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The first weekend of November, my children excitedly ran into the house, “MOM, Mr. Chris is up on his roof.”
This is an annual event that marks the official start of the Christmas season in our neighborhood. Mr. Chris is well known for his extravagant Christmas decorations. Our quiet little street becomes a major thorough-fare during the holidays, as people from far and wide come to see his house. And we have front row seats every year.
Because his decorations are so complicated, he has to begin decorating around the first part of November, so that on the night of Thanksgiving, he can flip the switch.
This picture doesn’t even do his work justice, as I could not possibly fit everything in, as well as the fact that he also decorates the interior of his garage with all manner of automated Christmas figures and trains.
I’ve told Mr. Chris that he must never ever move, because his Christmas tradition means so much to the children of the neighborhood. And the “big” kids as well.
We don’t go quite so grand when decorating the exterior of our house, but I do get a smidge carried away when assembling the traditional Christmas village in our family room. A couple of years ago, I added just a bit of drama for the villagers, in the form of Dino the Dinosaur.
After the children got over the initial horror, they greatly anticipate Dino’s return each and every year.
My kids also delight in setting up our nativity scene. We have two, of course. The breakable version, which goes up high. And the non-breakable one that the kids set up. Every day I enjoy seeing what configuration the children come up with. Some days, a Wise Man can be spotting perched atop the manger. But, I have custody of the baby Jesus, and he appears in his tiny bed on Christmas morning.
Other favorite traditions include the special 5 foot Christmas tree placed in the front of the house, which the children get to decorate any way they choose. With all manner of dolls, cars, paper cups, and hair bows, if desired. They think that mommy is being generous while allowing them their very own tree. What they don’t know is that this way, I am able to decorate the family room Christmas tree with my homemade BREAKABLE Christmas ornaments and special color coordinated bows. All while making certain that everything is evenly spaced, and pleasing to my eye.
Don’t judge me. It’s a brilliant plan. If you lean toward the obsessive compulsive. Which I do.
Another tradition that we typically enjoy in our house is the annual Rum Ball Rhumba and Egg Nog chaser. And by we, I mean Fiddledaddy and me. Sadly, because of my newly imposed diet restrictions, I am going to be forgoing the Rum Balls and Egg Nog. But now to worry, Welch’s has some amazing holiday type beverage recipes.
Check these out, for your own holiday beverage options.
I checked all of the ingredients, and I’m happy to report that I can have most of these drinks. I’m particularly excited about the Spiced Grape Punch. And I plan to serve it in a beautiful wine goblet.
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“What is your favorite family holiday tradition?”
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And remember, Welch’s Sparkling Juice cocktails are the perfect choice for happy family celebrations
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season, everyone!
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