Since moving and as the kids have gotten older we’ve had to develop some new holiday traditions.
We used to always visit that crazy house in Smoke Rise that is so lit up every year. Many of our friends still do and post about it on Facebook.
Now we have a new crazy house to visit. This guy has less space to work with but he is more mechanized. (See photo above.) The kids enjoy seeing that one.
Last weekend we went to an outdoor mall where they blow “snow” at the kids. It was soap foam. It was a little bit disappointing. Next year we have to remember that in Glendale (where the big stadium is) they do a real snow event that is free. They have a field of real snow for the kids to play in but we missed it by one night. (Flagstaff gets a lot of snow but it hasn’t snowed yet this year. It’s also a couple of hours away from us. But we will go in January to see real snow.)
With the “Hobbit” movie coming out soon I think it would be a cozy thing to all cuddle up and read “The Hobbit” aloud. I remember one of my elementary school teachers reading “The Hobbit” to us. (I can’t remember which grade though – PHR or Jarvis do you remember who it was? Could it have been Mrs. Johnson in 4th grade?)
We also recently bought one of those outdoor fire pits to make S’mores in and just sit by the fire. I think that’s a nice way to spend time together and relax. We used it around Thanksgiving when my parents visited. Lilina had a big time sitting in her Papa’s lap telling “ghost stories.” She would basically just make spoooooky noises.
When the kids were little we used to gingerbread house making parties around Christmas but now we’re doing ornament parties where they pin sequins into foam balls. The neighbor kids love those kits. (Just picked them up half-price at Hobby Lobby last Saturday.)
Several of you wrote last week that you just love to sit with the lights out and look at your tree.
What are your favorite holiday traditions to do alone or with your family? Have you had to change things as the kids have gotten older?