I started on the kids' lists too...but I need to plan a shopping trip while they're in school next week. If I'm lucky, I might
Thank you, thank you, THANK you for your great advice to my dilemna in this post. I love the ideas about asking my kids what tradition they can't live without this year. In fact, I asked them over dinner two nights ago, and they all said, "Opening gifts". Well, that's sort of a given, so I finally got them to tell me some things they want to bake and make and do, and some of those things might just get done while we're in Arkansas. Anyway, I'm feeling much better about this whole thing. Thank you!
One thing we do every year that makes it feel like Christmas to me is take a trip to the North Pole. We're going today (they were closed yesterday) and I'm so excited. Highs are supposed to be in the 40s today which is warmer that it's ever been before when we've gone. I'm packing lunch and hot cocoa and treats and we're heading out in a bit to see Santa and ride every ride in the park! Should be a fun day. I'll post some pics this weekend.
I keep wanting to continue adding to the ornament post series that I started last year, but time isn't really working for me. If you're really bored and want to see some of the memories hanging on our Christmas tree, here's Part I, Part II, and Part III.