Monday, December 10, 2012

Family Traditions

William's birthday is past and so we set up the tree today.  That's sort of been the tradition around here.
This morning I got out all the Christmas decorations.  Then in the afternoon the girls got the tree put up.  After dinner we strung the lights and Dennis topped the tree with an angel.

The kids took turns hanging up ornaments.  We hung just bulbs this year-- a chance from prior years.
Nolan certainly enjoyed decorating the tree for the first time.
So did Oliver.






We decided to start two new traditions this year.  The first idea we got from another family-- doing something special for Jesus since it is his birthday.  After discussing it as a family, I think we all agreed that it would be nice to bake cookies and take them to a retirement home and sing carols and spend some time with them.  Not just take cookies and run, but actually talk to them, sing with them, and play games with them.

Matthew 25:40
  “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

The other tradition was inspired by none other than Aunt Tanya when she gave us some Christmas money and asked me to do something special for the kids.
Ever since Cousin Matt and Jenn had a chocolate fountain at their wedding the kids have talked about getting one.  So that is what the kids got!

And now every Christmas after decorating the tree, we will have a chocolate fountain party!
It was awesome!
And so delicious!
Happy Early Christmas!
What family traditions do you have?

6 comments:

  1. I love both traditions! Because we live in Guatemala, we buy firecrackers to set off every night from the 15th to the 24th. The kids LOVE it. We also do at least one craft each week to decorate the house.

    Our tree goes up on the 1st, but this year it sat there with nothing but a popcorn string for 8 days because our lights were all destroyed. When we finally bought lights, the baby hauled on the lower string and broke them 2 days later. Oh well.

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  2. My girls would love the chocolate fountain idea!

    We have an Advent Story Book which retells the start of Luke; each day has a little board book with a couple of sentences on, and we read the story then hang the books on a little tree.

    We usually have an advent candle too, to light each day. But not this year.

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  3. Love all these sweet pictures and happy faces !!

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  4. The only time I buy steak is for our Christmas meal. The first time I did it we all agreed we would make that a Christmas tradition.

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  5. Hi! We buy some decorations for the tree and every year we make new decorations to place on it.Pat

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  6. I think we have the same angel! Great family traditions...need to check out a chocolate fountain. We tried one for R's birthday one year and we couldn't get the chocolate the right consistency to flow.

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