Friday Five: Holiday Traditions

I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to Link up a post about 5 things or write on their theme. This week’s Friday Five theme is Holiday traditions. Here are five traditions we follow in our household.Friday Five-

1. Visit Santa. Each year we visit Santa at least once. There are times when the boys want to see him and other times when they don’t. I manage to get a picture each year with Santa whether at the mall or elsewhere. Here are pics of the boys with Santa in Manitou Springs.

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2. Make a gingerbread house. This is also one of my favorite winter activities. The kids love decorating their gingerbread house. Here is this year’s SpongeBob House.IMG_0739
3. Elf on the Shelf. We started this tradition three years ago. My eldest son named the Elf, Perry. I think it was because he liked Perry in the show Phineas and Ferb. Here are a few locations he’s been spotted at this year:

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4. Bake cookies on Christmas Eve for Santa. We always have cookies ready for Santa. Santa loves cookies :P.
5. Gift exchange for all the kids in our extended family. Lastly, we do a gift exchange for all the kiddos. Names are drawn and each cousin gets to give one gift to one of their cousins. It makes things easy to focus on one kiddo and a bit easier on the budget.gifts

What Holiday traditions do you have?

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26 thoughts on “Friday Five: Holiday Traditions

  1. I love the gingerbread house tradition! (Sponge Bob, grin) My mom and I did try one year I think, with a kit, but it might have been a bit more complex than we thought as I don’t remember it going well. Maybe you have to do the whole thing from scratch. Of course, I don’t even like to make gingerbread men, no patience to roll out and cut the dough – I just make gingerbread drop cookies.

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  2. Love the picture of the boys with their Sponge Bob gingerbread house and the one with Santa! I never heard about Elf on the Shelf until last year. Seems the kids really like it. Have Happy Holidays Sherry!

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  3. I love that you have such great traditions for kiddos. I need to start a few more with my little ones next year, they are 2 years and 2months, so a little limited with what we can do this year 🙂

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