Annual holiday post..

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Annual holiday post..
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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 3:12pm

So those that celebrate anything this time of year, what are the plans? If you are gift giving, what are the kids getting this year?

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Wed, 12-07-2011 - 3:44pm

We are celebrating Christmas with the family. We just had our annual gingerbread house party which is always lots of fun. We are attending a caroling party this week and hosting a little music party the week following. We have Christmas Eve with the in-laws and then Christmas day with my side of the family.... both happening at our house this year.

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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 12:38pm
A gingerbread house party sounds fun! I've never built a gingerbread house before, but I bet my kids would love to try it.
We're celebrating at home as a family, but it' always just a little lonely - our extended families live very far away and can't always fly out. When we can, we invite other expat friends during Christmas break.
This year we made our own Advent wreath out of ivy and evergreen from our back yard, and it's really pretty. The kids are making bath bombs and magnetic photo holders (for lockers) for their friends. I'm making a quilt by hand, which is really therapeutic and will never be ready by Christmas. ;)
The kids are Bollywood crazy and have asked for real saris, Bollywood films and soundtracks. And we're having fun making window decorations out of wax paper, usually folded stars.
We still have to do cookies. The tree won't go up until next week. Actually, tradition here says the tree should go up Christmas Eve, but there's no way I could do that.
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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 5:23pm

Well...the kids removed the ornaments and replaced themon the cholla cactus skeleton that serves as a tree...I think this is our third year and it hasn't come down yet, nor have the ornaments hung along the ceiling on cactus wood branches.

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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 5:35pm
We celebrate Malachimas (natal day of Malachi, turning 6!) and Chanukah. M. gets more presents due to the double whammy. Chanukah is not a major holiday like Christmas, even though a lot of institutions treat them as equivalent, so the presents are usually small. Traditional is coins, real or chocolate. We also give kids small things like books, etc. We do take advantage of seasonal sales to get things we want for them anyhow, like our little one is getting a three-wheel scooter. We usually just light a menorah at home, have a latke-making party with a neighbor of ours, and a few small scale things like that. Some family will be coming for M's birthday party, so we will probably give gifts for those kids at that time.

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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 12:19pm

Hey Gwen, we have that birthday/holiday connection too!

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Fri, 12-09-2011 - 6:46pm

We are not Christian, but usually celebrate family traditions that revolve around Christmas (many extended family are Christian, and we are huge fans of, and participants in, Christmas music). This year, though, it's scaled back because my eldest won't be home until mid-January.

Instead we're celebrating Chanukah as part of a family & community Chanukah celebration taking place tomorrow evening ... more a cultural celebration than a spiritual one, though gently spiritual with a multi-faith awareness. We're playing and singing some traditional songs, and also participating in a klezmer jam and dance afterwards.

Then on Solstice we're participating in a pagan-inspired but Christian-influenced multi-faith Longest Night musical celebration. Again, playing music, contributing to our local community, learning about other faiths and traditions.

On Christmas my mom will have us over for turkey.

Then in January we're creating our own holiday. Dh is taking time off work. Eldest dd will fly home. We have two birthdays but we'll also celebrate with gift-giving on a special day called we've dubbed Festivus ("for the rest of us," Seinfeld-inspired, of course). We'll have the advantage of being able to capitalize on post-holiday sales. Really haven't thought about gifts yet much. Nothing too extravagant. We normally spend maybe a hundred bucks per kid, following the "something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read" guideline. The kids are delightedly dreaming up "Festivus traditions" that we shall have to enact with feigned solemnity and commitment. Should be fun!

Miranda

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in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 11:00am
We are similar in that we aren't Christian either but we identify with Christmas culturally.
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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 1:02pm

I think this will be the hardest Christmas my family has ever been through.

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Sat, 12-10-2011 - 10:40pm
I'm sorry to hear this is a hard time for you guys. Holidays do seem to bring out the best and the worst of situations. I bet he's an adorable Linus and glad to hear your eldest can make it out. Nothing is forever. Hopefully more opportunity and support are coming in the new year.
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Mon, 12-12-2011 - 12:40pm
My brother went through that with the scoliosis brace. He was a trooper, even wore it to karate! If it's any consolation, it was worth it. Totally worked, and resolved serious scoliosis/kyphosis without surgery.

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