We try to have a lot of fun family traditions around the holidays,  a lot are just for fun and some of them we do specifically to help our kids remember the real reason for the season.

I love Gingerbread houses!
I’ve gotten lazy over the years though and haven’t been making them from scratch and last years I think was even out of graham crackers :) so I at least bought the kids one that was a little nicer than last years :)

IMG_6789_0397They had fun decorating it. Ellie had fun eating all the candy before they could put it on


Another one of our traditions is Sugar Cookies.
Always after we’ve rolled out the dough cut out a million cookies, filled a million cookie sheets and still are not done I question the sanity of this tradition. But the kids love doing it and they love delivering them to family and neighbors and are always excited to decide what song they are going to sing at the door this year. {Jingle bells seems to always be the winner :) }IMG_6831_0348 IMG_6832_0349 IMG_6835_0352

We usually have a Christmas Eve Dinner at Dave’s sisters but this year we had it at our house and had some close friends and our parents come over. {At first our close friends husband wasn’t going to be able to make it home till after Christmas, but he showed up and surprised her!}
Dave made me some bell pipe chimes and we printed off some songs and had fun playing {or trying to play} Christmas Songs
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We also had the kids re-enact the Nativity while we read it… That was fun to watch and they did a good job with itIMG_6843_0342 IMG_6844_0343

Christmas morning we have the kids wait down at the bottom of the stairs until we get up before they can come see what Santa brought.
Dave usually likes to play with the kids toys and get them all anxious and frustrated :) wanting to come up.
This year though they had a stinkin long wait…. since they got up at 4am! I said no way and we had told my parents not to come by till 6am…. we ended up compromising and doing 5:30am but they really did sit patiently at the bottom of the stairs the whole time :)

Overall Christmas was great! This little girl loved trying to chew on the ornaments when I wasn’t looking
but she is to chubby and cute to stay mad at long!
Hope it was a Merry Christmas to you too!

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