We began our Christmas season with a gingerbread house and tree decorating party! We had so much fun kicking off the season with a few friends and family.
The finished product was simply gorgeous!
|The finished products!! A beautiful Christmas Village|
Brunch with Santa at McGrievy's in Waterford has become a tradition in our home for the past two years, since Nathan now knows who Ho Ho is. This year, we were blessed to enjoy our morning with Nathan's cousin Lily and her little friend, Alex. The food was great and the kids had a great time visiting with Santa and receiving their first gift of the season.
We had a great time on this train! We brought pizza and enjoyed dinner on the train. Our fellow passengers were wondering where their pizza was and the conductor said, we were the second family he saw bring a pizza on the train! It was dinner-time and the kids needed to eat! :-) We played holiday trivia, read stories, sang Christmas carols (jingle bells - Nathan's favorite Christmas song), drank hot and delicious coco served in our very own Polar Express mugs, ate a yummy sugar cookie with sprinkles, visited the North Pole and had a wonderful visit from Santa and his elf, Snowflake! Saratoga does it right! Althoug, I'm not one bit surprised. We will certainly do this again next year and dome seats are a must! I've already put a reminder in my 2013 calendar, so we can order them early and get a weekend date.
|Nathan enjoyed liking the sprinkles off his cookie!|
|BTW, Emily beat us all!!!|
When it comes to Christmas projects, I really try to choose something meaningful - that we'll enjoy for years to come. I'm really proud of this years' selections!! We made hand print snowman Christmas tree ornaments, paper snowflakes in memory of the Sandy Hook Elementary victims and hand print Rudolf the reindeer hats.
These ornaments were super easy and turned out absolutely adorable! With just some red and green Christmas balls, white fabric paint and markers and you have yourself a personalized keepsake ornament. The kid's hands are painted with white fabric paint and then they grasp the ornament, leaving behind their hand print, which is used to make the snowmen. Thank you Miss Cole for all your work on these ornaments ~ we love them!!
We even asked the adults to make a snowflake and they came out awesome! My 80+ year old grandmother even made a snowflake for the children.
These snowflakes will be mailed tomorrow.
|Emily also made everyone their very own paper snowflake placemat!|
|We sang Christmas carols together while Emily played the piano!|
|We decided to do something fun and different for dessert this year too ~ a chocolate fountain!|
|Nathan and most of his boy cousins. |
They were all watching Veggie Tales!
|This is the Christmas chair, where everyone opened their grab bag gifts!|
|Santa brought Nathan a Harley!! He loves it and so does Daddy!|
|hahaha Always a kid a heart!|
Christmas day was super fun and Nathan had a great time opening and enjoying his gifts and spending time with family.
|When Nathan blew his recorder for the first-time he said, "choo choo."|
|dancing with Rockin Mickey|
|Mickey playing the guitar and bongos!|
|Thanks Aunt D.! Nathan can't wait to play his piano!|
|Love you Lily!|
|Grammie opening her hand print snowman ornament! The gifts of Christmas are meant to be shared.|