his numbers I am making him find the correct day to open.

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He also gets a Lego Advent Calendar, and the past two years have been Star Wars.  Each door has either a Mini-Fig or a little space ship to build.

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We call it a count down calendar instead of an advent calendar and everyday he asks again and again if he can open another door.  Each day I have to tell we only open just one door.  I don’t know if he is excited for more gifts or because I tell him when all the doors are open it will be Christmas….

 

Happy Counting

 

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