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Favorite Christmas Tradition

I thought that I would kick off the Christmas season again this year with my Favorite Christmas Tradition!  

We have been doing this tradition in our home for several years now and I always look forward to it more than anything else that we do!  

Even if you do not do this tradition in your home…it is a great story to start of your holiday season and get you in the true meaning of Christmas!

We started this Christmas tradition in our home few years ago.  

My children are all grown and married, and every year we would go through this little ritual.  They would say, “Mom, what do you and dad want for Christmas?”  and I would reply “that we really did not need anything,” and I could never come up with any ideas for them.

We usually all get together for Sunday dinner, and five years ago at one of these family nights, I read the following story to my family.  

This reminds me so much of my own husband.   He does not like the commercialism of Christmas.  Just like the man in the story.  Thus was born the tradition of the “White Envelope”.  

It is truly the highlight of Christmas for my husband and I.  We wake up on Christmas morning and we read the letters from each of our children and their family.  I must admit, that it usually brings tears to our eyes!  What a beautiful way to start our Christmas Day!

This is my “White Envelope”, I made it out of fabric and it goes on the Christmas tree.  

You could use any white envelope, but I decorated it up and we use it year after year.  All of the grand kids know exactly what it is and they get caught up in the spirit also!

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Sinterklaas Party 2013

We had our annual Sinterklaas party this last weekend and the kids had a great time!

 Sinterklass day is not until Dec. 5th, but we always have our party on the weekend when we can all be together.  We started this tradition after my oldest son served a mission for our church, in the Netherlands.  I love all of the rich traditions that go along with the arrival of Sinterklaas and the start of the Christmas season.  That is why we celebrate it every year.  It is just a fun way to kick off the holidays!   I will apologize in advanced for all the family pictures in this post, but that is what this party is all about and then also this fun guy:

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