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12/8/09 11:34 P

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We are usually involved in the church Christmas programs and do some 'giving' activities. We'll be going to help pack up Operation Christmas Child boxes this weekend.

The Jotham's Journey and sequels have been well loved Advent stories, and I found a book of various Christmas stories to read aloud this year.

Gotta go look at the lights around town, of course, and Christmas is the one holiday with our families that we don't miss! The adults have a white elephant gift exchange that is the highlight of the day. lol

Tina

"Life's a dance, you learn as you go... " Go ahead and dance!

Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!


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12/8/09 2:23 P

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We like to read the Christmas story right from the Bible on Christmas day. Then all of the children that are old enough sit down and write what Christmas means to them (or draw a picture for the younger ones or both). We don't have a tree or any decorations other than a nativity. My DH and I have always tried to live every day for Christ, so even though Christmas signifies His birth, every day is filled with Christ here. :)

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12/7/09 1:38 P

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Oh yeah, some of you WON'T find this amusing but years ago when my older kids were tiny, my mom bought me this nativity set from Haiti. It's blobs of clay painted up to look like people and a coconut shell "barn." Normally this thing would have been shuffled into the attic never to be seen again BUT it's, uh, a little unique. I have no Josephs but 2 Mary's. It's now the family joke that we have Mary and Josephine, the lesbian nativity couple sitting on the mantle. Considering that we don't practice christianity, it works for us.

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12/7/09 1:34 P

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We actually only have a few christmas traditions because we only celebrate christmas with extended family. We celebrate Yule or winter solstice, generally with a meal. Also, on the sunday before christmas, we go to the in-laws and do a celebration with them.

On the 23rd, it's my little guy's birthday so we have a party for that. Fortunately he's only 4 so he doesn't know yet that he's getting jipped. When he's older, we'll probably celebrate in the summer.

Then the 24th we go to mom's in between their church services. They open presents from mom and from my sister who is an in home care nurse and works on Christmas day. On the 25th, the family comes here. We have to have cinnamon rolls (granny's recipe) and this funky egg casserole that everyone in my family dislikes. This year I'm only making a couple and then making appetizer type stuff for the rest of us who don't like greasy sausage and cheese over egg soaked bread. (I thought of getting rid of it all together but my sister already threw a fit because I didn't make corn casserole for TG. But hey, 3 people are allergic to corn out of the 9 who were here so I didn't mess with it!)

On the 26th we do something to acknowledge Kwanzaa. also this year, I'll be taking my oldest daughter for her mom-daughter birthday jaunt since the 27th falls on a Sunday. We always go hit the indian buffet and then spend her birthday $$ at the after christmas sales.

On the actual 27th this year she's going to go to the movies with a friend or two and probably have a sleepover.

then we have a day or 2 to rest before hosting a NYE party for our homeschool friends.

We're honestly still in flux since losing my grandparents so alot of things are changing. The one sacred? thing is Granny's cinnamon rolls. Have to have them. OH, and we HAVE to eat before presents. We used to eat after presents but one year Granddad bought Granny a diamond ring and she was so shaken up by it that she burned the cinnamon rolls. So now we eat first, just in case there's another diamond under the tree. (However unlikely that is! LOL)


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12/6/09 11:48 P

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What are some of your family's traditions? What are your favorites?

Tina

"Life's a dance, you learn as you go... " Go ahead and dance!

Reading about Paleo and Raw Food diets is inspiring changes in My diet! Just enough to want to add lots of veggies!


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