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Holiday Traditions // Gingerbread Houses & Santa



I loved having holiday traditions while I was growing up. Going to my grandparent's house every Christmas Eve, my mom making cinnamon rolls on Christmas, no one being allowed to leave their room Christmas morning until mom and dad said it was ok (the worst if you woke up really early). So, of course I've always wanted to create our own holiday traditions in our little family. The kids are still pretty small though, so we're still testing things out -I don't know if we really have any set traditions yet.

Camaron brought home a gingerbread house kit last week and the kids were ecstatic. Poor Fox practically was counting down the seconds until we could put it together (he had to wait a whole day). Once we got started, both Fox and Sloane wanted to help. I loved seeing them decide where each candy should go (that was mostly Fox. Sloane preferred pulling them off). And by some miracle, the house is still standing -not even missing any candy yet!


Later that day, we decided to pay Santa a little visit at Bass Pro Shop in Mesa. Neither of the kids was scared at all (I tried to prep them as well as I could, but I think they're just pros). Sloane was just mesmerized by Santa's beard. Fox was mesmerized by the idea of a toy sleigh (that was what he asked for -I have no idea where that idea came from, but no I apparently need to find a toy sleigh).


We're always reminding Fox about Santa coming soon, and he has been getting excited. I'm excited too! I love celebrating Christmas with our little family. I love picking out presents and planning ways to make fun memories with these kiddos. I think we might do the Scottsdale Christmas train again -it was so neat last year. What holiday traditions are your favorite? 

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