Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Traditions

We have several family Christmas traditions, starting off with a letter to Santa from Kayla.

This year she attempts to spell her wish list out on her own. 

Next is our annual visit to see Santa. This year our visit was much later than normal, we squeezed our visit in just a few days before Christmas.

Before the kids, I always made cookies for Christmas. But once the kids came, I was never able to find time. But this year, I started the tradition once again - with both girls helping me in the kitchen. We made ginger bread cookies this year - my first time at making cookies that require cookie cutters and surprisingly they turned out well. The picture above is our family decorated by Kayla: #34 is me (my age), #4 is Kayla (cause she's 4 years old), Lauren has the bib over her t-shirt and Steve is with the bow tie.

 Our annual Christmas card through Tiny Prints along with our family newsletter (next post).

 Stockings are hung by the chimney with care

 Another Christmas tradition we have each year is the kids pick out a new Christmas ornament for the tree.  This year, Lauren chose Lady and the Tramp and Kayla chose Cinderella castle

 And of course, the tree would not be complete without some home made ornaments from school. Lauren did a stocking this year and Kayla made an festive ornament. 

Christmas morning starts off with presents at our house from Santa and each other. Kayla loved the grocery stand Steve and I got her and Lauren is warming up to the Elmo we got her. The kids go through their stockings and discover the usual socks, lottery tickets and popcorn and then we head over to my parents home to open more presents and for some breakfast. After the festivities, we are off to Steve's parents for lunch and presents and stay for the day to enjoy a large potluck family Christmas dinner with 60 or so family members and a huge turkey.

And of course, last but not least, is the annual Christmas day pose. So what's your holiday tradition?

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