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Are you ready for the holidays?

We threw a Christmas party the day after my last exam so our home got decorated, cleaned & holiday food prepared in record time!

Great way to do it – kind of like ripping a band aid off – FAST with brief flash of pain!

Living off of the beaten track works for Christmas shopping. We ordered online on the comfort of our couch, sipping a holiday cocktail, Christmas tunes in the background. (We don’t have too many gifts to buy as the extended family draws names.) Living TV free lessens the stress as we are not undulated with the “buy, buy, buy” Christmas ads.

We changed the way we do Christmas a number of years ago, taking the emphasis off of the gifts & placing them on the traditions.

  • Our first tradition of the season is going out into the woods & looking for the “perfect tree”! Well, PERFECT takes on a whole new meaning once you get off a tree farm. We were fortunate enough to have to wade through snow in the process, which totally puts you in the Christmas spirit!
  • We spent Thanksgiving Weekend at our camp where the kids made homemade Garland from running spruce & made their own wreaths for their front doors.

    Kids in their fort!

  • Dave makes Ice Candles. We are fortunate that it has been cold up here in the north so the process only took a week. His ice candles are large.His mold being 5 gal. pails with a 4″ diameter on the inside for the candle. Some of the candles are like candy canes, alternating red & clear stripes or green & clear stripes, some have evergreens mixed in with the ice. (I’ll take pix when he debuts them).
  • Our tree decorating is always a trip down memory lane as the decorations are ones the kids made over the years or they are souvenirs from all of our travels. (Like the Angel which was bought in Italy at the mine where the marble from Michelangelo’s “David” was quarried.)
  • Dave will spend a day in the kitchen with the kids baking cookies.
  • We’ll play lots of board games.
  • The cross country skis & snow shoes are ready by the door.
  • The lake is frozen so this year we’ll flood it for a skating rink. Laura (aka – Martha Stewart) wants a Post Card setting: Christmas lights, Bon-Fire under a brillant star light night, benches made of ice & I think there might even be an ice sculpture if the ice is thick enough in the cove to cut into blocks.
  • Lots of Cooking with the traditional holiday favorites.
  • and…!!! The CRAFT! This year we are going to decorate very large pine cones we brought back from a trip to California, we are going to make them look like miniature Christmas trees! YEAH!!!!

Beaver looking pretty with the first large snowfall

The kids went through a phase during their teenage years where they rebelled against some of the traditions (like having their 3rd grade ornaments displayed where their friends might see them or doing the lame craft) but not anymore!! now they are taking the initiative on stuff! AHHH – a new generation of parents in the making.

Well, I need to sign off. I have some gifts to wrap & get under the tree & some final stuff to do as the kids start arriving tomorrow.

Dave should probably secure the tree to the wall as we have 2 very energetic dogs arriving!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you all. We hope you enjoy the SPIRIT of the Season!

Please comment & share any Holiday traditions, stresses or rants!!

4 Comments on Our Holiday Traditions!

  1. Laura says:

    I LOVE our christmas activities!

  2. Bill Freeman says:


    Very nice — thank you for sharing

  3. Ann says:

    Heather, it all sounds lovely. You have given me some great ideas!! Hope to see you soon. In the meantime, love to all of you!

  4. Heather says:

    We are trying to get the ice rink done but the wind is not cooperating. It has been blowing about 20mph for the last few days, maybe tomorrow:)
    Merry Christmas to you!

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