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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Traditions #6 & #7

St. Nicholas Day.

In our house we don't do Santa.

My reasons for not doing Santa are my own, and I don't think badly of anyone who does do it. It's just not for me. I was that kid in the first grade that ruined it for everyone else. You think I'm kidding? Ask my parents.

H, will most likely never sit on the big guys lap whispering his list and will most likely never know the difference and in the end, I am completely ok with that.

So with that said, today is St. Nicholas Day where the kids stockings are filled with little somethings. Little things like a little candy treat, some gum, chapstick, hat and gloves and their annual ornament. They know it's from J and I and look forward to getting the little things.

I grew up celebrating St. Nick Day and LOVED it. It is such a fun, holiday celebration that breaks up the month of December.

St. Nicholas Day also ties into the next tradition, which is Ornaments.

Our Christmas tree is a tree of history ranging in ornaments from J's childhood, mine and now the kids both homemade and store bought.

I have seen some very pretty trees in Macy's or Crate and Barrel. Decorated to perfection.

Our tree will never look like that and I still think ours is one of the prettiest. I love all the history behind each ornament, whether it is one I may have made in school for my mom and dad 20 years ago or one that one of the kids made last year. Growing up my parents gave us each an ornament each year that symbolized our year and now we do the same. I love looking back on the ornaments I both have received and given. J and I get an ornament each year as well now as a family ornament. While I'd love to show you each and every one, that'd be impossible to photograph so here are a few of my favorites.

Our family Christmas tree of history.

*What are some of your Christmas traditions? I'll be sharing several of mine (and ours) from now through Christmas and would love to know some of yours too...*

3 Comments:

Blogger Jill Davis Doughtie said...

We didn't do Santa either when I was growing up! My parents thought it was really important to always tell us the truth, so that's why we didn't do it.

Our tree also has lots of old ornaments from when G & I were growing up, and ones from when the kids were little, new ones we add each year. This year we're adding the pickle.

December 5, 2007 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Kate Tuinstra said...

Hi Samara! Thanks for the comment on my blog, it was good to hear from you! I love your blog, it is so cute! Your Christmas card just came to our house today, and Megan Sue showed it to me...what a beautiful family=)
Have a wonder Christmas!

Kate

December 5, 2007 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Samara, your blog today is reflective of my own life. One of the things we do in my family is when you want to give someone an extra gift or a secret-giver gift we put a fun/funny name in the "from" column. Like: Jedi or Jack Bauer. So funny. I love the ornaments with memories and meaning. Each year as I pull out each one I remember the person who gave it to me or where I got it. I still won't let my mom throw away the ornament I made in first grade.

December 5, 2007 at 5:15 PM  

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