Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Traditions

I absolutely love the Christmas holiday season.
 Magic, wonder, incredible baked goods, glorious carols....yes, I do love it all.
 I like to share the joy I carry for this time of year with our littles.
 I am BIG on traditions, family and heritage, as you might already know.  
Thus, I am sharing how we usher in this special time of year.

I'd love to know what traditions you follow too, so feel fee to share!

Gingerbread house making brings out our creative as well as our sweet tooth sides.
 We like to paint pine cones too for just an extra touch of Christmas.

Salt dough ornament making is simply holiday fun.
Make the dough, cut out shapes and bake.
 A little paint and ribbon and you have an ornament for years.
What I have come to appreciate with this is
that you can keep it simple while the kids are young
and create more sophisticated ornaments as they mature.

The kids have their own trees in their rooms.  
Small artificial trees with ornaments that are special and unique
to them come out year after year.

Our Christmas scrapbook comes out and the kids look back
 at Christmas' from the past.
 Each year we add new photos to the book to chronicle the joy.

Trips to the tree lot year after year.  We search for the perfect tree.

Baking is synonymous with Christmas at the Kovac's house.
Cookies. Lots and lots of cookies are baked.

A book every night of Advent along with a chocolate after dinner
 as we countdown to Christmas.

Sparkles the Elf visits.

A picture with Santa.

Holiday performances by the kids.

Christmas Eve is celebrated at The Vukojevich Home.

Cookies and carrots for Santa and his reindeer.

Christmas morning at home!

We send out Christmas cards and gaze at the lights in the neighborhood.  All the magic of the season marinates within us.  Above all, we try to keep the birth of Christ in the center of our celebrations.  Songs, prayers and lots of references are made to baby Jesus being born so that our trio can someday understand Christmas is more than good Ole Saint Nick.

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!

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