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post #21 of 46

The hope. Mostly symbolized through the lights on the tree. :) I wrote about it: http://soggyinmilk.blogspot.com/2012/11/christmas.html

 

Oh man I like wrapping presents. And eating cookies. Luckily this year my husband is baking more than ever before. So I'm getting to eat all I want. Nom nom.

post #22 of 46
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Oh - I like that. Mind if I copy it? I try to do stuff like that, anyway, but I like the "RACK" thing....

I don't mind a bit! I found the idea on Pinterest, so it's not even my idea to begin with! smile.gif
post #23 of 46
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rightkindofme: I love wrapping presents, too.

 

The more I think about this, the more I realize that the only part of Christmas I genuinely dislike is the crowds at the stores...especially when I'm just there to pick up some milk and eggs, yk? I do have to admit that most of the people around here are pretty polite in the store - not quite so great in the parking lot, though.

post #24 of 46
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Oh gosh, everything. DD and I decorated yesterday, and it was so fun watching her little face light up and say, "Oh, I remember that!!" with each new thing I pulled out of the box. I love baking too, and the twinkly lights, and the feeling of merriment and camaraderie that seems to permeate even casual interactions at this time of year.

This year the kids and I are going to start a new tradition where we "RACK" people. It stands for random acts of Christmas kindness, and I printed up a bunch of cards that say, "You've been RACKed!", with the acronym spelled out in fine print at the bottom of the card. We're going to do things like tape coins to gumball machines, feed parking meters, leave candy bars in the mailbox, pay tolls for the car behind us, etc., always leaving a "You've been RACKed!" card. I'm really looking forward to it, just for the sheer fun/silliness of it and for the lesson it'll teach the kids.


I LOVE that! DH loves doing stuff like that for people so I gotta tell him about leaving RACKed cards!

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post #25 of 46
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Oh gosh, everything. DD and I decorated yesterday, and it was so fun watching her little face light up and say, "Oh, I remember that!!" with each new thing I pulled out of the box. I love baking too, and the twinkly lights, and the feeling of merriment and camaraderie that seems to permeate even casual interactions at this time of year.
This year the kids and I are going to start a new tradition where we "RACK" people. It stands for random acts of Christmas kindness, and I printed up a bunch of cards that say, "You've been RACKed!", with the acronym spelled out in fine print at the bottom of the card. We're going to do things like tape coins to gumball machines, feed parking meters, leave candy bars in the mailbox, pay tolls for the car behind us, etc., always leaving a "You've been RACKed!" card. I'm really looking forward to it, just for the sheer fun/silliness of it and for the lesson it'll teach the kids.

 

Me too! The lights, the decorations, the music, buying presents for people, watching the kids open their presents, spending time with my family, snuggling together watching Christmas movies, baking, everything!

 

I was just trying to think of a way to incorporate a Christmas theme to something I remember a friend doing years back for Halloween (Being spooked? Boo'ed? I can't remember...) Either way, I love that idea! I'm stealing it.

post #26 of 46
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My kids' excitement. I was a pretty jaded kid from early on, so seeing their joy means a lot to me.

 

This is so true of me, too!  I have so much fun planning it all and decorating and gift buying/wrapping, stockings.  And I am not one iota religious and it is so much about getting awesome toys for my kids!  lol  And I love the food part, too (though my kids are not very into food, drives me crazy!).  

 

This year I got the a TON of rokenbok (which will be a new thing for us) and I'm really hoping that all four of us are down on the floor building all day.  love.gif

post #27 of 46

I love this post so much! You've got me all excited for Christmas. I adore the tree too...it's just so special to have a real tree in your house, the smell of it is amazing.

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I've never quite been able to decide what part is my favourite.

 

I love the lights - something about all those twinkles and glows in the dark is really uplifting. I like walking and driving around and seeing lights everywhere. (I don't mind the inflatables and stuff, as long as they're not too over the top.) We have some amazing light-based attractions in Vancouver, and we go to at least one each year (google Van Dusen gardens, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Stanley Park Christmas train, if you're interested - Capilano Suspension Bridge's show is particularly magical).

 

I love the music. There are some songs, and some versions of others, that I don't care for. But, in general, I like hearing all the upbeat, bouncy Christmas songs (the stuff like Frosty and Rudolph and Up on the Housetop, etc.) and the beautiful, beautiful carols. I'm not religious - my Christmas is completely secular/cultural - but I love Christmas carols.

