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One Tradition that I have started for my daughter who will be 4 in December is I always buy her a Holiday Barbie ornament (even bought one when she was 3 days old that first Christmas) and I buy her one other ornament every year, usually something that she is interested in at the time. For example, 1st year Barney and now this year, for sure, the Rugrats!
Laurie Brown, Group Manager - Discovery Toys

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We make cupcakes before Christmas Day. On Christmas morning, after breakfast, we put a candle in one of the cupcakes, and my daughter sings Happy Birthday to Jesus, and blows out the candle for him.
Dottie Gruhler - President, HerPlanet Network

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5 years ago, I had a Holiday Tea Party for my daughter. It was such a success we've done it every year! We do three activities: Decorating cookies, making an ornament and decorating large Holiday cards. We also put out finger foods and play Holiday music in the background. After the activities, we take the girls to a local nursing home for Christmas Caroling. They share the cookies and cards they decorated and spend time visiting with the residents. The girls bring a gift to the party, but they don't exchange them; instead, they are donated to a local women and children's shelter. This party takes a lot of pre-planning and a lot of work, but it is creating wonderful memories for my daughter. She will always remember this tradition of having her very own Holiday party every year from the time she was 5 years old! We have a lot of fun. Each year, her friends, old and new, ask me if we're having our party. It gives my daughter the chance to be the child who gets my undivided attention - for a little while, at least ~:0)
Jeri Sires, Owner - TowelBuddies

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I grew up in the outskirts of Seattle, Washington and did the normal things rural families did during the Christmas holiday. We went to the tree lot to get the best looking bent tree we could find. In 1994, when I was 27 and just married my second husband, we moved to the beautiful state of Wyoming. That Christmas was like no other I had ever had.

My husband had grown up here and was always outside doing something. That year and every year since we have been able to go out to the mountains, which are only 30 minutes away, to look for our own Christmas tree to cut down. We bundle up the kids, make hot chocolate, head to the hills and spend a few hours walking around the snow covered ground (at least a foot of snow) enjoying the family time and the beautiful view God gives us each year. Also, each year, we have an oyster stew with bread and wine. Then we attend midnight mass at church on Christmas Eve where we have candlelight service. Christmas morning we open our gifts and then spend the day enjoying family and listening to Christmas carols.
Gretchen Hulett - Independent Mary Kay Consultant



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