Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Christmas Traditions for Kidlets

These are HIGHLY messy activities! Enjoy!!

I don't know if I have ever explained how much I absolutely adore Christmas, furthur more (and this is where I get the eye rolls) I LOVE WINTER! Yep, It's my favorite season hands down and I can't wait for it to come back around every year. A main reason, of course is Christmas and it has intensified since I had my own kidlets. I love the feelings that are associated with Christmas. I am a sucker for a real fire place, the smell of the wood and the crackle of the popping logs. I wish that gas fireplaces had a built in speaker to resemble that sound, at the very least. I love that you can live in sweaters and snuggle up on the couch sipping some tea, hypnotized by the flame. I love the glow of Christmas lights and how for a small frame of time it seems so many of us are united. Car rides to see Christmas lights are a top on my list. I love the decorating and the activities we plan with our kidlets. I love sitting down with family and stuffing our faces until we pass out on the couch. I love the holiday specials on TV and the All-Christmas-Music stations. But most of all, above all else. I LOVE CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITIONS!!

A few years ago we started our Christmas Eve traditions. First rule,  no one is allowed to enter or exit on this day. This is a day for the four of us to focus on our immediate family and take a break from all the hustle and bustle. There are not to many rules on this day other than that, and it is my favorite day of the year. So I thought I would share some of our Christmas Eve traditions.

Usually we start off the day by making our Gingerbread House. It has also been a train and will likely be a sleigh in the future, but mostly a house. The 'BIG' kids (Mommy & Daddy) help with the icing and the kidlets do the decorating eating! Some decorating gets done but an awful lot more gets eaten ;)
Caught in the act ;)

 Next up is making cookies for Santa and of course US! The kidlets get all dolled up in their baking gear. All ready to get down to messy business.

Once we have the cookie dough assemble (Chocolate Chip in our case), they roll them or log them up to hit the oven. It doesn't matter what they look like because they never make it past Christmas Eve anyway, and even if they did, who cares? ;)

After we get the kitchen all cleaned up, we move our mess into the living room where we make indoor s'mores. This is a common event for our family and you can read another post about it here. This year however, we will not be making s'mores in the fireplace because we have a gas fireplace in our new house, so we'll be improvising with the oven!

 Once we have them roasted, the best part resumes...THE EATING!!

Nom Nom Nom

After we eat up all that goodness and try to stuff some healthy meals in between, we move onto more yummy goodness. As you can see, this day is not meant for watching our waistlines. We stick to the balanced nutritious stuff every other day of the year, Christmas Eve is when we get our junk on!  So to keep the theme going, we have Mount Crumpet Hot Chocolate!!! This only works well with the stuff that comes out of the can. You get the best peek for the top of your mountain.  If you don't know what Mount Crumpet is, you really need to read Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Making Mount Crumpet

Look at the peek on the mountain! This may be the favorite of the kidlets, probably because of the mess that they make ;) I promise it is worth every spill of hot chocolate for the smiles these mountains bring!

Next, one of MY favorite traditions...matching pajamas! I will so do this tradition as long as the kidlets will let me. Sometime before bed, they open there NEW Christmas pajamas, even though they spent most or all of Christmas Eve in the previous years Christmas pajamas! As they get older finding matching ones is getting tougher, they don't seem to make cute jammies above size 5. Still working on these for this year.
Opening the matching jammies! (pic from a few Christmas' ago)
Cute as can be all matched up
Next we put out our food for the reindeer on the front lawn. Super simple recipe of oatmeal and sparkles. The kidlets dump the 'food' out and Santa knows which house to come to.

Lastly, we come back inside and get our snacks ready for Santa and more for the reindeer. A sip of milk for Santa and then we snuggle up and read Little Critter's The Night Before Christmas, this is a favorite book of a great classic.

That's it! Our Christmas Eve traditions come to a rest until next year. It truly is something I look forward to every year and I highly recommend making a day that is devoted to just your immediate family. No one in or out, no exceptions, one day a year. It's worth it!!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone! What do you do with your families for the holidays?

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