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What makes Christmas special

Have you ever thought back to when you were little and remembered what made Christmas truly special for you?

As a kid I didn’t notice all the things that made Christmas so special.

Now, as an adult and parent, I see what made Christmas such a special time. It was all the little things my mother did at Christmas time.

My mom put so much effort into Christmas, to make sure my brothers and I had an amazing holiday. From handmade stockings, stuffed full of goodies to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

One of the very special things my mother always does, that I never appreciated until I was older, is her delicately wrapped Christmas presents. Every year she spends hours wrapping gifts for her family, with ribbons and special keepsakes ornaments.

I, on the other hand, am not that patient. I throw that wrapping paper on or put them in gift bags. But there is something so special about the way my mom puts so much love into her wrapping, you almost feel ashamed to tear it open.

My mom also spends days making homemade candy for all her friends and family. Now I have joined in on that tradition and make sure all my neighbors, friends and family can enjoy the candy recipes my mom started many many years ago.

It’s funny how we rush through Christmas. We rush to wrap presents, we buy things instead of making them and we make it stressful.

I asked my mom what special memory she had from Christmas when she was little. She told me about how my granny would take hours delicately placing icicles on her Christmas tree. To me that is a special memory, her mother was taking the time to make the tree beautiful for her family.

So, I think we all should take more time to really make Christmas special. It’s not always about how much money you spend, but how much thought and time you spend to make it the best.

My mom truly made Christmas special and still does. Hopefully I can make Christmas as special for my kids as she did for me.

Dedicated to my mom Janice Webb, thank you for always making Christmas great!!

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12 Days of Christmas Memories

Christmas is such a special time of year.  Spending time with your loved ones,  all the pretty lights everywhere and getting to make precious memories with your little ones.

This year Christmas may be a little different because of the pandemic.  All the things we look forward to every year have already been canceled.

Every year I take pride in making unforgettable memories with my kiddos. One year I actually made 12 gift boxes with a special gift inside each one, giving them details for a different Christmas activities.

It was a lot of work, but so worth it.

I would like to share our 12 days of Christmas fun so that maybe you and your kids can share in making some great Christmas memories.

1st Day- Grinch Night

On the first day of Christmas we watched the Grinch and made a grinch treat. Adding green food coloring to treats can turn them into a grinchy treat.

2nd Day- Polar Express Night

On the second day of Christmas we boarded the Polar Express. Every year I surprise my kids with Polar Express tickets and we load the car with Christmas snacks to go look at Christmas lights.

3rd Day- Snow ball fight

On the third day of Christmas we had a cotton ball snow ball fight!! It was a blast!

4th Day- Christmas Movie

On the fourth day of Christmas we snuggled up on the couch and watched a Christmas movie.

5th Day- Candy Cane Hunt

On the fifth day of Christmas I hid candy canes around the house and the kids had a blast finding all of them.

6th Day- Gingerbread Houses

On the sixth day of Christmas we made gingerbread houses!

7th Day- Snow Globes

On the seventh day of Christmas we made cute little snow globe ornaments for our tree. We made them from clear plastic balls, fake snow and miniature figurines.

8th Day- Frosty the Snowman

On the eighth day of Christmas we enjoyed a frosty treat (ice cream) and watched Frosty the Snowman.

9th Day – Christmas Picnic

On the ninth day of Christmas we made Christmas cookie cutter pizza and had a picnic by the Christmas tree.

10th day- Spreading Christmas Cheer

On the tenth day of Christmas we shared the Christmas spirit with others. We left cookies for the mail man, we visited a friend in the hospital and left a treat at our local redbox.

11th Day- Christmas Cookies

On the 11th day of Christmas we baked cookies for Santa, complete with flour all over the kitchen.

12th Day – Christmas Eve

On the 12th day of Christmas they got ready for bed with new pajamas and patiently waited for morning to arrive.

I hope you enjoyed these 12 days of Christmas memories and I hope these ideas make it into your family memories this year!

Merry Christmas!

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My Favorite Halloween Memories

Halloween has to be one of my favorite holidays! Not because I am a devil worshiper or I am gothic, but because it’s fun and there is less stress involved in Halloween.

I love all the memories I get to share this time of year with my kids. Halloween means visiting the pumpkin patch, watching spooky movies, decorating your house all spooky and getting to dress up as anything you want!

I could go on and on about Halloween, but I’ll share my favorite Halloween memories with my family over the last few years.

All recipes for the sweet treats can be found on pinterest.

The best memories are made in the kitchen!

Spider web pancakes

Just make some pancakes, melt some icing, add food coloring and let your kids make a spiderweb with black food coloring and a toothpick!

Monster tacos and burritos

Witches brew (broccoli and cheddar soup)and bread broomsticks

Beef stew with cat biscuits

If you have Halloween cookie cutters you can make any shape biscuits to go with your stew.

Hocus Pocus Brownies

We made these tasty brownies while we watched the hocus pocus movie!

Shepard’s boo pie

Snake sandwich

This is a family favorite! Just get refrigerated pizza dough, roll it out, add honey mustard, lunch meat and cheese. Melt butter with some food coloring and brush it onto your snake, add a bell pepper tongue and eyes and pop into the oven.

Jack o lantern quesadillas

The kids love making the quesadilla faces!

Homemade spooky pizzas

You can literally do so much with pizza. Pizza mummies, ghosts and Jack o lanterns!

Of coarse, I have tons of family memories like carving pumpkins, going to fall festivals and trick or treating but the all time favorite Halloween memory was last year at Disney world!

Happy Halloween to you all and make sure to make lots of memories!