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Favorite Traditions
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Cookie Exchange   

When my older children where in school I car pooled with 3 other moms. Every year we would each make our favorite recipe. making extra so we could exchange with each other. 1 would do chocolate suckers and fudge,
1 did cookies, another did peanut brittle and  such. So each Holiday it was our gift to each other and we all had a great variety of home made treats! Sent in by Peggy'sHouse

                    

  Christmas Eve

Growing up in PA in our younger years we thought Santa brought the tree, decorated it and left the gifts. It wasn't until we moved away from there and our Aunts, Uncles and cousins did we ever go buy a tree with mom & dad.
The tradition of Santa bringing  our tree came to and end but a new one started with the family going to get a tree the week before Christmas instead.

Christmas Ornaments

The Christmas tradition we have is that every year I either purchase or make a new ornament for each one of our boys at Christmas. Then when they are 18 (or older ) and move away from home they will have at least 18 ornaments for their own tree.
Each with special meaning or memory. Sometimes I let them pick it out and sometimes I do it. Of course sometimes we both like one and then they get two. (lol)
From Tina

                                                              

The Christmas Tree Day

When my sister and her family would go get their Christmas Tree every year they would pick a weekend day and spend the whole day getting it. They would drive up to the mountains to a 
 Christmas Tree Farm, where you could pick and cut down your own tree.
They would make a whole day of it leaving around 10 -11AM for the hour or so drive, stop and have lunch and at a little store along the way to browse and maybe buy a new ornament or two at. Once they got to the lot the hardest part was trying to convince my niece that their house with the high ceiling really wasn't as high as the trees she would pick out. Needless to say a few times they had to cut more off the tree to fit it in the house when they got their chosen tree home. Sent in my Our Circle Of Friends

 

                                             

  Hiding the " Santa " Wrapping paper

When our kids were small we would buy wrapping paper and let them help wrap the gifts for Grandparents and other people. But since they knew the what the paper looked like we would buy more paper that we hid from them so  it would not be familiar to them on Christmas morning. And they would have gifts from us in paper they had seen and ones from Santa in Santa's paper.
We also learned if we hid their gifts in the big black trash bags and marked it baby clothes they would never bother to look in it as I shopped all year long so it was something that was always in the back closet.

                                                          

Christmas Eve Package

 Every Christmas Eve we take the kids and go to my parents house. They   get to see their Aunt's, Uncles and cousins. We have always gotten the children new clothes to wear and when it came time to get ready to go to Grandma & Papa's we would let them open their "Christmas Eve package'  which is new clothes for them to wear to the grandparents and then an outfit for church then next day too.
As the older children grew up and our daughter got married & had her baby, our now almost 4 yr. old grandson, whom we keep him on Christmas eve day while his mom & dad work. And now he gets the special Christmas Eve package with his 2 uncles! While our daughter misses getting her special package she is excited that we have passed hers on to her son! When they meet us at their grandma's house after work she knows her son will be in his new clothes just like she was growing up!

      

 Hand Made  Ornaments or Decorations to add to our tree or home

I have 5 children,so at holidays we look for things to keep the season a exciting and learning time. I want them to know christmas is not just gifts. Starting Dec 1st-every day we handmake some type of ornament or decoration to add to our tree or home. My 15 year old laughs now at some of her first-but these are great memory makers...
sent in by   Laura Lindsey~ Indep Avon Rep. www.youravon.com/llindsey

                                              

Baby Jesus inside  the Cradle beside our tree

We set a cradle beside our tree with a baby Jesus inside. It is the kids responsibility to make sure he has enough hay to keep warm. They have to "earn " the hay by doing for others or keeping up their housework eithout being told etc... This is fun for them, and a learning experience. And hopefully Baby Jesus has enough hay to be cozy on Christmas morning...
sent in by  Laura Lindsey~ Indep Avon Rep. www.youravon.com/llindsey


                                               

Junk Cookies

 At our house when we were growing up, my dad always made "junk cookies" for the holidays, we would make big batches of these cookies and they were so good. Looking back it was dad's way of spending time with us, he worked long hours and by the time he got home at night it was time for us to go to bed, so helping dad make "junk cookies" was special to us!! He still makes them and they are still really good!! Here is the recipe: Dad would get a box of cookie mix like Betty Crocker and then we would mix it according to the directions, after they were all mixed up we got to add the "junk" : walnuts, m&ms- all different kinds, extra choc. chips, essentially what ever you could think of. I guess now that we are older with kids of our own dad will recruit the grandkids to help him make "junk cookies", when they are old enough. From Dana Cook


Give the spirit of giving to your children.

Give the spirit of giving to your children. 
Give them money to buy small presents for the family and go shopping with them to buy some presents for charities. Submitted by Huguette

 

 

MOMS RECIPE FOR A REAL CHRISTMAS


1)SIT DOWN WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE AT THANKSGIVING.
2)AND 'REALLY TALK"
3)MAKE MENTAL NOTES OF EVERYTHING IMPORTANT TO THEM
4)TAKE OUT YOUR TREE, OR EVEN BETTER BUY A REAL POTTED ONE (THEY ARE NO MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A CUT ONE)
5) MAKE HOT COCO, TURN CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON, SING WITH IT AND ENJOY YOUR FAMILY.
6)PUT THE ORNAMENTS THAT HAVE MEANING ON YOUR TREE. NOT THE ONES YOU LIKE BECAUSE THEY ARE PRETTY, OR EXPENSIVE.
7)GIVE EVERY FAMILY MEMBER A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY. I'M GIVING $10 THIS YEAR.
8)SET THE RULES:
GIFTS FOR EACH PERSON
HAS TO REFLECT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THEM
CAN BE STORE BOUGHT, BUT HAS TO BE PERSONALIZED FOR THAT PERSON.
HAS TO HAVE MORE TIME AND THOUGHT THAN MONEY PUT IN TO IT
A CARD TO PERSON TELLING WHY YOU CHOSE OR MADE THIS FOR THEM 

*ALSO ANY ONE THAT HAS PASSED AWAY IN THIS YEAR, A ORNAMENT MADE WITH A REFLECTION OF THEM, TO TAKE OUT AND PUT ON TREE EACH YEAR AND REMEMBER THEM.
SANTA CLAUSE TAKES CARE OF THE GIFTS FOR THE KIDS, THAT THEY ARE ASKING AND EXPECTING, BUT I FEEL THE REAL CHRISTMAS IS FROM THE HEART, AND HOPE MY FAMILY CONTINUES THIS LONG AFTER IM GONE.
9) PLANT YOUR TREE OUTSIDE AFTER CHRISTMAS, THIS YEAR WE WILL NAME OUR TREE PAPA, (AFTER OUR GRANDFATHER PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR) AND FOR YEARS TO COME HE WILL BE OUTSIDE KEEPING AN EYE ON US KEEPING US SAFE!

Submitted by CAMMIE JAMES

 

 
 

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