Showing posts with label christmas family traditions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas family traditions. Show all posts

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sawyer and Santa 2013


The day after Thanksgiving, we took Sawyer downtown Roanoke to visit Santa. This Santa is one that I even went to, so it was really special for me to be able to take my own little boy to see him. This Santa is awesome because he sings with the kids, tells them stories about the North Pole, and introduces them to the reindeer before he goes and takes a picture with everyone. I love it and it makes Christmas and seeing Santa so much fun.



Santa has stuffed animals all around for the kids to play with while they listen. Sawyer, however, immediately ran into the pile of stuffed animals and continued to lounge all over them. It was hilarious.


Santa comes in and sings songs and tells stories with the kids for 30 minutes before taking pictures. Such a good idea and a great way for Sawyer to learn more about Santa, the elves, the North Pole and the reindeer.

 

Sawyer was really good for the most part, but after about 10 minutes of Santa's stories, he was done. Thankfully, my Mom was there to keep him occupied and engaged. We did have to take a little break though and wait for Santa to finish since Sawyer just wasn't keeping still.

When Sawyer finally got his picture with the big guy, he was as cool as a cucumber. Just sat, posed, and that was it. I can't wait for next year when he knows more about him and maybe even recognizes him when we go to visit. :)


*For those of you in Roanoke, it was the Santa at the Science Museum downtown. He was top-notch and I highly recommend him if you have little ones.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Traditions


I'm a big fan of Christmas traditions. After Zach and I got married, we spent our first Thanksgiving and Christmas talking about all the traditions that we wanted to start with our own little family. We kept a list and even though Sawyer is still a bit too young to enjoy or understand all of them, we are going to keep 'em going. Here's our list and we've added some this year thanks to Pinterest and a few creative blogs-looking at you, Colleen-who've given me some new and fun ideas.

Our List Right Now:
1. Visit Santa.
2. Decorate listening to Christmas music.
3. Make and decorate Christmas cookies.
4. Watch a tree lighting ceremony.
5. Build a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
6. Adopt an Advent Angel.
7. Make a birthday cake for Jesus and sing Happy Birthday to him.
8. Decorate a Gingerbread house(This is actually a pretty serious thing in Z's house. His parents send all of his siblings a gingerbread house kit and they all compete over who can have the best one. It's really fun and connects us all even if we can't be together.)
9. Drive around and see Christmas light.
10. Drink hot cocoa and watch a Christmas movie with the family.
11. Write and send Christmas cards to family and friends.
12. Buy Christmas pajamas for the family.
(This was us last year)
13. Eat Thai food on Christmas Eve for lunch.
(We started this during our first year of marriage. We celebrated our first Christmas in Thailand and always wanted to remember the fun time we had and to tell our kids about it, so Thai food and Christmas it is!)
14. Attend a Christmas Eve service.

Things We Are Going To Start with Sawyer:
15. Make a snowman pizza
(My grandmother made us homemade pizza on Christmas Eve. She had a old family recipe and for years, that's what we had. I want to carry on that tradition, but add a fun twist and make snowman shapes out of the dough.)
16. Leave out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer
17. Put out a Nativity scene. 
(I want Sawyer to know the reason for the season, so I'm on the hunt for a Nativity set. If you know of one, let me know!)
18. Give a Gift on Behalf of Jesus
(So, I really want to start this, but Sawyer is going to be too young for the next couple of years. What you do is you give each of your kids $25 for Christmas. This money has to be given away though to a charity they want to support or a cause they believe in. It teaches them that Christmas is about caring and loving others and not all about how many presents they got.)
19. Check out and read holiday books to Sawyer
20. Write a letter to Santa

And we also decided that we are going to do something a little bit different this year instead of give a lot of presents and gifts. I got this idea from a friend and I thought it was brilliant. I'll have to share it with you all later this week.



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