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My dh and I are wanting to start a new Christmas tradition. Firstly, we don't like the chaotic 2 weeks that surrounds Christmas and New Year's. We can't do much about the traveling and the multiple Christmases, but we can separate ours from it so it can be calm and peaceful at our house, at least. So, we're going to "do" our Christmas early in December. That way we can still have a few weeks to do crafts and other traditions, and for the kids to enjoy their gifts. They are each going to get a large personalized stocking, but we want our kids not to look forward to loot, but to our time together. So, we'd like to do some sort of "family adventure" every year. Something that we can all do together and isn't part of normal life. When the kids are older (not every year...too expensive!)...one could unwrap a canoe, another paddles, another the tent, another the map with our trip marked out...something like that. The unwrapped items don't belong to the person who unwrapped them per se; they are just a part of the puzzle to figure out the surprise for the year. Or maybe, one year we all get baseball gloves? Something like that.<br><br>
So...it's harder while the children are young. We'd really like to do this, but everything seems routine to our life, or just lame. The best thought I had so far was circus tickets. It comes near us in Feb. But, I'm due with #3 in Feb, the show is 3 hours away, and, honestly, I have some moral hangups with the circus. Anyway...<br><br>
Our kids are 3 and 1. Any ideas?<br><br>
Thanks for your help!
 

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Skiing? Theater? Musical? A day at the skating park? Gym membership for the family?
 

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Hmm... zoo membership? One kid could unwrap a stuffed animal panda and the other a lion or something.
 

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Just 1More, that sounds like a fabulous tradition!! I may steal it from you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">! Since your dc are both small, I would keep whatever you decide to do small and build on it every year. maybe a family movie night?? One person opens popcorn, another person opens 3d glasses, someone opens made up "movie tickets", another person opens the movie or if you live close to a drive-in have someone open a set of matchbox cars??... I like the zoo passes w/ stuffed animals mentioned in pp, Family Board games maybe? We had lots of fun with those when I was very little..One of my favorite things from when I was little was when my mom made all three of us dolls. I still have mine 30 years later...
 

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What great ideas! My first thought was ice skating, but this might have to wait until they are older. For now you could go sledding or go for a winter nature walk (maybe even turn it into a treasure hunt searching for things in nature).<br>
I'll keep thinking...I love traditions!!
 

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I was thinking zoo or museum membership. Then you can go all year long, and they usually have different things going on throughout the year.
 

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Very cool ideas and perfect timing. DH and I are trying to figure out some Christmas traditions of our own (DS is 15 mo).
 

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I just have a minute, but wanted to say thanks for the ideas! Keep 'em coming!<br><br>
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T-shirts and fabric paint to make t-shirts every year? (Or socks or slippers). The kids and I do this every summer, and so every year they have a shirt to remember our adventures together.<br><br>
A video camera and tapes to create your own 'film' together - kids could help create a story, make costumes, act.
 

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Sounds like a lovely tradition! You've had some great responses. Since your children are young, I'd start with something small. Maybe a day at the zoo. Once they are older, maybe a camping trip would be fun. Good luck with whatever you choose!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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This was my first thought as well.<br><br>
I love this idea! Camping sounds like fun for when they are older, or you could take a trip to the ocean, or a Disney vacation, or a ski trip.
 

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I really like this idea too, I wish there were more thoughts/ideas! I want traditions too because both my husband and I are only children and we'll have 2 lo's by the end of this month so it would be really nice to have something we did together every year that perhaps will pass down through the family. The only thing that I've managed to come up with so far is making a personal ornament every year for each child and perhaps one for the family as a whole. That way when they grow up and get married or live on their own and want to have a tree, they have ornaments to start with if they want. I think this year with my son being 18mo at Christmas and DD only 2mo, I'll do simple hand prints. I was going to make extras for the people who truly care to have one(grandparents on both sides) to do as present toppers as well.
 

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Do you have any special Christmas events locally? Our local garden has a "Festival of Lights", where a million Christmas lights are put up in the winter. There's also a little tourist train, and during winter, they decorate the train's route with winter themed decorations and lights. We also have "Carol Ships", where a bunch of boats get lit up and they cruise around the local inlet and people onboard sing. There are also sometimes outdoor concerts (very cold). Do you have anything like that around you? Our kids <i>love</i> these things, and we try to attend at least one each year.
 

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EnviroKid's birthday is Christmas Eve. For his 2nd and 3rd, his choice of something really special to do that day was to ride the bus, subway, and incline (funicular) all in one day. This past spring, my Girl Scout troop chose basically the same thing for one of the expeditions they had to plan for a badge. It can be pretty exciting to ride modes of transit you don't normally use!<br><br>
We're trying to establish a family tradition of Boxing Day: On the day after Christmas, we sort out some stuff we don't need anymore, in some cases because we got new versions for Christmas. We put this stuff in boxes out of the way, and we advertise it on a local mailing list to give to anyone who wants it. Anything unclaimed by New Year's gets donated to Goodwill.
 

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Thanks for all the ideas!<br><br>
We've settled on one and I thought I'd share. I love the zoo/museum membership idea, but we're a good 2-3 hours from ANYTHING...except the ocean and the aquarium, which are both commonplace to our kids.<br><br>
The kids saw a bit of Stomp on a Mr. Rogers DVD today, and loved it. My 3yo has been talking about rhythm all day. Too bad that their show will be 3 hours away from us...a week before I'm due. We just can't do that...I'm liable to have a labor shorter than that. BUT, we're going to find a long dvd of stomp, and make a box of fun rhythm instruments...tin pails, etc. Then we can sit around and play them together. My dh and I have always loved that kind of thing, and we've been waiting to have a band with our kids as soon as they're big enough...so this is perfect!<br><br>
Thanks for your help!
 
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