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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas Traditions

Can you believe Christmas is next month?? Eeek! I better get shopping!
 Today I wanted I'd share with you just a few of the traditions we do as a family during the month of  December. 

First up is the North Pole Breakfast. On December 1st, our little elf brings us a festive breakfast and ushers in the holiday season. This is almost as exciting as Christmas day itself for our daughter. She waits all year for that mischievous little elf to show up on the first day of December and loves all the wacky shenanigans he gets himself into. 

                   


                            Source: Catch My Party



Who doesn't love Christmas music?! Especially Christmas music that's conducted by the jolly old elf himself! This has become one of our favorite traditions during the holiday season. We adore the symphony and to hear all our holiday favorites makes the season so bright.  There are a few songs in which the audience is asked to join in to sing and it's pure magic. I love seeing my daughter's face light up and her little voice singing as loud as she can to some of her favorite Christmas songs.



To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.
~Phyllis Theroux

How perfect is this quote for Christmas. The tradition of sending Christmas cards helps me move nothing but my heart to those loved ones that live far away. The minute or so it takes to sign and address a card is time spent thinking of someone else. Even if you haven't seen your recipients in years, a Christmas card says that those ties haven't been broken and they are still in your thoughts. I just love Christmas cards and anticipate sending them each year. 

Check out these and other darling Christmas cards from Paperless Post.

Since our little one is an avid reader, this tradition speaks to her soul. I wrap up 24 Christmas books and we take turns opening a book each night in the month of December.  We read the story together as a family....usually by the glow of the Christmas tree. This is such a fun and inexpensive advent calendar idea because you can use the same books over and over again each year. I found most of our books at the thrift store and they cost anywhere from .50 to 1.00. 


This tradition is a mother/ daughter favorite. Molly Mouse's Sugar Plum Debut is an adorable production put on by the Utah Children's Ballet Theatre. Over 100 mice scamper and dance across the stage as little Molly's school prepares for their holiday production of The Nutcracker. 
This show is perfect for younger audiences because it's not too long and the costumes, scenery and bright colors will keep a young child excited to see what will come next. 
My daughter, her friends and us moms have a little sugar plum fairy tea party before the show and then head off to the ballet. The girls ( and moms!) adore this tradition. 



 Here are a few more of our traditions that are just too much fun, I couldn't leave them out!
  • Writing a letter to Santa
  • Zoo lights
  • Making paper snowflakes
  • Sledding
  • Sleigh rides
  • Donate to shelter and toy drive
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • North Pole Express 
  • Make Christmas cookies for neighbors
  • Santa Brunch
  • Snowman build off with friends
  • Winter nature hike
  • Go downtown to look at Christmas lights


Thank you so much for letting me share our holiday traditions.
What traditions does your family have? I'd love to hear them!

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