 

The smells...pine/fir and citrus (from all the mandarins) and spices and baking and...it's all so delicious. Every year, that moment when we bring the tree inside, and the whole house smells of it, is the most pure "this is Christmas" moment of the whole season.

 

Food and family - separate, but intertwined, because we do a big dinner at my mom's, with both my siblings and their families, every year. I love all the foods - mincemeat tarts and fruit cake (yes - I love fruit cake - we do exist!) and mandarin oranges and shortbread and turkey with the trimmings and butter cookies (yes - storebought) and pfefferneusse and gingerbread and everything I'm forgetting - that we only eat at this time of year.

 

I love the traditions, both small and large. I love finding some marzipan fruit for my mom, because one of us has bought her marzipan fruit every Christmas since my brother was about twelve (he's almost 50). I love picking out a craft and working with my three youngest, to make gifts for their grandparents (haven't figured those out for this year yet). I love opening brand new PJs on Christmas Eve. I love doing the activity advent calendar for the kids. I love watching It's a Wonderful Life (dh's favourite Christmas movie - I hadn't actually seen it when he met me, which shocked him).

 

I love shopping for stocking stuffers. I love opening all the stockings on Christmas morning, while the whole family chills in our PJs (the new ones we got the night before). I love watching the expressions on everyone's faces as they find the things they were looking for (the Bic 4 colour pen, for instance) and the new surprises.

 

I love the wrapping paper and gift bags, and generally festive appearance around the Christmas tree.

 

The Christmas tree. I can't even describe how much I love Christmas trees - the lights, the tinsel, the decorations, etc. I love the smell. I love the pile of presents underneath (I think if we had no gifts, I'd dig out empty boxes and wrapping paper, just for the pile).

 

So...yeah...I'm kind of a Christmas junkie. I'm sure I forgot lots of stuff.

 

 

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I've never quite been able to decide what part is my favourite.

 

I love the lights - something about all those twinkles and glows in the dark is really uplifting. I like walking and driving around and seeing lights everywhere. (I don't mind the inflatables and stuff, as long as they're not too over the top.) We have some amazing light-based attractions in Vancouver, and we go to at least one each year (google Van Dusen gardens, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Stanley Park Christmas train, if you're interested - Capilano Suspension Bridge's show is particularly magical).

 

I love the music. There are some songs, and some versions of others, that I don't care for. But, in general, I like hearing all the upbeat, bouncy Christmas songs (the stuff like Frosty and Rudolph and Up on the Housetop, etc.) and the beautiful, beautiful carols. I'm not religious - my Christmas is completely secular/cultural - but I love Christmas carols.

 

The smells...pine/fir and citrus (from all the mandarins) and spices and baking and...it's all so delicious. Every year, that moment when we bring the tree inside, and the whole house smells of it, is the most pure "this is Christmas" moment of the whole season.

 

Food and family - separate, but intertwined, because we do a big dinner at my mom's, with both my siblings and their families, every year. I love all the foods - mincemeat tarts and fruit cake (yes - I love fruit cake - we do exist!) and mandarin oranges and shortbread and turkey with the trimmings and butter cookies (yes - storebought) and pfefferneusse and gingerbread and everything I'm forgetting - that we only eat at this time of year.

 

I love the traditions, both small and large. I love finding some marzipan fruit for my mom, because one of us has bought her marzipan fruit every Christmas since my brother was about twelve (he's almost 50). I love picking out a craft and working with my three youngest, to make gifts for their grandparents (haven't figured those out for this year yet). I love opening brand new PJs on Christmas Eve. I love doing the activity advent calendar for the kids. I love watching It's a Wonderful Life (dh's favourite Christmas movie - I hadn't actually seen it when he met me, which shocked him).

 

I love shopping for stocking stuffers. I love opening all the stockings on Christmas morning, while the whole family chills in our PJs (the new ones we got the night before). I love watching the expressions on everyone's faces as they find the things they were looking for (the Bic 4 colour pen, for instance) and the new surprises.

 

I love the wrapping paper and gift bags, and generally festive appearance around the Christmas tree.

 

The Christmas tree. I can't even describe how much I love Christmas trees - the lights, the tinsel, the decorations, etc. I love the smell. I love the pile of presents underneath (I think if we had no gifts, I'd dig out empty boxes and wrapping paper, just for the pile).

