1. says:

    December 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    We are starting a Christmas tradition this year that we hope to do every year. That is Christmas at home. Usually we travel and visit family, but we want to start our own tradition. The boys wake up running down the hallway in their footed pajamas, squealing that Santa came. Our living room is covered in wrapping papers and they sit and play with toys and have homemade sugar cookies for breakfast while I start cooking our Christmas feast. As you know I love to cook. So, Josh and I want to start our own family traditions.

    We hope to go see the Zilker tree and lights this weekend.

  2. says:

    December 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Growing up we had a giant Christmas coloring book and every Christmas Eve we'd color one page together as a family. I still remember my brothers complaining that I scribbled. 🙂 It's so cool to look back on it now…20 pages of Christmases and you can see how our coloring ability improved. I've been looking for a giant coloring book for my family now and haven't had any luck.

  3. Martha says:

    December 7, 2010 at 3:50 am

    @Krys, I love the picture you painted of how you envision your Christmas mornings. Your boys will have some beautiful memories!

    @Joy, I love the coloring book idea! I had that same sort of vision for our homemade ornaments. Every year I'll note the year on the back so Annika can look back at her progress. But the coloring book sounds fun! If I can convince her to only color one page. 🙂 Let me know if you find some.

    @Liz, Thanks! It was actually one of the last shots as we were leaving the park. I'm so glad we decided to take one more round. This one is frame-worthy.

  4. Amanda says:

    December 7, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Traditions growing up were fleeting.

    Now that my daughter is 3yo she really gets Christmas and I think this year our traditions will be more understood. We went to a Tree Lighting Ceremony in my area last week. This Friday is a Christmas train ride, it's a mini scale train but everyone can ride it. A local petting farm as an event called Reindeer days, they have real Reindeer with a Santa meet and greet. My daughter and I have also made ornaments and Christmas crafts. She even gave a few out to our family already. I've been baking with her since Thanksgiving, that's another thing she has been giving out to our family. All the treats she helped bake. It's a fun time of year but will all these activities I don't know how anyone finds the time to breathe!

  5. Martha says:

    December 7, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I hear you Amanda! I want the holiday season to memorable and special, but not overwhelming. I like the idea of picking a few regular traditions so we don't feel like we have to do it all. But it all sounds so much fun! I'm now thinking I need to find a fun train ride. LOL

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