What are all you sahm's doing for Christmas this year?

Terrill - posted on 11/14/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I absolutley LOVE Christmas and have already started my Xmas shopping! This year I will be making my own Xmas chocolate, gingerbread cookies and popcorn strings for the tree:) What do you do to make Christmas special at your house? Is your child/ren old enough to enjoy the holiday yet? My son will be 16 months for Xmas and I will also have a newborn. Can't wait to see my son's face when he starts opening all his presents!

Merry Christmas! :)

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Charlie - posted on 11/24/2010

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I love christmas , We are spending the day swimming at the beach ( We are Australian ) then going home eating a seafood feast with all of our friends and family sharing presents and then eating some more, watching the kids play and then enjoy a nice cold beer and finish with another swim at the beach .

Erin - posted on 11/24/2010

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My son is 5 and my daughter is 16 months. CHristmas will be small this year for us so we are going to focus on the more traditional things. Putting up the tree, popcorn strings, hot chocolate and home made gifts. I've budgeted 400-500$, $100 per child, 25$ per stocking and $50ish for each parent. We've decided to make a list of our needs and each parent will take the kids with them to chose a gift for each other from all of them. My main need this year is a new kettle and a radio for the kitchen :) We've already got the kids' stockings for under 25$ each. I actually think we'll come in under budget. This is difficult for me since christmas has always been a huge thing. But I'm hoping I can get the more traditional sense of christmas down in our family. I'm going to make cookie mix for friends and family and take some pictures (in front of our tree) and send them to family members. For my son's 5th birthday he got all of these toys and he only plays with about 3 or 4 of them. So I'm thinking that's all he'll need for xmas. As for my daughter, she's so young she'll do fine with that many as well. Also considering they'll be getting an additional 5-10 gifts from other family members, I'm not worried of them feeling deprived of christmas gifts. Good luck everyone on your christmas goals for this year!

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2010

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I have a 4 year old, a 2 year old and #3 due in January. I started some online shopping and will do Black Friday shopping next Friday. I'm also making our kids several gifts (new quilts, jammies, and some matching kids/doll clothes for my daughter). I've been really watching online sales and have found some awesome deals so the kids may get extra this year because of the money I'm saving.

We are also starting advent calendars with the kids and I need to get those made pretty quickly here!!

Ciara - posted on 11/18/2010

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i love christmas to, i have my christmas cake made since september, all my christmas shopping done and cant wait!!!however my eldest daughter just loves d build up but never gets excited on christmas mornin!!!i also make mulled wine and mince pies which we leave out 4 santa!!!!

Karen - posted on 11/17/2010

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We usually buy our tree on Black Friday, but this year if will be a week later. Saturday after Black Friday we go downtown for the annual holiday parade. This year my girls and I will be in the parade. We decorate our tree on Saturday and the following Saturday we go to my brothers and decorate his tree. We go over there on Chrismas eve for a party. We usually just stay home on Christmas. I don't always cook a special meal. I like to bake alot of cookies. The kids like to help.

Khadijah - posted on 11/17/2010

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My girls will be almost 23 months by Xmas. I am very excited because this year they are older and I think they'll be able to enjoy it more. I have already started my Xmas shopping but there are still a few more things I want to get. I think this year we will bake cookies and I'll let them help their Dad and I decorate the tree. Our first Xmas was spent at home and we are considering doing the same thing this year. Its such a special time for us and I love sharing it with just my husband and two daughter's. However we may spend Xmas Eve with either my father-in-law and his wife or my mother-in-law.



Happy Holiday's Everyone!!

Lady Heather - posted on 11/17/2010

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Christmas is big around here. I'm half done with shopping which makes me feel very relieved. I made the fruitcake yesterday and the pudding is steaming right now. I pretty much bake for an entire month before Christmas - cookies, squares, tarts...the whole she-bang. I have a Christmas party at my house on the 17th for my book club and then a big party at my dad's the next day for which I must supply all the baking. Sooooo much easier now that I don't work!

My sister and her husband and 6 month old son are coming from across the country so we are super excited this year! We plan on cutting down a Christmas tree, decorating up a storm and making some tasty food. I'm also getting visits from my brother and his wife and my mum and stepdad. Everyone will be here! That's pretty rare for us.

I think for my daughter, this year will actually be exciting. My nephew will probably be more interested in the paper than the toys, but oh well.

