The start of Christmas traditions

I don’t normally post on Wednesdays and it has been awhile since posting a non- outfit post but I wanted to link up a Christmas related post to a link up hosted by a bunch of my blogging buddies and to let you all in on real life stuff, like making holiday traditions with my hubby and children.
I shared with you our ornament tradition here, but I wanted to let you know that there are some simple traditions we would like to start as these were so successful and fun over the weekend.

I will let the pictures do the talking with a few inserts here and there.


Christmas lights viewing- we went out of town just a bit to see some Christmas lights displays. The babies enjoyed it.


Each year my former church puts on “Scrooge” as in exactly like the movie Scrooge, same dances and songs and characters, all the while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to thousands of people that attend each showing (3 performances total) my kids and hubby had not seen it and they LOVED it (well minus twins as they were a handful and spent more time in the lobby between supervision of the hubby and I). Xanders favorite was the “Ghost of Jacob Marley” so we were honored to meet him. *I was in Scrooge years ago with this church and had a blast, so it was a thrill to go back and see it again and reconnect with my old cast members/church members again*


Making Gingerbread cookies using just Pillsbury premade dough, Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting and sprinkles. Our neighbors kids came by to help and eat and enjoy the fun. While the cookies baked I read the story of the “Gingerbread Man” on a site online as our local libraries had no copies available.


Decorating and eating the gingerbread men were the best part.


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The cookies were gone that night, between the kids, neighbors and their kids I would say it was a yummy success, and definitely worth trying every year.

Growing up I always enjoyed “National Lapoons: Christmas Vacation” around the holidays and since my hubby had not seen it before it was a treat to watch it with him while the kids were asleep for the night. He LOVED IT! I thought he would.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? What are some of your new ones? Old ones?

Linking up with:
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Apple Butter making & Giveaway

Each year my hubby and the kids and I attend an annual “Apple Butter making day” where my husbands family members- uncles, aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents and other extended family members and friends get together to make homemade country apple butter- big pot, cut up apples, cinnamon and all. It doesn’t get more southern than that. We went this past Saturday and had a blast minus the cold weather out.





DSC01880Isn’t that painted hay bale just so patriotic and cool?!

Hot homemade apple cider while sitting in a barn with hay and kids playing everywhere was nice as well.

Some pictures of the process and kids (hubby and cousin as well):


Stirring the apple butter


Jarring is a process everyone contributes to helping with.


Wrestle matches with the men go on of course


Xander had to get in on the fun


My sweet baby girl Elizabeth

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Each year is a blast and we get to take home plenty of jars to eat and last us for months. In the past these have made great Christmas gifts to give to neighbors and co-workers.

Have you ever made apple butter or homemade jams?

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