Hanging of the Greens

This year we’re continuing with some family traditions we started last year, and adding some new ones.

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This is a new tradition for us this year.  We’re grateful for all that we have, and all that we’re able to give Hannah Rose.  We believe that one of the least important things about Christmas time is the getting of presents.  Sure, that’s lots of fun–don’t get me wrong.  But there’s so much more to the holiday season than that, or there could be if you open yourself up to it.  I believe whole-heartedly that in giving is as good as getting, if not better.  Of course, some of my friends wish I weren’t this way–but hey, my mom said I came hard-wired to give.  Generosity is a good thing.  It’s something we want Hannah Rose to learn, but more than learn–we want her to grow to enjoy being generous.

This year, she’s very much into Barbies.  Makes sense to my head.  I was her age when I started playing with Barbies, and I was a tom-boy!  So, we let her pick out a Barbie to give to Toys for Tots (Sponsored by the US Marine Corp!), so that another little girl can have something special for Christmas and hopefully a happier Christmas for it.  She picked out Christmas Morning Barbie.  Here she is with the Barbie, and then dropping it off in the collection.

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Hanging of the Greens–Troy Museum & Historic Village

This is our second year attending the Hanging of the Greens, and it was just as much fun this year as it was last year!  Hannah Rose made a craft project.  She wrote a letter to Santa, and mailed it at the historic post office.  We listened to a hand bell choir.  We watched as the blacksmiths made iron icicles for Christmas ornaments.  While waiting for Santa to arrive on his sleigh, Hannah Rose and Chris had a blast playing in the snow.  Afterwards, we headed inside for some Hot Cider.  Yummm!!

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Holiday Reading Tradition

Here in our household, reading is a big deal.  I’m a bonafide bookworm, and Chris is a big fan of books as well.  Every night Hannah Rose gets a book read to her as part of her bedtime routine.  Books aren’t just for bedtime, either.  We listen to audio books on the road, and read when we want–where we want.

Somewhere (I’ve no idea where) I came across an idea that we decided to make ours.  It’s a holiday reading tradition.

Here’s what we did:  We took Christmas books from Hannah Rose’s collection–one for every night she’ll be here for the holiday season, including Christmas night.  I wrapped each of the books.  Every night at story time, she’ll get to unwrap that evening’s book and we’ll read it!

We thought it’d be a great way to have fun, enjoy the holiday season, and reinforce the whole reading thing even more!  And it didn’t cost me any money!  We already had the books as well as wrapping paper left over from last year!

Sunday we’re going as a family to see the Nutcracker, so Saturday night’s story will be the Nutcracker!  And the story for Christmas night?  The Christmas Story…the story of the birth of Jesus.

I’ll let you know how it goes–but I think it’ll go well and will be something we do every year in our house.

If you’ve any great family holiday traditions, feel free to share!  We’re always open to great new ideas!