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Christmas

Enjoying the after-Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:45pm

T'was the day after Christmas and all through the house... the children were happily playing with their Christmas gifts. Making rubber band bracelets and bead creations, roller skating, playing tether ball, riding a stick horse... It makes a parent's heart glad to see their kids enjoying their gifts.

My 4-year-old had repeatedly asked for a stick horse for Christmas, and when he unwrapped it he exclaimed, “It's just what I wanted!” We nailed that one! Today he happily rode his horse down the street to Grandma's house.

Getting ready for Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 11:48pm

Are you ready for Christmas? Now there's a loaded question. And my answer so often seems to be a resounding yes and no.

Yes, as far as the big things go, I'm ready. My heart and mind are focused. Essential gifts have been wrapped. If Christmas were to surprise us all and show up a day early, I'd be fine. We're good.

Discovering my son's new Christmas wish list... after I'm done shopping

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 10:38pm

This week I essentially finished my Christmas shopping for my children (yay!). After observing their preferences, asking their input, and generally looking for cool toys for them, I was feeling pretty good about my selections.

So this morning my son saw a commercial on tv for these little Lego type toys that change into robots or something. He was pretty excited about them. He dashed off to his room to write them on his “Christmas wish list.”

Going through Advent to get to Christmas, and revamping our Advent calendar along the way

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:25pm

Counting down the days until Christmas, I have set up our Advent calendar. A gift to us from family, our beautiful wooden box is decorated with a winter animal scene, and its little drawers are numbered for the days before Christmas.

In the past I have hidden little candies or tiny toys in the drawers, but that became more challenging as our family grew. When our third child came along the drawers became far too small, so instead I tucked little notes inside that sent the kids on scavenger hunts around the house for small prizes.

Approaching Thanksgiving and preparing for that next holiday

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:04pm

So we're coming up on Thanksgiving, and my parents want the List. They have been asking, and I have been stalling. The List is simply not ready. I have not yet been able to convince my brain to consider what everyone in our family wants for Christmas, and then distill that information down into a list of gifts for my parents to give.

Life after Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 10:38pm

Christmas came and went again. All the weeks of planning and preparation and choosing just the right gifts came to their culmination yesterday in one great day of gift giving and receiving.

The day after Christmas is a bit of a let-down, I think. Sure there are still presents to play with and days off from school. Maybe some after-Christmas sales to hit. But nothing too exciting really. And maybe that's a good thing.

The Christmas letter: our family's year in review

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:03pm

Have you mailed out Christmas cards yet? I ordered photo Christmas cards this year with a happy picture of our family from our summer vacation in the mountains. They are in a neat pile waiting to be mailed, but first I have to finish writing our Christmas letter.

Have Supper with Santa and help Toys for Tots

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:10am

Sweet Tea Grille, Located off I-95 in Port Wentworth Georgia is hosting Supper with Santa on December 18th , 2012 from 5PM until 8PM to benefit Toys for Tots. Santa will be at the event to take photos with children and to hear what they want for Christmas. Sweet Tea Grille will donate a percentage of their proceeds from this night to Toys for Tots and will also be collecting toys at the event to donate to the organization.

A fun visit to the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 11:14am

On Saturday evening my family and I went to the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights (savannahharborfestivaloflights.com) on Hutchinson Island. We arrived at 6:30, waited in line for 20-30 minutes to pay our $20 admission fee (which includes a $5 food voucher), and were finished by 8:00. We chose to drive through, but there are also options to walk, ride a bike, or take a trolley ride or carriage ride through the lights also. Check the website for pricing.

If you come to my home this December

by Kelly Bringman on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:52am

If you come to my home this December, you will see that we decorated my Christmas tree with the assistance of my 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son. Our decorations are modified this year.

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