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Christmas Traditions Enhance the Season

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 11, 2008

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I asked Ray if he would be willing to share with you a bit about holiday traditions in general, and ours in particular. The following is the result. (If you’re kiddos believe Santa is real, you may not want them to read this… You’ve been warned!)
What’s more appropriate at the celebration of the Savior’s birth than tradition?

Gathering around the Christmas tree in festive attire to decorate the bush, sing old time carols and drink hot cider, what could be better? Can’t you just see the scene unfolding on the card you need to send to your mother-in-law?

In truth, we at the Young household do all the above with the exception of singing Christmas carols (we’re not very musically inclined, we’re just loud.) We also do something Christine found appalling after I hoodwinked her into marrying me… We open gifts on Christmas Eve! She thought that more shocking than your six-year old’s reaction when his friend tells him that the image he has of Santa Claus was largely invented by Coca Cola in the early part of the 20th century.

The kiddies like the bit about getting presents a day early, but upon Chris’ demand, we keep a few brightly colored packages intact for the Christmas morning round…right before brunch.

Those are just a few of the many traditions to which different families tightly cling – and fight over when marriage introduces new blood. For example, what time do you serve dinner? And does the mistletoe hang from the front door or the back? And of course, everyone’s favorite, who’s the sucker who’ll be the first to try your crazy aunt’s fruit cake?

I’m okay with breaking tradition if it involves a nice roast, like my mother-in-law made two years ago…very tasty. But as a general rule, we’re pretty traditional.

Now, go read about some of our family traditions, from my perspective:

I would love to hear about some of your family traditions. Do you exchange gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Who reads the story of Baby Jesus at your house? Please share with us… Who knows you may inspire us to start a new Young family tradition!

And, don’t forget to visit my fun and fab fellow Christmas Gift Guide Bloggers, Kristin from An Ordinary Life and Erika from Chic Shopper Chic… They both have some fun and fab suggestions for you, as far as Christmas traditions go, not to mention they are giving away some great stuff, as well!

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Lots of great stuff to win!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 10, 2008

I mentioned that I have a ton of great giveaways coming up, right?

Well, how about a couple of extra entries in to each of them?

That’s right… I have decided that if you grab my button below, post it on your blog’s sidebar, and sign the Mr. Linky below with your blog’s url, you will receive an extra entry in to each of the giveaways hosted here at From Dates to Diapers over the next week!

For yet another extra entry, publish a special post linking to, and, and sign the Mr. Linky with the exact url to the post you wrote pimping our guides!

If you do post or link, be sure sure you sign my Mr. Linky below, so I can come visit you and spread the linky love.

So, start posting and linking! But, don’t forget to come back to enter each of the giveaways:

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Get ready…

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 9, 2008

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This week I will be rolling out my 2nd annual Christmas Gift Guide. I know, I’m a little early considering I was adamant about waiting until after Thanksgiving last year!

This year, however, I have the privilege of teaming up with two of my favorite mommy bloggers. These hot mamas have become good friends over the past year, and I am happy to be joining efforts with them both!

Both Erika, of Chic Shopper Chick and Hot Blogger Calendar fame, and Kristin, of An Ordinary Life, have great sites where they talk about the latest and greatest products available. Together we will be giving you tips on the best gift ideas this holiday season. And, of course, we will have a bunch of giveaways, too!

Be sure to grab the button, to help us spread the word, and get a jump start on your entries for some terrific gift giveaways!

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