We have a lot of fun traditions around our house and most of them are related to this time of the year. There are things that we do that stem from both side of the family and things that we have come up with on our own. The kids are growing up so much and we are trying desperately to teach them what they need to know in life so that when they are out there, on their own, the decisions they need to make will (hopefully) be second nature. We try and have fun with them and believe that we are learning as much (or more) then they are.
One of the fun traditions that we have together (that came from the
Claybaugh side) is going to see “A Christmas Carol” every year. We have seen it is various locations, some better then others. But the one that is “ours” is at the Hale Center Theater. Clay was too little still, but Koby and Spencer love seeing it and it is a good way to start of the Christmas season.
Another tradition that comes from the Hansen side is the story “Santa Mouse“. As I read it to the boys this year, the memories came flooding back of when I was younger and the times that we read and re-read the book. It was a hit around here this year as we read it several times.
The tradition that Cami and I started (or modified) is the opening of “Christmas” PJ’s the night the tree goes up. My family used to open these on Christmas Eve, but we thought it would be fun to have a present under the tree right away and it also gives the kids a chance to wear their Christmas PJ’s all season long.
Today in church I was noticing how much the boys love to draw. We have been buying them drawing pads for church and they have gone through 3 or 4 of them already. I though that it would be fun to start uploading them to flickr, so I sent some time this afternoon doing just that. Here are some drawings of Koby‘s and Spencer‘s Christmas drawings. Hope they get you in the Christmas Spirit.
Jacob Marley (by Koby)
Scrooge (by Koby)
Santa Mouse (by Koby)
Santa (by Koby)
Santa and the Tree (by Spencer)
Santa and the Sleigh (by Spencer)
Carolers Singing Rudolph the “Red Nose Reindeer” (by Spencer)
Snowmen (by Santa)
Merry Christmas from our family.