So I'm (finally) feeling the Christmas spirit. For family night last week the boys and I made snow flakes to hang around the house. This was a lot of fun and the boys did a really good job. Tim cut up a piece of paper and with a little help it tuned out to be a snow flake (kinda). For James and Tommy I folded the paper for them and drew a patter on and they cut it up. I was really impressed with James. It's fun watching him grow and seeing his fine motor skills develop. Tommy is working on cutting better, but it's hard to help him because he's a lefty. I really have to think about what I am doing to be able to show him how to use scissors to make them work, finally he got it to work (most of the time.)
Anyways... That was a long intro into what I wanted to say. Part of the fun of Christmas is all the fun things that only happen at this time of year. So I made a list.
1-You get to drive around neighborhoods to see all the Christmas lights. (really it's just an excuse to get into the gated communities to see what all the whoop-la is about)
2-You can say things like Bah-Humbug when your having a bad day, and people get it. Oh, and I thought of another, You can use the words "yester-year" and "the days of yore" in any Christmas sentence.
3-The bells....oh the bells. I really do like the salvation Army guys. We save our change all year long so the boys always have something to put in the red buckets at every stop we make. (I'm having to watch Tommy this year to make sure he puts the money in the bucket and not his pocket.)
4- For your listening pleasure.... the songs I wait all year for. The Muppet's 12 Days of Christmas, (I totally love the Muppet's) and the Hanukkah songs from Adam Sandler here's one, and the other. Then there's the 12 Utah Christmas-s (you'll really only get this if you are familiar with Utah, but it's still so funny)
5-Along with the songs you get some yummy treats that only come out this time of year. I'm specifically talking about the Oreo's!! I mean really can you get any better? Mint Chocolate covered Oreos, Peppermint Cream Oreos, White Fudge coverd Oreos. (...you finish reading while I finsh my box of Oreos)
6-Christmas cards!!! I love getting stacks and stacks of them (probably because I SEND out stacks and stacks of them) And just so you know, the winner of the first Christmas card coming to my house is from the.....Higbee family Do you want to know the prize... now I'm sure you all wish that you got yours in the mail sooner now that you know there is a prize... They get the prize spot on the wall of cards and 4...wait 1 of my holiday oreo cookies. (ok so maybe just some crumbs....maybe not) Still front and center on the wall of cards is pretty good.
7-GIVEAWAYS!!! During Christmas it seems like everyone is giving way prizes (see#6) and Angela is giving away a FREE blog make over. (And when I say her, I really mean her husband will be doing it... I hear is amazing... at least that's what I read on her blog and I'm going with that)
8-I get to torture my children into matching outfits and make them sit together, almost touching, for a picture. Of which I'm sure I will take 50 shots and get 2.5 half way decent ones. (Scroll down to the bottom of my blog for last year's pictures, if you put your mouse over the pictures you can see the comments I was making to them.(I guess I need on get on it for this year, I wouldn't want to miss the drama of this)
9-Between Thanksgiving and New Years dieting and exercising is outlawed... Oh, you didn't know, huh, -well now you do so put down the carrot and pick up the cookies (and fudge and brownies, and candy) that your neighbors have brought over.
10-And finally this time of year brings out the joy and twinkle in people's eyes (but not in the Walmart parking lot) I love watching the boys get excited about the little things. Baking cookies, making snow flakes, decorating the tree. It's all so magical to them, and I love making that happen.
So there you have it. If you weren't in the Chrismast mood before I hope you are now.