Busy, busy, busy – Christmas Traditions

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a very busy time in our household.  Every year, we host a big holiday party at our house for our kids’ friends and their parents.  We have an ornament exchange for the kids.  And every kid gets to decorate a gingerbread house.  My friend and I make all of the gingerbread houses from scratch and assemble them before the party.  As you can see from the picture, it’s a crazy but super fun time for the kids.

This year we decided to add some “fun” for the adults – an ugly sweater contest.  I’d post pictures of that but I want to protect the innocent.

The next morning, we went to my work’s Children’s Holiday party.  It’s quite an event.  They rent out a movie theater complex.  There are different activities in each of the theaters.  One you can have a family picture taken and it’s made into an ornament.  In another theater the kids get to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and some elves.  There are art projects in another.  And every kid get a little present.  There are balloon artists and a magician in the hallways.  In the front foyer, they have a mechanical, ride-on reindeer and polar bear.  After all the activities, you get to watch a movie.  This year, we watched The Muppet Movie.  It’s quite an event.

A friend of mine hosts a cookie swap every year.  I have to figure out what I’m going to make this year.  I’m thinking maybe snickerdoodles.  A couple years back, the dads decided that they deserved a night out like our cookie swap.  So they started a tradition of a beer swap.  So it’s makes for quite a fun filled time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What are some traditions you have in your family during the holiday season?

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One Response to Busy, busy, busy – Christmas Traditions

  1. Allison says:

    My traditions are a lot like yours ;) Still lovin the blog Mary!

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