April - posted on 11/17/2010

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I am having family come over and we are going to have dinner and open gifts and that is pretty much it.

Toni - posted on 11/17/2010

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My boys are 7, 4, and 8 months. We are all very excited for baby's first Christmas. We make cookies and breads to fill baskets for teachers and bus drivers. They like to "help" with all of my holiday baking. They also LOVE helping decorate the Christmas tree. My husband and I let them do all of it. They love to point out to visitors which ones they put where.
We also make sure that they know why we celebrate Christmas. That is a tradition that we have carried on from my husbands family. We all enjoy hearing the story of Jesus' birth!

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I've finished shopping for my daughter. We are just doing one present this year and stockings. But we also don't have a lot of money. I plan on making a lot of sweets this year to give out. I make fudge every year and I was going to add on sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and peanut brittle.

My favorite memories as a kid are helping my mom make all of the Christmas treats.

Leah - posted on 11/16/2010

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My son will be 16 months old as well. He actually turns 16 months on Christmas Eve,when we do most of the gifts. I am definetly excited to see his reaction. We are headed to my hubbys parents for Christmas

Jodi - posted on 11/16/2010

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My Christmas shopping is DONE! (Not a fan of procrastination here!), my tree is up, no ornaments yet, wanted to test it out with a new cat in the house and see what kind of tree terror he is! Otherwise, my daughter will only be 22 months for Christmas, so she's getting a handful of gifts from Santa. Our favorite tradition, that I did growing up, is the Elf on the Shelf and I'm so excited! He doesn't come until the first of December, so he'll have to wait a bit yet! Otherwise, we make LOADS of cookies and bring them to people, and pick a name off of the tree at our local bank, the name is of a child whose parents can't afford gifts, they give sex,age, and a description of what they want/need. We try our best to outdo it, every kid deserves a GREAT Christmas and this year we're letting our daughter pick the name, granted it'll be the pinkest, lowest card on the tree, but that's okay! I LOVE Christmas, and have already taught my daughter about giving, santa (she says "ho ho ho!") and being nice to others.

Angela - posted on 11/16/2010

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We have a gingerbread house decorating party with all the kids in the family and each of my children invite one friend. two days before Christmas I make cookies with my kids they love to help they are ages 9,14,16. we also give each child a new tree ornament every year to place on the tree so when they are older they will get a box with every ornament they have received since birth. we make a special supper for Christmas eve like eg: potato wedges with bacon and cheese served with brechetta and a desert. the kids pick the meal. oh and Christmas afternoon we have a big turkey dinner here with all the trimming then off to visit family and friends. Our kids get to unwrap 1 small gift for Christmas eve that we have set out for them not one present goes under the tree till Christmas eve.

Alison - posted on 11/16/2010

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I love Christmas! I'm done with my shopping finally so I can concentrate on other things. I have 5 kids so lots of other things to do this time of year. We will put up our trees (we have 2) and each year the kids look forward to getting their new ornament and putting it on the tree. That's the one tradition we made our own:) I will do baking, and 2 of my daughter have bdays within 2 weeks of Christmas so this year I will have a slumber party AND family party to deal with the week before Christmas, never done both before. Should be pretty crazy, lol. This year we will go to my parents which will help take some of the pressure off:) I'm really looking forward to this year just because my 3 yr old is finally starting to understand Santa and getting presents and Christmas songs and all that. Should be really exciting for her. Can't wait to see how she is this year.

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My husband and I are from different places... he from SA and I from Canada. We've just moved to California for his work and we're finally in a place for a few years. But we also had to buy furniture, electronics and a fridge/freezer so we've made a big dent in our finances... We're just going to get one or 2 things each and get lots of little things for our son (nothing too expensive because he gets sooo bored so fast with his toys lol). We'll do the turkey dinner and stuff but no tree (waste of money for real one I think and nowhere to store fake yet).

Hopefully some of my family can come visit but we're trying to save up to help his parents come visit!

Tracy - posted on 11/15/2010

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We lkike to make plates of cookies and deliver them around the neighborhood! We actually just finished putting up most of our lights outside yesterday! We're excited! LOL

Ambyr - posted on 11/15/2010

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I love christmas. My daughter will be a yr and 9 months and my son will be 9 months so they will both be ok with opening gifts(somewhat). My boyfriend and I have bought two different gingerbread houses and had my daughter help decorate them. I am excited for the kids xmas party my moms work is having and I can not wait to take them to see santa. I am planning on starting some baking and seeing if my kids kinda enjoy helping me a bit with that.We are also planning on getting them all bundled up and taking them to the xmas lights at the zoo.

