December 19, 2014

Holiday traditions including a festive run

For our Friday linkup with Mar,  Courtney  and Cynthia,  the topic of the week is holiday traditions.  We have quite a few traditions that we enjoy during the Christmas season.  We go to church on Christmas Eve every year, but we also have a list of things that seem to happen each and every year so I guess we will call them our traditions!

1.  Game night:  We have several Christmas games that always provide fun and laughter.  Last year my brother stepped up as MC of the Christmas trivia game and we were totally amused with his theatrical performance. This year we have a couple new games planned with help from Christine and Adam.


2.  Puzzles:  The ladies in my family all love to work on a Christmas puzzle together and we have a nice collection to choose.   For 2014, A Charlie Brown Christmas seemed the perfect option  since we will be working on it right next to the Peanutes tree that was decorated just a few days ago!


3.  Stockings for everyone:  About 20 years ago, my parents and siblings decided that stockings would be fun for the adults too!  The first couple years we drew names and had to fill a stocking for one person.  Then we changed the rules, put a $10 limit and we try to outdo each other with fun and creative things for each other.  Buying one or two small gifts for everyone is easier than filling one stocking for one person!

Christine's handmade needlepoint stocking!
4. Appetizer bonanza: We love appetizers and before the move, I made and froze rye pizzas and spinach balls. The group will put together vegetable pizzas made with crescent rolls on the 23rd and those will be gone in no time.

The calories don't count if they have vegetables or cheese!

5.  Putting the ornament on the tree from my kindergarten teacher:  I was given a precious little kewpie doll china bell ornament when I was 5 years old from my teacher.  It is amazing that it has not broken in all our moves, but it is the oldest ornament on our tree!  Sorry I can't share a photo of this cutie, but we will decorate the family tree on the 23rd after company arrives!

6.  A holiday run:  Since we started running in 2010, we have gotten out for a run on the morning of either the 23rd or 24th of December. We try to be festive for our runs and here is a peak at how we were dressed in 2012:



Thanks again to the lovely ladies of DC for hosting the blog hop.  Be sure to check out their blogs with the links above.


Share in the comments below if you have a special holiday tradition in your family.


25 comments:

  1. I am such a fan of gift limits- it makes it so much more fun to try and find the perfect gift for less than $xx. Your dog is too cute--I think you need one more pair of Santa ears!

    --CK
    cookingupkefi.com

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    1. Yes, great idea to get Paddy some Santa Mickey ears!

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  2. What great traditions!!! Merry Christmas to the both of you!

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  3. I love the adult stocking idea. I usually like the little presents the most anyway. We do appetizers on Christmas Eve and enjoy it so much more than a traditional meal. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Oh appetizers on Christmas eve is a wonderful idea. I may just steal that one!

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  4. Great list. I plan to go out for a run as well on Christmas Eve morning this year I think. I have my Santa's Workshop 5K shirt to wear that I think will be appropriately festive. I'll probably tack on my Christmas ProCompression as well.

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    1. John, it sounds like you have perfect festive attire for your run!

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  5. ack i love how festive you gals are. LOVE IT. have a wonderful christmas!!

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    1. Thanks Courtney, hope you enjoy a lovely Christmas as well.

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  6. Ah Christams Day...the one day I can actually sleep IN. I call that a major score in the present department to myself!

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    1. You are the only person I know who plans to sleep in on Christmas. I am up so early with excitement even at my very advanced age!

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  7. I love puzzles and we don't do them enough. Thanks for the idea, as I will be on vacation with my kids, its a great activity.

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  8. Oh, my gosh! I love, love, love your Charlie Brown Christmas puzzle! That is adorable!

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  9. Sounds like an awesome way to spend Christmas. Family, Food, Gifts, Games and Running. What else is there?

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  10. Such cute traditions. I have never put a puzzle together. It is so tedious. I don't think I would have the patients for that..haha. -L

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  11. I like the stockings - my MIL does those for the adults and I miss them when we're not visiting!

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  12. oh I love this list!! what a great set of traditions!! I especially like the appetizer bonanza and the run :)

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  13. Love that you dress up for your Holiday run! The stockings gift exchange is a great idea!

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  14. Great list of traditions. I like the idea of stuffing a stocking and its so nice that you still have your ornament from your kindergarten teacher!

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  15. My dad reads twas the night before Christmas and the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas eve :)

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  16. I love how you all handle the stocking stuffing. Sounds like a great way to spread a little cheer without breaking the bank!

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  17. Yes, stocking for everyone. Even the dogs and cats:)

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  18. I love the idea of a holiday themed run! We are all runners in my family so I don't know how we have never done this, may have to add that to our holiday traditions as well!

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  19. I love your Charlie Brown tree!

    We usually go out for a Christmas morning run before it's light out, so I don't dress up in festive running clothes. My running group had a Christmas lights run one evening last week, and that was a lot of fun! I wore an antler ear-warmer, and a Santa shirt from a recent race.

    Merry Christmas!

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