family traditions

Christmas Caroling

The following links go directly to YouTube videos. I carefully chose renditions where the volume was decent and the recording was clear. They include a variety of artists. Enjoy! We Three Kings Hark The Herald Angels Sing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Angels From The Realms Of Glory O Little Town Of Bethlehem God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen O Come All Ye Faithful Joy To The World It Came Upon A Midnight Clear Silent Night Away In A Manger The First Noel Angels We Have Heard On High O Holy Night

Gingerbread Cookies – from a kit

Every other Friday we have a visit from our Occupational Therapist (OT). She has been with us for a few years now and we love her to pieces. She works primarily with Elisha (he has autism, ADHD, and sensory issues), but sometimes she works with the family as a whole. This week our activities focused around decorating gingerbread cookies, making foam gingerbread men (and women), and making foam stick puppets. There was the usual anxiety and stress (compliments of Elisha), due to change in our usual routine, but we pushed through. Have a look at the finished projects. Decorating Gingerbread …

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Top Ten Christmas Decorations From My Childhood

This is what greeted the kids Christmas morning last year.  When I think about Christmas decorations from my childhood, certain images are recalled almost immediately. Today, I want to take you down memory lane. 1) Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes We made pipe cleaner candy canes by twisting a red and a while pipe cleaner together. Then we curved a hook in it and hung it on the tree. Sometimes we took one pipe cleaner and made a candy cane using Tri beads in Christmas colors (that would be red, green, and white for us). 2) Paper Snowflakes Paper snowflakes have …

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Guest Post – A Special Tradition

Before we were married, my husband and I had a few talks about our family traditions.  These usually centered around the holidays… you know the drill:  How do you celebrate Christmas?  Presents on Christmas Eve, or Christmas day?  Do we watch the game on Thanksgiving? Etc. Things which had been known to cause WAR in my Mom’s family, such as the football game on Thanksgiving Day, were really a non-issue with us. We agreed on everything.  It wasn’t until a couple of years after we got married that a tradition was added which is probably the favorite one for all …

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