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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 6

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.

Can you say COOKIES!!!

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Of course we have a Christmas Cookie Tradition.  Although it used to be me and my sister making cookies.  In the past she has been known to make a ridiculous amount of cookies.

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We need to make cookies for Ian’s school Christmas party.  So I enlisted the help of Ian.  And of course that meant Sid had to join the fun.

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They each got to roll some out and use the cookie cutters.

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But they got bored soon, and I had to finish the project.

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We didn’t end up frosting them.  The boys got sick and we ended up running out of time.  But then again, no frosting might be better for a room full of preschoolers.

 

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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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