Celebrating Fun: December 2012

December Holidays

4th – Santa List Day – have the kiddos sit down and write out their Christmas lists for Santa.  Even better use this printable from Somewhat Simple I found on Pinterest!
Source: somewhatsimple.com on Pinterest

Then take their lists and make these cute ornaments to have a keepsake of their lists each year!

6th – St. Nicolas Day – Learn about the man that started the tradition of Santa by watching the Veggies Tales St. Nick movie or the Christmas What’s in the Bible? DVD

7th – Letter Writing Day – write some heartfelt notes to family that is far away this holiday season.

8th – Brownie Making Day – make some brownies and deliver them to friends and neighbors!

18th – Bake Cookies Day –  This is something we have done every year since my mom and dad moved to So Cal.  It might not always be the 18th but it is sometime in December.  I pack up the boys, lots of tupperware containers, and some ingredients and head to my mom’s house where we spend most of the day baking away.  The boys help roll out and decorate cookies and then when they are done we turn on some movies for them and really get to work.  By the end of the day we have LOTS of yummy cookies to make into trays or tins to give away.  

Cookie Decorating 1

 

Cookie Decorating 3

25th – Christmas Day – spent with family and a day of remembering the birth of Christ, the TRUE reason for the season!

 

Our Christmas Family Traditions

Family Gingerbread House Competition

My husband and boys are big fans of the Food Network and all their competition shows.  Each year we send the boys to play, get the table all set up with TONS of candy treats  and preassembled house structures (because there is NO way the boys would sit while they dry!).  Then we spend the evening decorating our house while munching on sweets and sipping hot chocolate and rocking out to Christmas songs on Pandora!

Family Gingerbread House Competition

2011 Gingerbread Houses

Looking at Christmas Lights

We do this a few times during the month.  Usually we drive around one night as a family.  Our local newspaper puts out a map for our city with all the best places to see lights and we get the boys in their jammies and drive through Starbucks before driving around. 

My husband’s side of the family also gets together and we all go to a street in Rancho Cucamonga, CA called Throughbred.  The ENTIRE neighborhood goes all out and has some fabulous lights.  We park and all walk together taking pictures and having fun.  It is something we look forward to each year.  

Looking at Christmas Lights

Birthday Cake for Jesus

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

On Christmas Eve it is tradition to make Jesus a birthday cake that we eat after we open presents on Christmas Eve.  The boys each help me make the cake.  I seriously have pictures of Christopher as a toddler sitting next to my mixer as we make a cake for Jesus (they are just backed up right now so they are NOT on my computer! boo)

Last year I found a pin on Pinterest that made this tradition even better.  It was detailing how to make a layer cake with different colored layers to represent different things to basically present the gospel in cake!  

Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

The chocolate layer reminds us that we are sinful.

The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed his blood for our sins.

The white frosting reminds us that Jesus has given us a clean heart.

The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ.

The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.

The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the World.

 Christmas Eve Family Photo

Before opening presents on Christmas Eve we always get the boys in their jammies, make hot chocolate and take a family picture.  We don’t often get pictures of all of us so I love looking at these!  It shows me the blessings that God has put into my life and how each year our family has grown and changed!  I also take pictures of the boys all decked out before we head to Christmas Eve service.  

Christmas Eve Family Picture

Christmas Brunch

Christmas Brunch

I have a lovely set of Christmas china that I have collected (thanks in great part to my mom) since we got married.  I LOVE using these all December long, but especially on Christmas Day.  That is the day I get to host brunch for my mom and dad.  I always make Caramel Sticky Buns (thanks to Betty Crocker’s cookbook) the night before and then set them out to rise before the boys wake up.  Then into the oven they go and we sit together and enjoy a nice breakfast before heading to celebrate Christmas with my husband’s side of the family.

There are so many more little things we do this time of year to focus on the real meaning of the season but I will have to save those for another post.

For more ideas of things to Celebrate Fun in December, check out my CHRISTMAS CHEER board on Pinterest!

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