family holiday

cards of christmas’ past


2010 Christmas card

2009 Christmas Card {option A}

2009 Christmas Card {option B} freebie from Weeds and Wildflowers

2008 Christmas Card

2007 Christmas Card

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big fat lies we tell our kids about Christmas

If you’re naughty, you won’t get any gifts. Big fat lie. Sure, Reindeers can fly. Big fat lie. There is a magical toy shop at the North Pole. Big fat lie. There really is a Santa Claus. Big fat lie.

Ah, it’s a time-honored tradition of lying to our kids. We fill their heads with the idea and wonder of Santa. We tell our kids not to lie, but we uphold this largely commercial lie. A conspiracy of sorts among adults to keep the lie alive. Faking it with presents under the tree labeled “from Santa”. Even going to great lengths to have Santa himself show up at our house for a Christmas party with friends. {Evidence pictured below.}

It’s also a conflict of interest. We teach our kids about Santa, filling their heads with this idea of being naughty or nice equals how many gifts they will get. Lead them to think that “he” knows all. In a way we instill early on the concept of “being good” equals “good things”. (We all know that not to be true.) Then we turn around and tell them that isn’t really the meaning of Christmas. How confusing that must be: Be nice and get lots of gifts, but the gifts aren’t really the point.

A part of me wishes I could go back in time and erase the idea of Santa from their heads. Told them the truth from the start. I know some day soon they will figure it out to be a lie. I am a big fat liar. Right now they still believe. And we continue the lie to uphold that belief. Sigh.

my oldest still won't talk to santa

my youngest couldn't wait to sit on santa's lap


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non-traditional thanksgiving side dish

Great Thanksgiving side dishes include green bean casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes. All are traditional side dishes found on American tables across the country. But what about sauerkraut? Not really traditional you say? Yeah, I thought everyone had sauerkraut at Thanksgiving. Sauerkraut was always on the buffet table at my grandmother’s house, right next to the Stove-Top Stuffing.

I am running the risk of embarrassing my mother by telling you this story. But I can’t resist and she’ll probably laugh til she cries anyway.

A few years ago, (I really wish I had been there to see this) my mother looked at two bowls of what she thought were mashed potatoes. Thinking that the family really didn’t need two bowls of mashed potatoes on the table, she combined the two bowls. Little did she know that only one of the bowls was actually mashed potatoes…the other was sauerkraut!

She couldn’t tell the difference between the two dishes. Nobody would confuse anyone in my family with Rachael Ray. Anyhoo, everyone just put a lot of gravy on their sauerkraut-mashed-potatoes that year. I stomach hurts just thinking about it.

Funny, that dish never caught on for future holiday dinners. Go figure.

Love ya Mom! Happy Thanksgiving.

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thanksgiving arts/craft idea to show your blessings

While Alex was home sick with the flu I put together this coloring sheet for the girls. I found clip art of a fat turkey online, then in Photoshop I added the “stuffed with blessings” text. Everyone (including hubby) wrote all their blessings inside the turkey..stuffing it. (get it.) We then hung them on our art wall in the dining room. This little project kept the girls entertained for an hour…okay, it kept me and Alex entertained. It just proves that you are never too old to stop and color a picture! And it reminded us that we are more blessed than we think.

stuffed with blessings

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