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December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011 Holiday Photos

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.We were quite busy for a couple of weeks leading up to Christmas, but we had a lot of fun celebrating the holiday with our family and friends.

One of the things we did before Christmas was taking the kids to local Candy Cane Lane. Because DH worked late, we did not go until well after dinner time. It was really cold so we only walked half of the way. We will have to do this earlier next year. In any case, baby G sat in his stroller and did not seem to care about the lights and decorations, but DD had a lot of fun checking out Candy Cane Lane.

Another activity we did was make Christmas ornaments for family members. We used different cookie molds from last year. 
With some salt, flour, water and a bit of food dye, DD was able to make a bunch of Christmas ornaments to give away.

Before going into the oven to bake.
She decorated the homemade ornaments using markers, glue and rhinestones.

This Christmas, we started 2 new family traditions. The first one is that on Christmas morning, before opening presents, each one of us would write a note of what we are thankful for. Since DD does not really know how to write yet, we had her draw it out. She said that she was thankful for her family, so she drew grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, herself and baby G. After everyone was done, we put our notes and drawing into a shoe box that we will put away and bring out every year to add to it.
This year, we also started the 3 gifts rule. Since there's 3 wise men, we thought 3 gifts was just the right number for the kids gifts. In addition, for the 3 gifts DD will get every Christmas from now on, she will get "something she needs," "something she wants" and "something to share."

Her first gift from us was a kid's bible. It is something she had been asking for, but it is also something that she will be sharing with her little brother.
Her uncle Scott sent a Hello Kitty lunch box to her from Taiwan.
Inside the lunch box is a set of 3 stainless Hello Kitty containers and each container comes with a matching Hello Kitty spoon.
Her second gift from us (something she wants) was a doll.
For something she needs, we got her a little carry on luggage that she will be using for our trip to Taiwan.
After we opened the Christmas gifts, the kids got ready to spent Christmas day with my in laws.


Peggy said...

I love the idea of the ornaments. I am making a note to do them next year.

Linda Trinklein said...

Looks Like a fabulose christmas!
thanks for the post

KatieMay said...

Beautiful Pictures :) I love your 3 gift idea. We have friends who grew up with that rule too. Happy Hoildays!

Danielle S. said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! Those decorations look amazing on Candy Cane Lane, and I really like the dinosaur cookies you made.

I love the idea of 3 gifts and writing a note of what you're thankful for before opening presents. I don't have children, but when I do have my own family I think those are great ways to keep Christmas in perspective.

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