Traditions, Traditions, Traditions! That’s what this time of year is all about. Right?!
My 7 year old son, getting pretty skilled with a tube of frosting.
Looking good here too.
Coming together nicely.
Not bad for a 5 year old!
All in all, every child did a great job.
(Yes, I cleaned the counter before this picture.)
4. Another Favorite tradition is having a candy making party with the ladies in my family. Every woman makes something at home the day before and then brings ingredients to make something simple when we are together.
The chocolate dipped balls above are Oreo and cream cheese balls dipped in chocolate:
1 package of broken Oreo cookies
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese
Freeze them before dipping in melted chocolate.
Then enjoy! YUM!
These pictured above are Chocolate Nut Clusters made in the crock-pot
32 oz. dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
12 oz. package of pecans
2 cups of whole almonds
2 lb. of dark chocolate confectioners coating
12 oz white chocolate chips
1 lb. semi sweet chocolate chips
Layer ingredients in your crock-pot
exactly as listed above. You don’t want to burn your chocolate.
Cook on high for 45 minutes without opening the pot.
Then cook on low for 1 hour, then stir.
Once throughly melted and mixed, drop your clusters on wax paper and let cool.
Yes, we have Elf on the Shelf
. The kids love to wake up every morning and go on an elf hunt. It is fun for me to watch them all wait until they are all awake to hunt together. But I think for my Bubbie and I, it’s more of a pain to remember to move him every night after they go to bed.
6. I am sure most of you get your hot chocolate ready or head over to Starbucks before heading out and looking at Christmas lights. We always look forward to reading in our local online paper for the must see houses of the year.
One of our children is absolutely in love with the Gingerbread Baby
book. So we read this story every year and we make Gingerbread Men every year. The best part is after we bake them we read the story again while the kids enjoy their just decorated cookies. (Never mind the special assortment the come from my husbands hands. Heheee.)
Never mind that we are using a wine bottle this year to roll out cookies. We left ours at a sugar cookie party. Oops!
Since we do invite Santa to be a part of our festivities, one of our Christmas Crafts is making Magic Reindeer Food. I usually print a reindeer head printable
and have the kids color it and cut it out. We then staple it to a paper lunch bag and then we make our Magic Reindeer Food. Here’s our recipe:
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 Tablespoon of bird seed
1 teaspoon of Christmas sprinkles
1/2 teaspoons of glitter
After the kids measure the ingredients into the paper bag, we keep the bag in a safe place until Christmas Eve night. Then after the kids get their Pj’s on and brush their teeth. They take their bag outside and sprinkle the Magic Reindeer Food in the front yard. The “magic” is that the Magic Reindeer Food makes the reindeer come immediately so Santa can leave their gifts under the tree. Basically, making the kids go to bed early so my husband and I can put out all the Christmas gifts under the tree.
9. Another favorite activity is making homemade ornaments. I have the kids make their own batch of Baking Dough that they can mix and knead. I then help with rolling out the dough to about 1/4 thickness and let them use Christmas Cookie Cutters to cut them out. I then use a straw and thoughtfully choose where the hole will be, to string up the ornaments when they are ready. Once the dough is cut, baked and cool I have the kids paint them. Then they make great gifts for family. I always write their name and the year they were made on the back. It is fun to see how they improve over the years. Here’s our recipe for the Baking Dough;
2 cups All Purpose flour
1 cup Salt
Use just enough water to make it a dough. If it is a little sticky add a little more flour. After your kids make their masterpieces, bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour – longer if the object is thick.
10. But one of our most favorite things to do is to wake up Christmas day, open our presents here, and go to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s in our PJ’s to open presents again and have breakfast with them. That is one of our favorite traditions. My Bubbie and I started it our first year together and have continued on with our kids 14 years later.
I hope you enjoyed our family’s list of our top 10 favorite Christmas traditions. I am sure we share a lot of the same traditions. Merry Christmas!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”