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December 25, 2009


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Kathy R (Bermudaonion)

I love holiday traditions and hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!


Lovely to read your holiday traditions! Glad the day was very merry!


I wish I had the forethought to do the "Santa" presents but my son when he was younger felt that if there were presents under the tree BEFORE Christmas then that meant there was no Santa so I ended up hauling all presents out the night before. I never thought to make some Santa presents and others from us.


I could have written this post myself! So many of your traditions we practice in my own family.

I didn't have to pull the blinds this year as it flurried all day (and continues to flurry today) and we had about 10 inches of snow on the ground!

I hope you are able to rest and relax the rest of this holiday weekend.

Robin Antalek

Thanks for inviting me to participate in your "open house" It was a wonderful idea and I've so enjoyed reading about all the holiday traditions!

P.S. We too like a cloudy preferably snowy Christmas... it's really the one time of year where the sun just isn't welcome!


I share in your snowman addiction!

Book Club Girl

Robin, maybe it's an upstate NY thing, my Dad hails from very near you. ;) I am glad to hear that others share this non-sunny Christmas obsession.

Spent today doing pretty much nothing, except for playing with presents with my son - and even napping! So great.


I love that you've incorporated a piece of English tradition into your family! We have very controlled present opening; I can't imagine trying to watch each child open each present when they are all just tearing to the gifts. It does sound like fun for the kids!

Meg Waite Clayton

>No one can go downstairs until we all go down. Daddy or I go down to turn on the heat, set out the coffee cake and the coffee, while the children wait impatiently at the top of the stairs.

Enjoy this! We have crossed over this year: the parents now have to wake up the children (now 20 and 17).

Book Club Girl

Meg, I hear you.
Interestingly, this year, I was trying to calm the 3 1/2 year old down, telling him to cuddle some more in bed because the girls wouldn't want to get up yet when suddenly we heard the giggles of the 14 yo and 17 yo (even further) upstairs. He lit up and ran up there to get them.

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