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Nov 23, 2007


A little known holiday is celebrated in our house on the day after Thanksgiving.

Today is the ninth annual Christmas Kick Off! Today is the day we welcome the Christmas season. It is our family tradition to spend the day in pajamas, listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas videos. We eat the first candy cane of the season, leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast, popcorn, Christmas candy, sparkling cider, and peanut blossom cookies (which are the cookies we make and leave out for Santa).

The kids pull out their sleeping bags, grab their pillows and make nests in front of the TV. They beg to eat candy all day... and we convince them to eat something on the healthy side first...

This year we are attempting to put together a Christmas puzzle- a little hard with two 21 month old girls climbing everywhere- we haven't quite started that project, yet. It's 4:00, and we have watched, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, The Polar Express, Elf, and Deck the Halls (not as funny as I was hoping). Next on the agenda? Santa Clause III, make the cookies, start the puzzle.

The kids run around between movies, play outside and are at the moment very involved in a good guys, evil guys, helicopter, trapping the bad guys with blocks sorta game.

It's the best way to recover from Thanksgiving, no shopping, unless it's online. An occasional grown up nap is squeezed in, no commitments, sit back and relax, kinda day.


K J and the kids said...

I'm grabbing my sleeping bag...I'll be over in 15 minutes.

nailgirl said...

We hang out the day after thanksgiving too. It is do whatever you want day, pj's and all.

nailgirl said...

Hell if I wasn't out of milk, I wouldn't even be going out at all.

Jess said...

Sounds divine. We're stealing the tradition:)

~*~Hallie~*~ said...

Wow. that sounds great. Mind if we join ya'll? What a great idea, I may need to start that next year.:)

Nicki Mann said...

Sounds like an awesome tradition! I wish I lived at your house!

gwendomama said...

how could you have possibly been keeping this a secret from the rest of us all this time.

actually, we did spend day in pj's. online shopping. i love the CKO video til you choke idea !!!

elena jane said...

what a fabulous idea!! we actually kind of did this too, tho we watched regular kid movies since i think mine are all frostied out, at least for a few more days. ;-)

Cole Twins - Wisconsin said...

OH MY GOD....How fun!!!!

Tricia said...

We had a good time and the babies just climbed all over every one and dumped toys out everywhere!

KJ- Hallie- Nicki-

The more the merrier- but you have to come in pajamas!