Clients and Friends Share Holiday Traditions

December 18, 2013

Thanks to everyone who shared their holiday traditions with us this year. We enjoyed reading all of them and might even adopt a few ourselves!

Thanks to everyone who shared their holiday traditions with us this year. We enjoyed reading all of them and might even adopt a few ourselves!

Here are some of favorites:

Camping out under the tree: One year my kids begged to spend the night sleeping under the twinkly lights of the Christmas tree, and it has been a tradition every year. They gather sleeping bags and stuffed animals and talk themselves to sleep, wondering what Santa will bring that year.

Our family hides a pickle ornament every year and whichever child finds it get $5.

Ornament hanging competition: My big brother and I would compete each year to see who could hang an ornament as low as possible on the tree without it touching the floor. We always used these scruffy little elves made with a pinecone body and felt heads and clothing. Of course, there was always a lot of arguing over who had the lowest elf!

For advent I would make a cradle out of an empty oats container wrapped in brown construction paper, and I would stop by the local stables for a lunch bag full of hay. Whenever my kids did something good they would get to put a few pieces of straw in the cradle for the baby Jesus. By some miracle there was always enough hay in the cradle by Christmas morning for our baby doll Jesus to have a soft bed.

Each year for the past 10 years or so I have purchased similar Christmas tree ornaments for my three daughters. When they move out they can take their ornaments to hang on their own Christmas tree. And then I’ll have an excuse to buy a lot of new ornaments for my tree!

Final note:  I just came across this wonderful list of Christmas party games online.  Who knows, maybe one of them will become a tradition! http://www.signupgenius.com/home/christmas-party-games.cfm  

Happy holidays to all of you from all of us at Sweet Peas Design

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