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November 29th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Do you all have any?

We do a secret sibling Santa exchange between the 9 kids. We draw names, keep it secret, and than open the gifts close to Christmas. We pick a night about a week before Christmas, and that evening it's all about sharing and loving on their siblings. We have cookies for dinner, egg nog, and lots of yummmy fruit and jello dishes. It honestly is my favorite time, because it's not rushed in the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day rush to hit all 34895478 relatives house . It's very relaxing with just our family.

We also really enjoy buying for the Angel Giving Tree. We pick some off the tree and buy for the kids. It's amazing how much the kids look forward to it and wonder how the kids liked their gifts.

We also donate plates of cookies to the food shelf. We try and make about 50 dozen, make up 50 plates, and then have them handed out to people who come to the food shelf.

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Does anyone want to share some of their favorites?

As a side note, I am really feeling the pregnancy hit me hard this time, I'm 18 weeks, and don't know if we can get 50 dozen extra cookies made. I know the kids will be disappointed. But when Mama needs 9-10 hours of sleep a night, it cuts into stuff
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November 29th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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We draw names in our family too, and we go shopping as a family and everyone gets their gifts then. You have to write something you love or appreciate about the person on the present (this can be tricky, "I love it when Julia isn't yelling" is not what I mean) and has to go with 2 secret acts of kindness. We generally open our presents a few days before Christmas. We have a birthday cake for Jesus (a round angel food cake with white icing and red and green smarties).

Due to my blogginghomeschoolinglargefamilymom inspiration, the kids and I will bake cookies and bring some around to our neighbors.

It's the least I can do reading that COB usually does 50 dozen. But what a great tradition. Your house sounds like lots of fun
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November 29th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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well geez, nothing like that! We did bell ringing for the first time last year. Not sure if we will do it this year because of Weston. I can't really see taking him outside for an hour with me

We DO do Christopher Popinkins (the non scary version of elf on a shelf lol). They also get new PJ's every year for St. Nick, so they have new Xmas Pjs to wear. Every morning on xmas morning we have cinnamon rolls.
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November 29th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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We have cinnamon rolls Christmas morning too!!!! I think I take in enough calories in those two days to last me until New Years!

I love hearing these fun things!

#5in2005, don't let the cookies fool you. Yes, we have a great time, but I am cleaning flour and sugar off our floor for weeks And I usually take a nap the next day, but it is a blast! Me and 9 kiddos, oh yeah. We just listen to Christmas music and try not to look at the mess until were done.
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November 29th, 2012, 04:19 PM
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We bake quite a few different kinds of cookies, sometimes even up until Christmas Eve. For breakfast on Christmas morning, we always have coffee cake. It's my mom's recipe, and it tastes a little different than most other coffee cakes I have had, but it's definitely a tradition!

The biggest tradition for us is doing the tree. The girls all look forward to that and reminiscing about where ornaments came from, when they got them, etc.
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November 29th, 2012, 06:16 PM
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About the only thing we do is X-mas eve, I do not share that day...if I don't have to. We have hot chocolate, make 'gingerbread' houses, watch X-mas movies and the kids get to open one present.

Christmas morning I make a big breakfast, since my MIL cooks dinner. Somewhere in all of that....I try to prevent the house from falling apart.
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November 29th, 2012, 07:31 PM
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Dh likes to come up with something different/unexpected each year to make it special. We do cookies every year not like COB but enough for family decoration and consumption. At least one year that ended in an icing "fight" One year he filled the house with balloons. Another he built a ball pit around the Christmas tree. When it was just the oldest 2 he too them out back (with goggles on) and they had a shaving cream fight.
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November 29th, 2012, 11:46 PM
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We do a lot of the same things as when I was a kid since there were 7 of us. We have potatoe/clam chowder Christmas eve, then open pajamas. We then stay up late playing board games. In the morning, the kids find cereal packets in their socks so they can make themselves breakfast and I get to sleep in.
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November 30th, 2012, 05:52 AM
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Oh yes, how could I forget the pajamas? Everyone gets new pajamas every Christmas Eve. Santa leaves them for us while we're at church.
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November 30th, 2012, 06:27 AM
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We do the pajamas on Christmas Eve too. We usually go to church Christmas Eve and looking at lights and drinking cocoa that night too. We usually adopt a family around Christmas time and starting tomorrow we're doing 25 days of blessings to others (random acts). We do this throughout the year, but never have at Christmas time and everyday before Christmas. I'm hoping that will be a tradition.
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November 30th, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Let's see...we do the pj's on Christmas Eve also...Elf on the Shelf and Christopher Popinkins (I couldn't decide between the two so it's kinda like Elf on the Shelf with a sidekick)....we have to spend one movie night during the season watching Polar Express and drinking Hot Cocoa and another movie night watching Elf....on Christmas we play Christmas Bingo for most of the day...

I like the idea of making cookies for others and 25 days of blessings
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November 30th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Great ideas ladies!
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November 30th, 2012, 02:58 PM
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Found a pic of the ball pit. That inspired dh to build a bigger/permanent one in the basement.
Repti.Mom and HalfDozen like this.
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November 30th, 2012, 11:34 PM
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We don't go anywhere on Christmas, no family. We don't do huge dinner. The kids wake up, open presents. Christmas is over. Not big into the whole thing.
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December 1st, 2012, 10:26 AM
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We just started elf on the shelf this year, and it's been a huge hit. We go through the kids clothes/toys in early December to donate, we always open pjs, story books, and new ornaments on Christmas eve, and this year we started an Advent calendar with activities instead of just candy.
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December 2nd, 2012, 06:33 PM
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ummm, I've only got five and I suck!
Christmas eve we do Catholic Mass at 6pm, then come home and open Christmas Jammies. Christmas morning dh and I throw the turkey in the oven at 7am, the kids get up and rip and tear presents open-then we have a french toast/bacon breakfast. 2pm turkey dinner is ready, we stuff ourselves then the kids are in bed by 5 or 6pm. Then we usually rip down the tree the next day since its been up since Nov 1st and I'm sick of looking at it. When the kids are bigger I'll draw names and bake 50 dozen cookies, but right now I'm tired with five kids, two jobs, two houses and my Master's lol!
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December 3rd, 2012, 05:38 PM
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The only tradition we do every year now is I go Christmas shopping with a good friend. We leave all the kids at home with dad and go out for a couple hours for shopping, dinner and girl time.
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