 

So...yeah...I'm kind of a Christmas junkie. I'm sure I forgot lots of stuff.

post #28 of 46
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Oh gosh, everything. DD and I decorated yesterday, and it was so fun watching her little face light up and say, "Oh, I remember that!!" with each new thing I pulled out of the box. I love baking too, and the twinkly lights, and the feeling of merriment and camaraderie that seems to permeate even casual interactions at this time of year.
This year the kids and I are going to start a new tradition where we "RACK" people. It stands for random acts of Christmas kindness, and I printed up a bunch of cards that say, "You've been RACKed!", with the acronym spelled out in fine print at the bottom of the card. We're going to do things like tape coins to gumball machines, feed parking meters, leave candy bars in the mailbox, pay tolls for the car behind us, etc., always leaving a "You've been RACKed!" card. I'm really looking forward to it, just for the sheer fun/silliness of it and for the lesson it'll teach the kids.

 

No, no, don't do this!!  If you are caught by the postal service, you can be fined a huge amount! 

 

And, honestly, I'd toss a candy bar that was put into my mailbox.  

 

Why not, instead, do these acts of kindness at a local nursing home or assisted living residence (with the staff's permission, of course!).  Those folks really need a lot of cheer in their lives.  Decorate their doors, help decorate their apartments/rooms, read Christmas stories out loud or offer to bake cookies for them to decorate.  The holidays can be hard times for these residents, especially if they don't have family nearby (or, any family).  Contact your local big box stores about donating small, tabletop trees and some decorations for the residents.  We did this in our small town and the Wal-Mart helped in such a grand way!  These are great lessons to teach your children.

 

Also, don't forget about doing these things AFTER the holidays, in January, which can be a bigger let down for people.    

post #29 of 46
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No, no, don't do this!!  If you are caught by the postal service, you can be fined a huge amount! 

 

And, honestly, I'd toss a candy bar that was put into my mailbox.  

 

Why not, instead, do these acts of kindness at a local nursing home or assisted living residence (with the staff's permission, of course!).  Those folks really need a lot of cheer in their lives.  Decorate their doors, help decorate their apartments/rooms, read Christmas stories out loud or offer to bake cookies for them to decorate.  The holidays can be hard times for these residents, especially if they don't have family nearby (or, any family).  Contact your local big box stores about donating small, tabletop trees and some decorations for the residents.  We did this in our small town and the Wal-Mart helped in such a grand way!  These are great lessons to teach your children.

 

Also, don't forget about doing these things AFTER the holidays, in January, which can be a bigger let down for people.    

 

I meant my own mailbox, for my mail carrier. 

 

Yes, we do lots of charitable stuff throughout the year, and particularly at Christmastime, but that's not the point of the "RACK" thing -- those are just silly little ideas to brighten someone's day. But thanks for judging my good deeds as not good enough! thumb.gif

post #30 of 46

I love the random acts of kindness idea  thumb.gif

 

 

Christmas is a beautiful time of year. I particularly enjoy seeing homes decorated with lights. The tree w/sparkling lights and homemade ornaments the children have made over the years as well as a few favorites bought.... baking homemade cookies, Christmas movies..... those are a few of my favorites.

post #31 of 46
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I meant my own mailbox, for my mail carrier. 

 

Yes, we do lots of charitable stuff throughout the year, and particularly at Christmastime, but that's not the point of the "RACK" thing -- those are just silly little ideas to brighten someone's day. But thanks for judging my good deeds as not good enough! thumb.gif

 

Point out to me, please, where I "judged" your deeds as not good enough? headscratch.gif

post #32 of 46
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Point out to me, please, where I "judged" your deeds as not good enough? headscratch.gif

Telling me what I should do "instead" of what I had planned to do indicates to me that my plan wasn't sufficient in your opinion. But whatever, enjoy your holidays.

Let's see, another favorite part of Christmas for me is making crafts with my kids. There are so many incredibly cute and cheap ideas on Pinterest, so the kids and I have been enjoying breaking out the q-tips, paint, popsicle sticks, etc. and making cute little crafts.
post #33 of 46

Oh! I almost forgot! I like getting/making hot chocolate, and driving around looking at all the lights/decorated houses! DD has been asking when we can go, and I told her we really need to wait until closer to time, so that more people have their decorations up. But we do point out the different houses to them that are decorated now.

post #34 of 46
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Oh! I almost forgot! I like getting/making hot chocolate, and driving around looking at all the lights/decorated houses! DD has been asking when we can go, and I told her we really need to wait until closer to time, so that more people have their decorations up. But we do point out the different houses to them that are decorated now.

