Christmas Traditions 2014: The Fireplace

We were not able to prepare for Christmas eve. My brother died exactly 7 days before Christmas and we dropped everything to be with family and mourn his passing. My brother’s remains were cremated on the morning of the 23rd, we asked our babysitter to stay with the kids as we took a short trip to the toy store to get them some presents. After all, Christmas isn’t about me and the children have been excited and expecting a happy celebration. It’s supposedly our favorite time of the year, I can’t drag them down with me. My husband had been […]

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Christmas Traditions 2014: Storytelling night

Two Christmases ago, we did a nativity craft activity with the kids. It was Judah’s very first time to participate in a craft activity which made that particular Christmas season really special. We downloaded a printable nativity set from Activity Village and we made the kids color the characters before we punched holes into them to hang. It’s been two years and that mobile has become my most repinned post on my Pinterest page! As of today, it has been repinned 90 times (that’s a big deal for my Pinterest, believe me). Telling the story of Jesus was an essential part of the […]

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Christmas Traditions 2014: No bake Choco Banana Cream Pie

I really intended it to be Christmas cookies instead of the Choco Banana Cream pie since I do bake the meanest chocolate chip cookies, thanks to the Center for Culinary Arts for the recipe they gave us when I attended their workshops ten years ago, haha! But okay, I’m no culinary expert. What I do love is trying out interesting-looking recipes and see how they would turn out. Sure I’ve come up with a few recipes of my own, Gordon Ramsay, Elliott Graham and Joe Bastianich are the constant voices in my head (hashtag crazy lady, haha). Seriously though, I just love to prepare food, […]

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Christmas Traditions 2014: Our little Christmas Tree

We always put up the Christmas tree on December 1. Well, okay, not always. I think last year, we put it up five days later, but we always aim to put it up on time. We consider Christmas tree night to be an important day for our family because it marks the beginning of our family Christmas traditions for the year. If you’re not familiar with Family Christmas Traditions, it’s a list of activities you do as a family during the Christmas season to reflect the meaning of the season in our lives and to build a lifetime of memories for […]

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Christmas Traditions 2012: Homemade tree ornaments

I’m always on a look out for fun and interesting activities that we can do with the boys not only on Christmas but for the regular seasons, too. To date, we’ve made Christmas cards, gift wrappers, baked cookies, moulded chocolates and made pizza. We’ve also made dinosaurs out of play dough. I especially loved making homemade versions of playdoughs and fingerpaint. We’ve only started building our Christmas traditions 4 years ago. So far, we’ve been consistent in putting up the Christmas tree, bake night and reading and discussing the Christmas story. Last year, we made tree decorations following the book […]

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