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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Traditions

One of my favorite Christmas traditions when I was a child was putting this puzzle together. I don't know why this was so special to me, but I remember being so excited about this puzzle. I remember this tradition far more clearly than I remember the toys I recieved :)

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Another Christmas tradition that we had was to use these Christmas glasses for the month of December. Everyone had a favorite number, and we were (and still are!) to use that glass for the whole month. I'm 8 Maids a Milking :) My mom bought each of us our own set of these glasses, so we have the tradition at our house, too. Although, we aren't quite as strict as my mom :)

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A new tradition that Elliott and I started last year (among many others!) is that on Christmas Eve (after leaving his parents' house), we get Japanese take-out for dinner. When we get home we have a picnic on the den floor while watching old home videos. I can't wait for O to see herself on video from the past 2 Christmases. She's going to LOVE it! We also plan to show her our wedding video and her birth video. After our picnic and the videos, she'll open a few presents from us.


  1. Love those glasses.. I have never seen anything like them here in Australia.. they are gorgeous!!

    Maybe there was something about the picture in the puzzle that you enjoyed... I remember having a lovely paper advent calendar lift the flap type that had gorgeous little drawings under.. we reused the same one each year for years.. but no longer know where it is... I have looked and looked to buy something similar, but have yet to find.. maybe it is rose coloured from childhood, but I loved that thing I remember it being so beautiful and also remember it more than presents.. and this is what we want to pass on to our children

  2. Melissa, I love your blog! I stumbled on it somehow and it has been such an inspiration to me. I love all of your project ideas and that many of them are things I can do with what I have around the house. I am a mom of four ages four and under and appreciate your great go-to blog with so many ideas of simple things I can do with my children. They love the projects we've done! Thank you for the time you put into your blog. It blesses others!

  3. What great Christmas tradition ideas! I was just telling my husband to set up the home movie watching so we could review them with my 5 year old daughter.

    Any idea where to get those glasses??

    We always read "Night Before Christmas" before bed on Xmas eve....

    Have a great holiday.

  4. The glasses came from Kmart, but I think my mom bought them about 20 years ago :)

  5. Oh, what fun. I love hearing others' traditions. Those glasses are really special--so cute.

  6. I bought the 12 days plates and mugs from William Sonoma 50% off this week for Zach b/c we want to start our own tradition!
    Zach is 10. Charlie is 2. I am 4. J is 9. We don't know about C yet!

    I remember those cups at your house!