Monday, November 24, 2008


These pictures have nothing to do with Traditions. At least not for me anyway. We went to the Teddy Bear Tea on Saturday. The kick-off of the holiday season. We got all dressed up and went to a traditional tea party. It's annual event put on by our city with the proceeds going to the local hospital. This is the first year that Megan and I went. It was ok, I guess. But I don't think I'll be going again next year. After all the hoopla of getting fancied up only to be rushed through a cup of tea and food from, I'm kind of over it. To tell you the truth, I really just wanted an excuse to put Megan in this super cute dress. Isn't she adorable? Even though she is still refusing to smile or look happy in front of a camera?

Back to the topic of traditions....I was wondering what yours were. So if you're so inclined, and have a moment, I'd love it if you posted in the comments :)
Do you have Thanksgiving at your house, or go away? This year we are going to my moms and I can't wait! I've never done Thanksgiving myself.
What's your favorite thing on the Thanksgiving menu...the one thing you wait all year for? For me it's the turkey that my mom's husband makes. Oh. My. Gosh. The best ever!
When do you put up your Christmas Tree? When I was a kid we never put ours up until maybe two weeks before Christmas. But now I like to do it the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Real tree, or fake tree? I prefer a real one, but I have a nice fake one. It's easier. No stringing the lights!
Do you open presents on Christmas Eve, or wait till the morning? We wait till morning. Actually nothing goes under the tree until the kids go to bed. That way they're super excited to see the loot when they come downstairs in the morning! It's what my mom did for me and it stuck. :)
Santa gifts: wrapped or unwrapped? Unwrapped.
Favorite treat you only make this time of year? Spritz cookies or Mexican Wedding cookies.
And you have a traditional Christmas breakfast? Like something you make every year? I'm still working on this one. I haven't found that perfect thing yet. So if you have one, let me know, K?
Oh, one more thing before I sign off....Jake did all kinds of Thanksgiving projects and activities at school the past couple of weeks. He's come home with 4 different turkeys and Indian and pilgrim stuff but the best thing was his recipe for How to Cook a Turkey:
We will go hunting for our turkey. Take off all the feathers. Then it's ready to cook in the oven. It cooks for three minutes at sixty degrees. We will have salad too. The turkey will have spices.
We got a copy of all the kids recipes and I have to say it's another thing that will go into the box to be saved forever! It's so cute. What I thought was cool was that Jake was the only one to say he was going to hunt for his turkey! Doesn't surprise me though!
Have a great Thanksgiving!!


Jude said...

Ok, here are some answers from me...
I love the broccoli casserole for thanksgiving - yum!
We always put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving.
We get a real tree, though I am starting to wonder about Emerson and his allergies...
Presents get opened Christmas day, and now that the boys realize there are presents, I think we will wait until that morning to put them there! LOL.
We have not found a special breakfast either... :(

I am jealous that Jake is doing all kinds of crafts for Thanksgiving... Lincoln has only brought home one colored turkey math sheet! It is like ALL holidays are taboo now. They aren't even calling the Thanksgiving meal today a Thanksgiving is a "family dinner"... grrr....

nicole said...

for what it's worth megan does look adorable in her cute dress!!! (I am been known to do things for an excuse to get the kids dressed up too :)
going to do a post about some of our traditions soon too...

Anonymous said...

Christmas breakfast - Mabel's Mess!Make it the night before & put it in the frig. Then while all the activities are going on Christmas morning it's being baked in the oven and ready to go when you are! It's really, REALLY good, warm and hearty. Will keep husbands, kids and everyone at bay while you're cooking Christmas dinner. - Mom

Melissa said...

Thanksgiving dinner: It's at our house this year. But, everyone has to bring a dish. We don't make them all.

favorite menu item: Sweet Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole.

Tree: it goes up on "black Friday" but this year, I put it up early, just for Tanner. And, it's fake. Too hot here for a real one.

Gifts: We do a bit a both, because of Andy's and mine Childhood. We do a couple on Christmas eve (Andy opened ALL on Christmas Eve, German Tradition) and then the rest on Christmas Day. Santa gifts are on Christmas Day and are in SANTA wrapping paper unless they are too big to wrap.

Treats: Cookies and breads, whatever fits my fancy really.

Christmas Breakfast: It's a casserole that you make the night before and then pop in the oven 45 minutes or so before you want to eat. So yummy :)

Cheryl Wray said...

I love these answers, and I may have to "steal" it for my blog soon! :-)

We unwrap presents on Christmas Eve, and then do Santa the next morning. Gary and I give our presents to each other on Christmas Eve after all the kids are in bed asleep, with a fire's one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

I loved all the food we had on Thanksgiving this year. I love my Gan Gan's dressing and my Mom makes a great sweet potato pie. Yumm.

We are putting up our tree tonight. Yay!