 

I saw the cutest idea for that on this blog. After her kids were ready for bed, she surprised them with a ticket to the Minivan Express, and had popcorn and cocoa waiting in the car for them to snack on as they drove around looking at lights. I'm so stealing that idea! 

post #35 of 46
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I saw the cutest idea for that on this blog. After her kids were ready for bed, she surprised them with a ticket to the Minivan Express, and had popcorn and cocoa waiting in the car for them to snack on as they drove around looking at lights. I'm so stealing that idea! 

 

Holy cow, that's awesome! I think I'm going to steal that idea, as well! Thanks!

post #36 of 46
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Holy cow, that's awesome! I think I'm going to steal that idea, as well! Thanks!

 

I know, so freaking cute. If you click through to the link for the PDF of the tickets, there are more cute ideas, like to have the kids line up outside the car in their PJs and slippers and have a parent "conductor" hole-punch their ticket as they climb aboard. Like you, we'll wait a couple weeks so that there will be plenty of lights to look at, but I'm so excited!! I just printed our tickets on photo paper and they look awesome. (I used the ones that say "Christmas Express" instead of "Minivan Express" since we don't have a minivan -- both types are on the PDF.) 

post #37 of 46

Favorite part of xmas?

 

I love the thread in this forum after talking about what you received, esp from MIL!!

 

 

I love doing xmas for our kids now. For years I have dreaded xmas= maybe because I worked retail in hs, and part of college so I saw the bad part of xmas. Also my bday is 12/24. I remember growing up always having a wonderful xmas morning and great holiday but the stress my parents put each other under leading to it was crazy.

post #38 of 46

we have a split family tradition around christmas. ex really loves christmas and the whole magical thing. he and dd are fantasy literature fans and share just love magic. she loves his surprises and traditions so much that she has not given up on santa even at 10. 

 

so i decided to change the dynamics of our christmas so that it does not compete with ex's. plus it made it easier not having money to really buy dd a present. so dd spends christmas eve and part of xmas day with ex. so xmas day itself for us is pretty laid back. 

 

what i DO do with dd are a whole bunch of xmas outdoors activities. i am not a crafty person - her dad is. so they do their thing. there are a bunch of free activities around us. so we do all that. so really our christmas begins around the middle of november. we are out 3 nights a week. 

 

dd and i both love singing but we dont have great voices. so we attend carol singing events and this year in exchange of work trade we are taking part in two carol singing activities in the community (both taught by a professional voice coach where we spend the first half hour learning how to breathe and enunciate). gosh though!!! dd makes me feel OLD. at the end of two practises dd has memorised all the words of the carols, got the general idea of the music so watches the director better than any one else. she is the youngest in both groups. music has always been part of our christmas experience. 

 

for some reason xmas is always a very grey day - year after year. so its become a tradition after dd comes home to walk the empty streets nursing hot pumpkin soy milk and enjoying the emptiness, greyness and the beauty of rolling leaves and barking dogs. in fact we just happen to start this at dd's first xmas and it was then that i discovered the beauty of grey days and and empty streets so its become a part of our lives. 

 

however our traditions are changing. we did the hot chocolate and drive to the lights and hot chocolate or tea and walk our own decorated neighborhood. but dd is kinda getting out of this. in fact at dd grows older i notice quite a few of our traditions are changing. this was our first halloween where she went with friends so i wasnt the parent taking them. this year dd wasnt too interested in the mall anymore. we used to love being there window shopping and just watching people and seeing odd and specialty stuff just for the season. the lights too she wasnt interested in till she found out her friends had not gone to those particular lights so she wants to take them. 

 

this is the first year in our new neighborhood. we will be having friends over for christmas brunch. i love getting ready for the meal because dd and her friends just love helping and cleaning. we had a great TG. dd and friends helped with cleaning and chopping and cooking the meal. this is our first year of vegan TG and xmas to respect dd's wishes - so its been exciting. the neighborhood kids lead v. typical lives so they couldnt believe we could have a feast without meat. it will be our first xmas without egg nog. it might possibly be our first holiday with no sugar as dd tries to give up 'cruel food'. she's been struggling ... so we shall see. 

 

this is the year when tradition no longer involves just mother dd, but mother and a bunch of rambunctious kids. 

post #39 of 46

We make gingerbread cookies and the kids decorate them.

Also the kids get new PJs.

I like making photo calendars for the next year.
 

post #40 of 46
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We make gingerbread cookies and the kids decorate them.

 

     Mmm, sounds like a good tradition... I can't wait until my DS is old enough to help with cookies!

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