Tag Archives: Christmas

Winding Down…

29 Dec

I don’t know about you guys but the holidays have wiped me out! I’m so tired, and the kids are sort of draining me driving me really crazy during this long break from school. The day after Christmas the little one requested we spend the day going shopping for toys…can you imagine?!  Every year I tell myself I’m going to try to cut down on the excess but my husband has a large family so the kids end up getting a lot of gifts.  They are so fortunate…but I want them to appreciate what they have and receive and it’s tough instilling that when there’s so much coming at them.

Last night I watched my twins eating dinner in their new pjs (Santa always brings pjs) and I couldn’t get over the cuteness.

We still have a week to go before school resumes here and we are just taking it easy and hanging out.


(Ice cream is always great…even when it’s rainy and freezing out like tonight!)

If you, like us, aren’t vacating, how are you occupying the kids during the school break?

Down to the Wire and the Santa Lists Keep Pouring In…

24 Dec


I told my 6-year-old that everything is already in production but she insisted on leaving this for our elf.  It is the strangest list I’ve ever seen a child ask for with highlights including:

  • copy machine in color
  • pliers and tweezers for teeth
  • cast set with x-ray machine

This child of mine is a little, well different, but this list…whoa!

If you celebrate, hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Another Christmas Tradition–Gingerbread Houses

23 Dec

My sister in law’s children are grown, however, she is kind enough to come over every year with beautiful gingerbread houses for my children to decorate. They look forward eagerly to this day even though they decorate houses in school in Girl Scouts and my daughter was even invited to a gingerbread house party. But there’s something about this day with their aunt and their cousin that ranks high in the book of specialness!





Today we are baking cookies all day.  Just what the kids need…more SUGAR!

What are some of your holiday traditions?

Santa Caught on Tape® Review #catchsanta

17 Dec


I mentioned that other day that my kids are beyond nuts during this time of year. First off my twins have their birthdays in November and then we roll into the holidays. Like I always tell the kids, they are soooo special and sooo lucky because we celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas and as I go on to talk about the meaning of that the only word that starts reverberating in their brain is PRESENTS!!!!!!!!!!!! And lots of them!

I love Santa Claus and there’s nothing better than seeing my kids’ excitement and anticipation about Santa. I am devastated that my 3rd graders are starting to ask little questions here and there which indicates to me that the magic and the belief might be coming to an end sooner than I would like…

Or maybe not…after I show the kids the most amazing video…Santa Caught on Tape.  Check this out: http://youtu.be/qnUMZykZm0M

It’s Santa arriving in MY LIVING ROOM!  Proof that he exists!!  The kids are going to flip and I can’t wait to show them on Christmas Day.

Here are the details about this new web service:

Santa Caught on Tape®, (www.santacaughtontape.com) a new Internet service from Park Bench Media has created a sneak peek for children that will allow them to see Santa in the act without the need to stay awake all night.

Imagine the wonder on Christmas morning when parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can share a video clip with their loved ones of Santa putting presents under the tree in their own home? Well, wonder no more. Simply take a picture of your Christmas tree on a smart phone or tablet and Santa Caught on Tape will do the rest.

“Santa Caught on Tape came about from stories my wife and I were recounting to our two boys of the failed attempts we had as children to catch Santa on Christmas Eve,” said John Brancaccio, Creator and Executive Producer, Park Bench Media. “The technology is there to support it, so why not offer a product that allows parents to share in the Christmas magic.”

Visit http://www.santacaughtontape.com to upload a photo of your tree and within a few days a professionally edited video of Santa in your living room delivering presents will be sent in return. No two are alike and children will think the impossible has happened: Santa was caught on tape! This service is available for $19.99 and provides a 45-60 second HD quality video clip that can be downloaded to any smart phone, tablet or mobile device.

It took 2 seconds for me to snap a photo of the Christmas tree with my iPhone, upload it to the site, and I was done.  It’s so easy and if you use the code Santa_BLOG_20 at checkout you can receive 20% off your order.

This is the coolest thing ever! Snap your photo to get your video before Christmas arrives!

Our Annual Santa Brunch

15 Dec


Last Sunday we attended the children’s Christmas party at my husband’s golf club which is something we’ve been doing for the past few years. I really enjoy it because it’s a party focused on fun for the children.  There’s a DJ, dancing, games, a magic show, gingerbread cookie decorating, ice cream sundae making, and of course a visit from Santa who arrives via fire truck.  All of this is within a beautifully decorated environment with tons of delicious food. And, my children are old enough now where I can actually sit and enjoy some of the food!

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I find that I’ve been feeling so much more happiness during the holidays the past couple of years just from witnessing the joy the kids experience whether it be with our elf, lighting the Chanukah candles or any of the many holiday traditions.

