Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

Can you believe Christmas is in 5 days??? I still feel like I have a lot to do....
Here we go... traditions.

We leave milk and cookies for Santa.......

We LOVE to send and receive Christmas cards.... a picture of our card this year (not the best picture).

We decorate our house for Christmas... here is the outside of ours. My husband always does such a great job on the outside!

We welcome our elf, Jolly! The kids love it... this year he brought a friend, Sparkle!

The kids get a set of new Christmas pajamas (or 10 sets :))......

We wrap our favorite Christmas books for advent. The kids take turns choosing one each night and we read it around the Christmas tree. 

Pictures with Santa... we go to the same Santa every year! 2016

Bryson's first Santa picture. He was really studying Santa. :) 2016


Just for fun are Santa pics throughout the years... I have each one framed and put them out each year. The kids love looking at them and so do we. :) I also have a cute little sign sitting out that reads: Santa Is Watching... :) 

Kinsley's 1st Christmas!

Witten's 1st Christmas! This year Kinsley wasn't so happy to see Santa & Witten doesn't know what to think! haha... 

We decided to get Witten's picture taken by himself since it was his first Christmas. This was taken at the Gaylord. 

This year I decided to do pajama pictures--they are gonna love me for this one day! Witten isn't so sure this year about Santa! This is also the year we decided we would come back to this Santa each year. 



Letters to Santa... this year he wrote them back! Kinsley keeps writing him back and she got one back the other day. She was thrilled!!!! :) I am assuming someone writes back from the post office. 

We make a glass blown ornament... it started out just the two of us and we started including the kids. They love it and get to pick the colors, etc. Witten was too afraid to go near the fire, so he watched from afar. :)

Gingerbread Houses are always on our list..... it's always so much fun!

The Southlake Tree Lighting is always fun too.....

The Parade of Lights in Fort Worth! This year we took my three nieces with us... it was crazy, but we had fun!

Carriage Ride through Highland Park.. one of my favorites!

This year we got elfed... the kids were so very excited! We elfed someone from our neighborhood. It's kind of like the Boo'ed during Halloween. This was elf'ed and it is between our neighborhood.. so fun! The friend/neighbor that elf'ed us thought of each child individually, Bryson too! It was fun. 

Baking sweet treats... this picture is from last year (we haven't baked ours yet this year).

An annual Christmas Party with a few of my friends since middle school... sometimes we add more friends and sometimes it's just the four of us. We have done a gift exchange, ornament exchange... this year we are doing a favorite things theme.... Now that we have kids, we do a gift exchange for them too. It's a fun night to get together, chat, eat, drink and have fun. This picture is from a couple years ago. We have been doing this just about every year since 2001.

We drive and look at nights just about every single night... but this house is one of our very favorite houses! We keep hoping to drive by one night when the Grinch is out. The kids absolutely love seeing the Grinch on the screen (it looks real). 

The kids sing in the Christmas program at church. 

Witten had his preschool Christmas program. 

Kinsley had her dance performance (nothing big, just a small preview). 

We do the Live Nativity every year and afterwards they have petting zoo, bounce houses, food trucks, hot cocoa... It is one of our favorite traditions. Sadly, my I didn't take many pictures this year. I was holding Bryson. :) I posted a picture from the year before of us on the trailer. 

We always do something different... One year we stayed the night at the Gaylord and did all the activities, last year we did the Polar Express Train, this year we did Rudolph at the Bass Hall. 

Here are a few from last year of our trip to the Gaylord:

Those are just a few of our many traditions during Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading about all your traditions and Christmas fun!


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