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Friday, December 12, 2008


The holidays are upon us. Magic is in the air.

Family traditions are a great way to celebrate the season and make it special for your children. The traditions can be big or small. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Your children will enjoy whatever you do to make the season special.

Here in mom-land we do have a couple of traditions that we try to maintain for the holidays.

First, every year we drive to Lake Lanier for their Nights of Lights and Santa's Village. It's a wonderful evening of driving through lights, with a final stop at Santa's Village where the kids can roast marshmallows and ride rides. There's also a bit of shopping at the Village Store involved, of course.

Second, their Grandma has a visitor that hangs out at her house for the season. His name is Harvey and he's an elf. There's a book, The Elf on the Shelf, that tells all about the elf and how he leaves every evening to go see Santa and report on whatever is going on in the family. Harvey moves around quite a lot. Every time he leaves, when he comes back he finds a new place to sit. The kids have to figure out where he is when they come to visit.

These little things are so simple, but the entire family looks forward to them.

If you don't currently have any holiday traditions, now is a good time to start. Figure out what will work for your family and turn it into something special.

Remember to have fun, too...