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I now know what my parents must have felt like when we got up before 6am as we were eager to see if Santa had visited our house.  Our little guy got up about 5:50am, and despite putting him back to bed, we were all up and he was busy enjoying presents by 6:30am.

We all know what happens with a tired little guy though, and here is a prime example:

This is what happens when a 2 year old gets up way too early.

Needless to say shortly thereafter he did take a two hour nap and woke up much happier!  I thought those of you longing to see our little guy on Christmas might like a few happier photos to view.  Merry Christmas from our Household.  It’s time for lunch!!

Three cousins, Christmas Eve 2010. He gets to see his other cousin in several weeks.

We're just waiting for him to say he doesn't have anything to play with...

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Christmas Week

Two year olds are fun.  Most days.  Most moments.

Ours is a challenge sometimes, but he is such a fun character.

With it being Christmas week, I’ve looked to do different activities with him each day to tie in the Christmas story or Santa, or both.

Today was reindeer day.  We took his handprints and made them into antlers on a headband.  I think this has been his favorite activity so far, and he loved that he looked like a reindeer:)

Could there be a cuter reindeer?

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I love Christmas Cards (didn’t my title just say that)!  I love sending them, I love getting them.  I especially love the ones with pictures!  Before e-mail, text messaging, and the Internet, notes inside were the best part.  I love even reading everyone’s crazy Christmas letters.

Even if it isn’t someone I’ve been in close touch with for a while, it is a way to just say “I’m thinking about you as the holidays arrive!”

I can remember growing up and having TONS of Christmas cards arriving around the house.  I loved getting the mail around the holidays and I still do.

Just one observation keeps coming up with me this year (and if you’ve sent one of these they are still beautiful):  We have yet to receive a religious oriented Christmas card.  And I am continually reminded – isn’t the Christ child what Christmas is all about.

Of all the Christmas cards that have arrived this 2010, all but the photo cards and one or two others, have Santa or a Santa reference on all of them (ie:  A Santa hatted dog-several of these, or snowman, or sled with a santa hat.)

I love Santa Claus and the mystique as much as the next gal, but it is becoming harder and harder to keep Christ in Christmas.

A speaker I heard this morning made the statement that Christ gave us the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life for us, and that by being a giving person, we are emulating Christlike behavior.

That is so special and a great way for us to show our love for our friends and families.  But let’s not remember that night so long ago that brought Christ into the world in the first place.

Let’s remember that young girl that made her way on a donkey, pregnant, and I’m sure exhausted, and the hope that God through her brought into the world

Let’s remember what Christmas is all about.  God’s love for us, a wonderful gift that lead to the ultimate sacrifice.

I love Christmas Cards as noted above, I'm just not always the best at sending them out. This is what they look like if yours hasn't arrived yet (maybe it's lost in the mail - yeah, that's it!)

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A few years back my mom and I began our tradition of Annual Mother Daughter Christmas Cookie Day.  We bake and bake for a whole day, ice the cookies, make them pretty and share them!  This year our Annual Day actually fell on National Cookie Day.  We thought that was quite appropriate.

Our beautiful cookies after a productive Christmas Cookie Day 2010! I think we both look a bit tired after a long day of baking.

This year with a very active two year old who also loves to bake we added a new addition by inviting my cousin’s daughter to participate (translation – help corral a certain two year old).  I think he ate at least a couple of cupfuls of powdered sugar.  And I think my cousin’s daughter also probably ate a cookie or two too many (translation – tummy ache) 🙂

This year we baked your traditional sugar cookie cutouts, Oh Henry bars, spritz cookie press cookies, chocolate covered pretzel rods – and new this year – the hubby contributed some of his famous no bake cookies to the mix.

We all had a great time and I love that we have our tradition.  These are the memories and tradition you pass down from one generation to another.  I’d love to hear what some of your favorite Christmas holiday traditions are.  Please share by leaving a comment!

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