Tuesday, December 29, 2009

December Happenings

Our whole month of December was pretty busy. I will try to list some of the highlights. On December 19 we had an extended Leary Family Christmas Party. Guess who came...That's right! Santa came. Our kids are at such an exciting age.


When Santa came into the room that we were partying in, my boys and some of their cousins ran up and gave him a hug.


This is Seth's Uncle Dick. He is by far the best Santa I have ever seen. He is so jolly and really seems to really love the kids. He emanates the Spirit of Santa.


I think Gordon was the most excited of our family to see Santa. He talked to him so much and had an answer to everything. Everyone was laughing by the time Gordon finished talking to him.

Jared was pretty skeptical of the whole thing. He didn't really want to sit on Santa's lap or really get into the whole Santa idea. I was a little disappointed because it means he is growing up and doesn't appreciate the magic of Christmas as much as he has in the past.

Mia, who knows the truth about Santa, loves the whole idea of Santa and I expect her to just keep on pretending for as long as she can. she is such a fun imaginative girl.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Traditions

Another funny story about Carols is this: I have a younger sister named Carol and she has a twin sister named Karen. Carol used to get so angry when anyone would suggest we sing Christmas Carols. She would always say, "Why don't you sing Christmas Karens?" When we would tease her around Christmas, we would always just say, "Christmas Carol, Christmas Carol." She would get SO mad about that. She has since outgrown it.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Decorating Traditions

I used a template form Jessica Sprague and the papers are from Shabby Princess.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Joy

Think back to a time of holiday joy in your life. Where were you? Who was there?

This post goes a little with the last one I entered.

When I was 10 years old, my family moved off our farm and we became "city kids". Two houses down from our new home lived a lady named Rosa. She wasn't exactly thrilled when a family of 10 moved onto her quiet street. We were noisy kids and she let us know that we were too noisy.

For a few years we just ignored her and things were what they were. But one year we decided to give her a plate of Christmas Candy. No one really wanted to deliver it to her because she was so grumpy when it came to us. Finally, it came down to John and me. We were the ones to take the candy to Rosa. At first we talked about just putting it by her door, knocking and then running. We decided we had better not do that.

We slowed our steps as we got closer to Rosa's house. When we finally got to her door, we knocked and waited. She came to the door and we handed her the plate of goodies and told her "Merry Christmas", turned around and ran home.

About 30 minutes after we got back home there was a knock on our door. It was Rosa. She was so surprised and appreciative of the treat we had given her. She had made some treats for our family too. She didn't seem to mind so much when we played Kick-the-Can at night any more. The scolding stopped and we were able to get to know a pretty neat person.

December 2

This should have been posted yesterday but I didn't get around to it.

Do you remember making any specific recipe with older family members? What was the experience like

Every year for Christmas, for as long as I can remember, my mom would make candy to give to the neighbors. I remember what seemed like hours stirring until the candy was at the perfect temperature. This was a time when we could visit and joke around with each other. I especially loved this part of the Christmas Season.

We always had fun delivering the candy to the neighbors and wishing them a Merry Christmas. Now my mom will mail some Christmas Candy to her children. It is always a fun box to receive because it is tied to so many memories.

I rarely make candy at home so my kids don't really know the fun of the experience. Last year my mom started inviting us to come, one family at a time and make candy with her. I hope my kids treasure this memory the way I do.