Monday, December 20, 2010


With only days before Christmas, I am sure most of you are much like me and very busy and struggling to keep up with the normal day to day stuff on top of all the other crazy stuff we do this time of year.  I know I am very behind in my bloggy world.  I am trying to catch up and I know you are all busy as well.  Perhaps it will settle down in January. 

During this week, we will be focused on a lot of traditions in the CA Girl house.  We make candy:  fudge, butterfingers, and peanut butter cups.  We visit houses (one in particular) with lights.  On Christmas Eve, we make three kinds of cookies, listen to Christmas music and track Santa on NORAD.  We also read three special stories before putting the kids to bed:  Twas the Night Before Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  I never manage to read it without tears.  I love that this is our long standing tradition as it puts emphasis on what Christmas is truly celebrated for. 

We also brew hot apple cider.  Yum and we open one present each on Christmas Eve.    Let's not forget leaving milk and cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.  Those are a handful of our Christmas traditions.  What are your traditions?


Emmy said...

We make gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve, but we use graham crackers. We also build a fire in the fire place and reenact the real Christmas story and drink hot chocolate on Christmas Eve.

So excited!! By the way, after I go shopping today, I will have to actually see you some time this week as we have some things for you :)

The Drama Mama said...

Normally, we would go to my mom's for CHristmas dinner, open 1 gift on Christmas Eve, and dress in a special holiday outfit.

This year we are going to have to start some new traditions since my mom isnt doing dinner this year.

Merry Christmas!!

(PS. I'm not doing 2 Truths this week. I think we could do with a week off).

jennykate77 said...

I love reading about your traditions! This is my favorite week of the year!!

P.S. You won my giveaway last week for the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. Email me your address and I'll get it in the mail to you!

Nicole said...

So far, starting out with my new husband and his daughter, we don't have traditions, and with only having his daughter every other year, it's difficult to have too many traditions, yet :)

Cherie said...

I love reading about everybody's traditions! Soooo happy!!
And we lOVE the Santa tracker too :-D

Nikki said...

Love hearing about your traditions!! This week we will be spending time with M's parents, opening gifts and I'll whip up some hot cocoa, the next morning, we are off to family in Jersey to celebrate my sisters bday with a big Italian style Christmas eve dinner (can't wait!) I'll be working on an apple pie and maybe some chocolate bark to bring! then staying at mom's, (and we'll probably open gifts that night) watching christmas movies and just spending time together, the next day we're going to my aunts and then my other aunts and my dads. and all this with traveling puppy lealu! Then taking a deep breath and just relaxing saturday night! :)

mormonhermitmom said...

With moving around and having babies in between, we really haven't developed any traditions beyond reading the nativity account in Luke. I may have to start thinking of some. :)

Amy said...

I love looking for new traditions and hearing of other people's. What fun they are!

Christmas Eve we go to my parent's house for a Jerusalem Supper (what Mary and Joseph may have eaten that Holy night.) We then read the Christmas story (Luke 2) together, and sing carols around the piano. I love that part. Also, we open gifts (from grandma and grandpa for the kids) and then disperse. I am still trying to come up with some traditions to do with just my family. We are more spontaneous. I think I am going to have the kids watch A Muppet's Christmas Carol right before bed, and then possibly tuck them in with a few more carols and another explanation of the importance of the Savior in our lives. Not sure though. Thanks for sharing what you do, it has given me some ideas!