Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Bucket List 2012

Each year Papa Bear and I make a bucket list for the holiday season so that we can make sure to enjoy this month as a family and keep the focus on experiences rather than gifts.  It all begins on December 1st when we decorate the house, have the return of Zippy the Christmas Elf and put the tree up.  Next comes family Christmas movie night every Friday evening and we have already watched Frosty the Snowman and Elmo Saves Christmas.

This weekend we also made Gingerbread houses with the boys (an activity best left for when Sweet Pea is napping).  It was our first go at making them and we took it easy on ourselves using graham crackers for the house.  I whipped up some homemade royal icing and used some of the stash of corn-free super expensive but totally worth it candy like jelly beans, licorice, gummy bears and chocolate.  Papa Bear was in charge of Peanut and his house construction and I was in charge of Little Man.  Mee-Mom was in charge of alerting us to when Peanut (and Papa Bear for that matter) was putting candy in his mouth instead of on the house and of trying to take pictures which was hard because she was laughing so much that all of the pictures were blurry.  It was a raving success even if more candy ended up in Peanut.  Papa Bear was a little upset that his house was not symmetrical and the walls weren't load bearing.  He did have a over hang off of the roof to reduce water damage in the siding and trimmed the crackers by nibbling as needed.  Little Man wanted to cover every single inch of his house with candy/icing and was very focused on the decorations.  Peanut had icing in his hair and took a handful of candy and shoved in his mouth for every one jelly bean he put on the house and Papa Bear wasn't paying great attention because he was still trying to figure out how to make the roof to scale with the rest of the house.  (Note to self:  Give Papa Bear his own supplies for an architecturally correct gingerbread house next year).  

It was fantastic Christmas to add to this years bucket list.
Still to come:
Santa Train
Bull Run Lights
Neighborhood walk for lights
Making reindeer food and dessert with neighbors
Christmas Eve celebration with our great friends
Christmas cookies
Mee-Mom Christmas (aka spoiled rotten kids day)

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