Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Traditions

As a young kid, Christmas was always my favorite time of year.  I think it was that whole "magic of Christmas".  The feeling in the air, family gatherings, hot cocoa, it was all amazing.  I remember when I was younger going to a tree farm every year and picking out our favorite tree.  Somehow we always managed to pick out the ugliest tree.  They always looked so pretty on the farm but at home, doesn't look so hot.  My dad would set up the tree in the living room overnight and Sunday we would all decorate the tree.  We would drink hot chocolate while we decorated the tree and eat chili for dinner.

A couple weeks before Christmas my mom would begin her Christmas cookie making process.  We would help out throughout the day but we really came around to help when it was time to ice the cookies.  My mom makes great Christmas cookies but her sugar cookies with icing are amazing.  I'm sure they didn't look hot when we were icing but it was fun.

These are the things I remember most about growing up and they're the things I want to do most with Addie.  We already set up the Christmas tree, which she was a bit too young for but she did get to see it after it was up and put up a couple of our non breakable items.  Christmas cookies begin next Monday and I'll be making up a batch for Addie to ice herself.

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Please notice there are no bulbs at the bottom of the tree.  We were concerned Addie would take them off and break them.  Luckily, she's had no interest in the tree.

What are your holiday traditions?  I can't wait to find more traditions we can add over the years.

-stephanie

10 comments:

  1. Making sugar cookies and icing them is one of my favourite things to do around the holidays, and I haven't even done it this year! I'm excited to ice them with Clara, but baking them with a toddler is so complicated... hopefully I'll get around to it yet!

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    1. My plan is to bake the cookies and keep a handful to the side for her to ice/eat. It could be a disaster but I'm sure they'll love it!

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  2. Your tree looks great! Ours is the same - no glass ornaments down the bottom, gotta try and keep it toddler friendly hey :) Have fun icing cookies together, I haven't done that with my son yet but I reckon he'd love it! Happy to be your newest follower from the blog hop :)

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    1. Thank you! I love the tree as well. It was a great find a couple years ago through Frontgate Outlet.

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  3. We didn't put lights or ornaments on the bottom of the tree either for the same reason. And my son couldn't care less. Oh well!

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  4. I love Christmas traditions, I can't wait to have a little one so I can start some of my own. :)

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  5. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to make cookies! Our tree looks about the same, with a few plush ornaments at the bottom. My son HAS tried to knock it over a few times already though. :)

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  6. Your tree is so beautiful!! One of my favorite things is Christmas cookies. "oops, this one broke...looks like I'll have to eat it!"

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    1. Onna! I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that. :)

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  7. I really enjoy making cookies with my boys! Last year was the first time that we made them as a family for Christmas & Rex had a blast. I know that Pilot will enjoy it as he gets older too! Glad to hear that you have great memories about making cookies! Thanks for sharing & linking up!

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