Monday, November 22, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge- Day 1

Its time to get this fun and fabulous blog challenge kicked off! We really hope you all participate and join in on the fun (at least a few days). Don't forget to link up at the bottom of this page! I'm SO excited to read every one's family traditions.



Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outside)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?

Christmas traditions are so fun/important to me. I love the holiday's, and spending time with friends and family. 

Christmas Eve we always come to our house and have my parents over. We do dinner, and open presents with the girls. The girls essentially get to have 3 Christmases, lucky ducks! We open all the gifts from my mom and dad with the kids and spend the rest of the evening playing with their new toys (and ours too ;)). Christmas morning we always wake up bright and early and open the presents with the girls that Gerrad and I have purchased for them (and Santa, whoops). Then we go over to Gerrad's mom and dad's around 10am to eat a big breakfast spread and open more gifts. We usually spend most the day over there just playing with all the kids and enjoying time together as a family.

The girls and I usually have an evening where we'll bake a few goodies, and dance around to Christmas music. I typically have them help me drag out all the Christmas decorations, and put some of them up. They like to pick where things should go, and help me hang ornaments on the tree.

A tradition in our neighborhood is that all the homes on our street line the sidewalks with candy canes and string white Christmas lights on them, Gerrad is always in charge of getting all those put up. We also put quite a few blow up decorations in the yard for the girls, its their favorite thing. We spend pretty much EVERY night in December driving around looking at lights. I think I secretly love doing that as a family as much as Macie and Addaline do! 

We also have a fun tradition with our group of friends. We get together and have a 'girls baking night.' We all get together, the husbands all entertain the kiddos while us gals bake up a storm, every Christmas goodie you can think of, we make! This year we're adding a 'Tacky Sweater Party' to our list of December events.

Days 1 -3 are November 22 - 24
**** NO BLOG CHALLENGE ON Thanksgiving! ****
Day 4 will pick back up on November 26th!!


Kelly said...

Ahhh, I can already tell, this blog "challenge" (if you want to call it that!!) is going to be SOOO much fun!! I looove the fact that you get to spend such wonderful, quality time with both sets of parents. It sounds so lovely :-D And I love that your neighborhood joins together to decorate!! So cute :-D My friends and I have what we call an annual Cookie Marathon where we make sooo many types of cookies! Hope you have a great day, Molly!

Summer said...

Hey girl,
I love your new header, your family pics are fabulous and you look amazing! Our traditions sound lots alike!! I love driving and looking at lights too! A girls Christmas cookoff sounds so fun!! This year my bestie wants me to come over and show her how to make a few goodies....I am excited for it!!

Have a great day
I miss talking to ya


Aly @ Analyze This said...

I loooove going to look at Christmas Lights! Typically, my Mom and I will hit up Starbucks, get ourselves a nice, hot drink, then drive around for a bit and 'oooo' and 'ahhhh' at all the lights! :)

Kit said...

I love going around looking at Christmas lights too!!! I love this Challenge! Thanks for hosting it!

Neely said...

I love the baking tradition. My girlfriends and I did that every year in hs and it was so fun. BUt most of them moved away :(

Caroline said...

Your Christmas sounds so relaxed and fun!!! Love the girls baking tradition. And I want to come and see your street's candy canes and lights. Too cute!

Melissa Jo said...

Tacky christmas sweater parties are SO much fun! As family we've put them on and taken cheesy Christmas pics around the tree too for fun!

Thank you for hosting this challenge!

Kerbi said...

I love looking at Christmas lights! I bet your girls baking night is so much fun! We used to have a Tacky Sweater Party in college...such a wonderful idea!

LivKit said...

Aww the traditions! I think I am going to start a girls night during the holidays for my girls.. We would love doing silly holiday stuff!

LivKit said...

Oh and looking at Christmas lights and dancing around baking cookies it the best!

Anne said...

Your family is so cute and I love your traditions - especially girls baking night and looking at Christmas lights!

Ryan Kay said... your traditions. cute blog!

Laura said...

I just stumbled across your blog and love it! It's so fun finding other KS bloggers - I feel like there aren't very many of us! :)

Amanda said...

great list!! :)

Marah said...

i'm your newest follower!

i'm linking up for the 12 days of christmas challenge!

i'd love for you to come check out my blog and follow back!