Monday, December 29, 2008

All Aboard....

~Santa gets on the train and we get a picture with him...~ ~The kids watching the Polar Express arrive at the station...~

~Check out this golden ticket....~

~Can you say...Adorable??~

Saturday, December 7th, we took our annual ride on the Polar Express! Another tradition that we look forward to all year long. My mom takes us every year, and the kids always wear their pajamas, just like in the movie. If you haven't by chance seen this movie, you MUST see it!! I will personally hand deliver you our DVD to watch it with your family. There is only one stipulation, you must watch it while drinking hot chocolate. This will make your viewing even more pleasurable.

If you haven't figured out by now, I am a "traditions" kind of girl. I love traditions, and i love making new traditions. Maybe i am a bit over board on having them, but i can't seem to help myself. I just want the kids to always know what to expect and look forward to each and every Christmas. It warms my heart to see the joy on their little faces when they talk about what they love to do most at Christmas.

Here are a list of some of our most beloved traditions...

~Our Elf on the Shelf..our elf's name is Spot..and he usually appears December 2nd each year.
~Riding the Polar Express out of Bryson City, NC
~Christmas Eve service at FBC of Conyers
~Every December 23rd, eating at the Waffle House in Madison sitting in the same booth each year.
~The Moreau's Christmas party
~Riding around looking at Christmas lights.
~Taking our "Christmas Card Photo"...whew.
~The white elephant game with the Cannon's every year
~My mom's side of the family Christmas gatherings
~Christmas Eve at Mommy Jane's
~baking cookies for Santa at the Jayne's house
~my cookie/ornament swap party..(this was the first year!)
~Christmas parties in the children's classrooms
~Christmas morning at Mom's
~sprinkling reindeer food outside on Christmas Eve
~Getting out our Christmas dishes and Christmas china
~using my favorite pen to address our Christmas cards
~Putting up the tree the weekend before Thanksgiving
~NO school for a couple of weeks..yay!
~reading Joseph and Presley's Christmas letters...Presley tells Joseph what to write for hers. :)
~Getting out Santa's cookie plate and filling his glass with milk
~pictures with Santa at the mall
~receiving a Christmas card in the mail almost every day in December! i LOVE this part!!
~watching Polar Express with my family snuggled under a cozy blanket and drinking hot chocolate.

i still believe,


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