Christmas Traditions

Do you guys have Christmas traditions?  I am sure you do, as do we all, be it big or be it small, kick them off, just have a ball!  

Our newest tradition (or the tradition we will maintain while in Germany) is that we set out a Kinder Santa the day after Thanksgiving to officially kick off our Christmas season!! Kinder Eggs or Santas are illegal in America because inside the chocolate is a small toy. The toy is contained inside a shell which is inside the hollow egg. 

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MOVIES!  

Every blessed year, we make time on the weekends or an early evening (especially here where it gets dark quick).  this is our short list (okay, not so short, maybe)

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White Christmas

This movie is a musical that begins in a WWII scene. Two soldiers (played by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) are doing a show for the soldiers near the front. Post war, the soldiers team up to perform shows as a song and dance duo. They meet a lovely sister set and bump back in to their beloved General. 

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It’s a Wonderful Life

I must confess, it took me a few years watching this one with hubby before I came to love it. We always wonder what life would be like if we had never existed. George Bailey (played by the talented James Stewart) finds out just how awful it would be if he had never been born. I do love the ‘thankful’ aspect of this movie and it warms my heart watching Bailey’s friends come to his rescue out of love!

We purchased the Anniversary Blue Ray edition so that we could alternate years with the kids: one year is black and white, the next is color. It works for us πŸ˜‰

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This is another one hubby brought in to our marriage, but it is an annual staple! It’s not kid friendly in our house (language, risque scenes, and the dream pool scene) but we have had fun over the years quoting the movie and acting out scenes for fun. I will never forget the Thanksgiving where his entire family was with us, standing out in the street, to do the lighting of the exterior lights. What a hoot!

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Rudolph and Frosty

Who can forget the classic claymation movies from our childhood? We have to split these up because they are short and go to fast for our liking. Our kids have been known to watch it several times during the Christmas season. Mommy can only do them once πŸ˜‰

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CARDS/LETTERS

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I love getting all the cards and letters that come our way.  However, I have failed miserably the last, oh, 5 years at sending them out.  I had even planned to get everyone official German dirndls and lederhosen for the Christmas picture. Who wants to guess how that went? Anybody? Letters may get out in January, may not πŸ˜‰ I did get a cute ‘change of address’ card with picture out this summer, I hope that counts for the year??

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COOKIES!

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This comes from my hubby’s family.  They would plot out a full saturday where my FIL would create a million (or so, give or take a hundred) cut out sugar cookies.  Patty (my deceased MIL) would whip up several different colors of frosting (all of this is home made, mind you!) and she along with the boys would decorate cookies.  ALL DAY LONG.  

It’s been a few years now that I have followed this tradition. I avoided it for years because I am simply not a baker. I can whip up some amazing meals, but baking still alludes me. The task is easier with older kids who are happy to take over the dough making and the cutting. Of course, all the kids have to cut out a few shapes and yes, my patience is tested every year. But traditions are all about making memories for the family to reminisce about in years to come. I can handle the insanity that is baking and decorating cookies for that purpose πŸ˜‰

 SONGS

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Yep, singing.  If you have read anything from me before, you’ll remember that we are a singing group.  I love to sing, my hubby loves to sing, my children love to sing…. the dog would just talk.  No singing from him yet, but when he learns, Vegas here we come!!!  I am a bit regimented in my Christmas tunes; they are only allowed from Thanksgiving night to Jan 5th.  That way they stay special. You would have done that too if your mother gave you a holiday song CD of frogs singing Christmas carols!!!!  I need to share that torment  hell  joy with you all!!  (yes, mother, that disk still lives)

Preview A Froggy Christmas by following the link.

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4 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions

  1. If I remember correctly, the Froggy Christmas was a gift to Danny when we were living with Eunice (or the Christmas after we moved to Louisville).

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