November's Monthly Musings

 It's the last Thursday of the month and time for Monthly Musings with Holly and Patty. This month we're looking at our holiday traditions. This could end up being a really boring post since we don't seem to have many of them at all anymore.


1. The only real tradition we have left at this point is that we buy each of the boys an ornament that signifies something about their year- a trip we took, a skill, a milestone, etc.

Baby Ian

From our trip to Hershey park

2. We don't dress up at all in our family. I do have one "Christmas" sweater that I will wear at some point in the season but I don't pick out anything special for the few family parties we go to.  I do, however, like to do up my nails a little bit special.  


nails from previous years


3. We host a Christmas breakfast every other year so we often make breakfast foods-- croissants, quiche, fruit salad, etc.  We might do a bit of baking for some of the other parties we attend but in the last several years I have left that up to Alec-- all this is a real short way to say I don't have any favorite holiday recipes since I don't really cook much. 


4. This year our holiday consists of a brunch at my father in law's house on the 23rd, we'll head to my mom's house for take out pizza Christmas eve (and have a Yankee Swap instead of traditional present giving), then Christmas morning we'll open our gifts (since each boy picked out 1 big gift this is going to be super short!), head to my sister in law's house for brunch and then my mother in law invites us over for sandwiches around dinner time. 

5. We no longer go out to see any lights since I'm the only one that seems to enjoy that. I just make sure to keep my eyes peeled whenever we're out at night and enjoy the ones we drive by.

6. This year we put up our stockings, some garland on the mantle and our trees and that's it.




7. We have fake trees; and have ever since our first Christmas in this home where our tree died by mid- December and just kept shedding needles like crazy.  With our fireplace and woodstove it felt like such a fire hazard that I swore we'd never do that again. 

8. Usually anything with chocolate is a favorite holiday treat; but I can't think of anything specific that we eat or make year after year. Though we do love a quick and easy saltine cracker toffee.


9. We don't have pets anymore but even when we did they never got (or gave) any gifts. 

10. This year our holidays are the least stressful ever; I only had 8 gifts to buy (and a few money card/holder cards to make)! 

Linking up with: Thinking Out Loud, 






Comments

  1. I love your Christmas nails, I never thought to do something fun like that. You have inspired me. I had to laugh about your reason for not having a real tree because it was very similar to mine!
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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  2. We don´t make the same holiday treats from year to year either. I enjoy finding new things but almost always make some kind of chocolate candy treat. Saltine toffee is so good!

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    1. Yeah, my baker is much too intent on trying ALL the recipes that we always have to find something new.

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  3. I love your Christmas nails!!! And I think, even if no one in my family loved lights, I would still need to go find some. I need anything which makes winter brighter and cheerier. And I forgot to write about our annual ornament for the kids. Ooops.

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  4. Oh your Christmas nails are everything! What is that breakfast food? Looks like sweet rolls? My mouth is watering :)

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    1. I believe you are talking about the raspberry jam filled croissants with white chocolate drizzle that Alec made last Christmas.

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  5. YOu always have the cutest nails! It is easier when kids are older and don't want anything. I can never think of anything I need for Christmas anymore. Those saltine toffee treats are addicting!

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  6. Your tree is so pretty! Love the festive nails, too!

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  7. Christmas can be a very stressful time but you seem to have it under control and keep it beautiful and meaningful! I love your festive nail designs!

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    1. Thank you so much! I definitely do now; it was much more stressful when the boys were little.

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  8. Love your holiday nails and your tree is so pretty. Thanks for linking up w us.

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  9. I love reading about people's traditions. You're all together. I'm still working on it!

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  10. Looking at Christmas lights is our one tradition that has stood the test of time (and the teen years!) Loved hearing about your holiday traditions!

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    1. I don't think our Christmas light tradition even lasted INTO the teen years!

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  11. We were just talking about going to see the lights. Sometimes I think we are too old, but then again it's so fun.
    OXOX
    Jodie

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    1. I don't think you are ever too old to go see the lights!

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  12. I have that same Baby's 1st Ornament 2004! Your Christmas nails look pretty!

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  13. Pretty Christmas nails! And I love seeing everyone's Christmas trees and holiday decor - yours is beautiful! We gave up the real tree after Christmas 1998 - my son was born at the beginning of January and being so pregnant I didn't have the energy to get the tree down. By the time we finally got to it, that tree was so brown and such a fire hazard that we decided we wouldn't ever do that again! Wishing you the very happiest holidays this year!

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  14. Pretty stress free. We have no plans yet, and I'm planning on leaving that to others to do so, lol.

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    1. I let everyone else plan everything too and just show up. :)

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  15. I just finished up the last of all my shopping this morning (I had so little gift buying to do this year; it's felt downright weird) so now I'm just waiting for those last gifts to straggle in and get wrapped.

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  16. Fab photos!
    It's hard when the kids grow up and the traditions fall by the wayside. Hmmf.
    Your Christmas breakfast looks amazing and so does your tree, how pretty!

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    1. It sure is! Thank you; it's definitely a team effort to get all that food out and ready.

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  17. I love your ornament tradition! We do the same thing! It's always such a joy to decorate the tree every year!

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  18. I love your nails, your tree, and those croissants look so good!

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