Thursday, November 13, 2008

Blog Party ~ Day 2 ~ Traditions ~

Its Day 2 of the MomDot Blog Party. Please head on over the take part in the fun!
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The topic for today is Traditions for the Holidays. We start out the holiday by going to the Christmas Eve service at our church. Its called the "kids service" because the kids choirs sing at that time. Gavin has been singing in the choir since he was 4. It melts my heart to see him up there all dressed up singing Christmas songs. Of course we end the service by singing Silent Night while holding candles.
After church we head on over to my dad's for a yummy dinner and presents with my brother and sister. Its so fun every year.
After my dad's house on Christmas Eve we head home. Once we arrive home its all about getting ready for Santa! Gavin, Danyelle, and now Katelyn get the cookies and milk ready for Santa. We always leave Santa homemade cookies that Grammie made. Cause you know, Santa deserves the best!
After the cookies are put out, then it is time to put the food out for the reindeer. We got outside and sprinkle the reindeer food all over the front lawn. I use oatmeal with glitter in it so it sparkles as the kids are throwing it.
Next on our list is to put Santa's Magic Key on the front door. Since we don't have a chimney for Santa to enter thru he has to come in the front door. I have really old antique keys that we hand outside for Santa to use.
Gavin and Danyelle have made it tradition to sleep on Danyelle's floor together Christmas Eve. My kids love to sleep in- even on Christmas - so they usually wake us up around 830 to open presents. While we open presents I have Christmas music playing in the background and we have sausage balls for breakfast.
Around noon we make our way to my in laws house for presents and a yummy Christmas lunch. After that we meet up with my mom for more of the same thing!
Then its time to go home and have a nap for me because- boy- this holiday is exhausting!!
Thanks for stopping by!


Julie@Cool Mom Guide said...

There's nothing cuter than kids singing in a chorus! Thanks for the follow, I'm following back! ~Julie at &

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Love the old key for Santa to get in idea! Thanks for the post!

Jen said...

We sprinkled reindeer food last year, too! That was fun and really impressive on all the snow we had here in Maine.


3 Kids and Us said...

I love the idea of the magic key. We never thought of something like that.

Trish said...

The key thing is a good idea!

Custom Blog Designs said...

The slumber party is a great idea!

Momstart said...

I get really tired when it is a big family thing too. This year it is just the four of us

Staci said...

We do the reindeer food too, last year my son told me I should crawl up and put it on the roof!

Holidays really are exhausting!

Tena said...

Silent Night is one of my favorite songs, my top Christmas song is Mary Did You Know!

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

Another person who does the magic key for Santa. You guys are so clever. We have to start doing that with Morgan.

Natalie said...

I like the reindeer food idea. Can I trade kids? Mine refuses to sleep past 7 on the weekends. During the week you have to pry him out of bed though

Tracye said...

I'm finally getting back to you!

I love your traditions!

We haven't done the reindeer food yet. You have a super-busy day!

Rita @ My Precious Pennies said...

we have a magic santa key too.