So the lack of a house has kept us from some of our family traditions, like tons of outdoor Christmas Lights and a billion decorations around the house. But it hasn’t kept us from one of our favorites.
A few days before Christmas every year Mrs. Stoney makes gingerbread houses. Then on Christmas Eve each of the kids gets to decorate one.
We have done this every year since our oldest was was about 2 years old so this is our 15th year of making gingerbread houses. Usually Grandma and Grandpa come over to help!
This has become a favorite of the kids, even the teenagers love it and we have a blast decorating them. It seems to keep everyone distracted from the pending presents.
As the kids have gotten older they have gotten better with their decorating. This year was by far the best year yet!!!
After we finish the candy houses, the kids get to open up two presents, one is always PJ’s, the other is what we call a “pinch, rattle, and shake”. This is a present that usually shows up under the tree a couple of days before Christmas. This is the only present under the tree that the kids are allowed to touch, in fact like the name says the kids can pinch, rattle and shake this one and try to guess what it is.
After these two presents we sit under the Christmas tree and read “The Polar Express” and then hang our stockings and leave some cookies out for Santa. We are also always sure to check the NORAD website to see where Santa is before we go to bed!!
In the morning before anything else we sit on Mom and Dads bed and read the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2. Then we have a fun day of presents and family time! We try to keep out meals simple on Christmas so that Mom and Dad have plenty of time to be with the kids!
I hope you all enjoy your own Christmas Traditions! Have a very Merry Christmas!!!