I’m starting to believe that when you have children this really can be the most wonderful time of the year!


What do you think?

So Many Holiday Shows!

12 Dec

Yesterday my little one had her Winter Festival. It doesn’t feel like it was 3 whole years ago her twins siblings had their kindergarten winter festival in the school, and then their first grade one. And then of course last year it was hard to believe I was sitting in my baby’s kindergarten winter festival and now here we are and this is the last winter festival I will be attending.

I arrived 45 minutes early for a front row seat to soak up every glorious moment.

One of the many highlights was when she played the glockenspiel :)


Now a few weeks back my 3rd graders also got to participate in shows of their own…Thanksgiving shows. So half the third grade classes performed at 9:00 and the other half at 10:15 and you guessed it…I had one twin in each cluster so we watched the same 3 plays twice and ironically my twins each performed the same play!

But, they were adorable! Both the pilgrim…
and the Native American!

Have you been attending some amazing performances too!?

A Very Merry

25 Dec

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope yours was as wonderful as ours. The quote of the day came from my son, “Mom, Santa gave me everything I wanted! I don’t know what I’ll ask for next year…oh wait, I know, I’ll ask for money!”

Hope you had a great day too. :)

Gingerbread Houses

23 Dec


Another holiday tradition we have going on, thanks to my children’s fabulous aunt and cousin, is gingerbread house decorating. My sister-in-law and niece, for the past 5 years now, have invited the kids to partake in decorating their own houses as Christmas approaches. They absolutely love this event and harrass ask my sister-in-law about when it’s going to happen as soon as we enter December each year.

So even though it’s a bed of germs over here, with the little one still hacking post croup and my big guy dealing with PNEUMONIA (!!!) they came over prepared with all the necessary house fixings.


The kids had so much fun with all the types of candy for decorating with my son exclaiming, “I’m doing more decorating than eating!”


Then my daughter and husband tried to re-enact the little one a few years back trying to take a bite of her entire house (when I said she could have ONE PIECE of the house candy!).


The houses came out looking surprisingly awesome.


But all that work tired out the little one. :)
Feeling like I need a little strength to tackle the next couple of days with the kids…how about you?!

My Heart is Heavy, but then There Was Caroling

17 Dec

I cannot stop thinking about the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook School.

I am, however, glad I filled the kids in because they all told me there was a lot of chatter about it at school today. My son’s teacher discussed it with the class. His twin’s teacher did not (my daughter did ask her teacher if she had heard the news :) ) nor did my kindergarteners. I guess the school admin left it up to the teachers. Either way the kids and I talked about it more today as they did homework.

Then it was time for my daughter to attend her brownie meeting, except today it’s a special event as the troop is going Christmas caroling. I fondly remember doing this as a brownie so I feel uplifted that my daughter is having such a fun experience with her friends.  She was so excited to go!


She’s caroling as I write this, and I’m smiling as I think about it.

Our Annual Santa Party

12 Dec

One of our holiday traditions is to attend a children’s Christmas party at my husband’s golf club.  The kids get to talk to Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies or houses, dance eat candy and basically do it up all at one event.  This is our third or fourth year attending and it was an absolute pleasure!!!!

Past years my 7-year-old daughter was deathly afraid of Santa so that made parties like these very hard!

I’m finding that I can actually sit and eat my meal these days at events which is so utterly fabulous after so many years of keeping track of 3 babies and preventing injury or escape while in public!

Before we left I had a mandatory photo shoot in front of our tree :)


It’s too bad my manic tendencies had me making our holiday card weeks ago because this was really the perfect shot!

Come to think of it, the whole day is really a photo shoot. If you hadn’t noticed, I loooove taking photos of my kids and now that I’m rocking a real camera I’m pretty much unstoppable!


It’s very rare I’m in a picture because of this but I begged my husband to help me make the family picture happen….and it did :)

The kids were called together to listen to a magic show.  Though my son seems to be too cool for anything these days, even he was amused.


When Santa came there was a massive line and hoard of freaking kids.  I urged my kids to wait and since we were the only ones left in the dining room the DJ worked the party just for my kids!

this may be the favorite shot of the day

this may be the favorite shot of the day

When it was finally time for Santa I was thrilled to snap a shot of all 3 on him, which has never before been done!


My son said “okay mom but don’t put it on Facebook or blog!”

I tell you this Santa was so engaging and adorable. He had lengthy conversations with the kids which may have explained the long but worth the wait lines.


I’m finding that as the years go on I am acquiring more holiday spirit. I really relish in the kids excitement and innocence and know these days are numbered.
Do you enjoy this time of the year?


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