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Monday, September 14, 2009

Family Traditions

Here in Memphis, we've recently had our first snippet of remotely cold weather. While not considered cold by some standards, for us it's been enough to grab a coat on the way out the door and turn the heat on for about 20 minutes just to take the nip out of the air in the house.

Every year when this first snippet rolls around,
it automatically makes me think of the HOLIDAYS!

I'm getting into Christmas mode! (Minus the need to wear sweaters like that one!)

Not to minimize Thanksgiving, but I always feel like celebrating Christmas only from December 1st through the 25th is never long enough!

I got some of the strangest looks from Miss Talks-A-Lot and Runs With Scissors when I mentioned that maybe we should bypass Thanksgiving decorations and move right into Christmas more towards the middle of November!

But just think about it...Some of the best family closeness and some of the best family traditions stem from pulling out Christmas decorations, trimming trees and baking sugar cookies! I can't wait for it to be so cold outside that everyone prefers to stay in and be together!!

Chief makes a fire in the fireplace and I turn on 104.5 The River, (because they start playing non-stop Christmas music on Thanksgiving Day!) and the baking begins!

There are traditions that I had as a kid that I try to incorporate with my own kids, but I'm learning that it's just as exciting to make new traditions also. Ones that my kids will remember as they grow.

In my house, the kids have already asked for puppychow or Chex cereal covered in chocolate and powdered sugar.  And they always get so excited knowing they get to open one gift on Christmas Eve night when we get home from Granma's house!

What are some of your family traditions? 
Is there something you do every year that makes your family that much closer? Is there something your kids always ask for every year?

I'd like to hear from you!

And while you're at it, go check out tipjunkie.com. I love to give credit where it's due, and I always get the absolute best ideas from Laurie and her readers that submit all the cool stuff they make! 

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