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We bake cookies, and a couple of other deserts each year. We also make most of our Christmas presents for family outside of our home. (much easier on the pocketbook) Like last year we are doing mostly funnel cake mix but a few family members want more cookie jars so we will be doing those as well. However, instead of doing sugar cookie jars this year we are doing white chocolate, macadamia nut, oatmeal cookies. Sounds a little odd to some but they are delicious! Our girls are so looking forward to Christmas this year too as we have had a skim couple of years. They girls have picked the one thing they want and we told them they may or may not get it. We even have their presents planned out already. :) We sing carols, and read lots of Christmas books too.

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We head to families for Christmas, a week before actual Christmas. My husband normally has to work Christmas Day (he is a paramedic). My side of the family is so large that doing Christmas on Christmas Day would be really hard for everyone. We live about 300 miles away from all of our family, so it is special just because we can do that. We have a 2 1/2 year old son and our daughter is just shy of 8mos.
At my Mom's we make Christmas cookies one day for the entire day...it's our cookie baking day. We do "Christmas" at my parent's house one day and the next day we do it at his Dad's house.
This year I am hoping that I can come down and stay for an entire week since my husband now has to work the week before Christmas and has off Christmas Day this year. Then on Christmas Eve we have a party on my Dad's side of the family and Christmas Day my Mom's side of the family. So with all the parties our children make out like bandits! I don't have to buy them much then for the rest of the year.

Nikkole - posted on 11/14/2010

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I do my shopping the Day after Thanksgivng! My son will be 3 December 31st and my daughter is 4months so with my son he gets xmas and birthday lol! But the saturday after thanksgiving we go cut down a tree put it up and then xmas eve we bake cookies,Make reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn for santas reindeer,then my husband dresses up as santa and walks around the house (so my son can see him before going to bed and we tell him to hurry and go to sleep) then we set out the presents wake up early and open them then cook dinner and lay around the rest of the day :)

Iysha - posted on 11/14/2010

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It will be our first christmas away from our families this year...which i am kind of thankful for...odd, I know. Last year was our daughter's 1st xmas and a big ol' fight broke out because our families live 3 hours apart and they both wanted to call dibs on christmas eve...ugh. BUT this year we live across the U.S. so we get to be alone! lol.

We are going to go out to eat...we never go out to eat, so it will be nice to go somewhere. We plan on going to a place called "The Button Factory" which is supposed to be real good. We are going to decorate a tree and the popcorn strings sound like a fun idea...so i'm taking that from you =] I think it will be a great addition to the tree since all of our deorations are toy-like. it will be cute. I plan on getting just candy and toddler treats for the stockings. I would also like to have nothing but christmas movies/ TV shows on...all the christmas carols to be playing and just relax and drink hot chocolate and eat sugar cookies. Our daughter will be almost 17 months on xmas so, she'll have fun but not really understand the concept of santa and all that...just that she's getting presents and eating sweets =]

We have not done shopping...we are only getting our daughter presents this year since we are tight on cash...but she's going to get a few good presents and clothes and some second hand store gifts...she wont care...her favorie toy is a toy piano we got for $2 at good will. lol

Chrystal - posted on 11/14/2010

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Aww! I'm excited too! My baby girl is going to be 5 months at Christmas, and I know she's not old enough to understand it, but I know she will be loving all of the pretty colors and such! But as a family we are going to stay home this year instead of going out of town. We decided that we wanted our first christmas with our baby to be at home. We are very excited! We are going to set up the tree and decorations the day after Thanksgiving! I think that's going to be a tradition from now on. As far as other traditions, I guess we will have to wait and see until she gets older what we will do:)

Amber - posted on 11/14/2010

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I love Christmas too!! We are lucky to finally be in an area that does a Christmas walk again!! This is one of the funnest things to do!! The businesses have Christmas displays that you walk and look in their windows! They also have activities for the kids, Santa Clause and other Christmas characters, and LOTS of treats!! :)
We won't have a tree this year because of our current housing!! :( but we are planning on making a paper one with our daughter!! hehe and I get very into baking when it comes to the Christmas holidays!! breads, cakes, cookies, truffles, and other sweets!! We go caroling with a group..which I don't think we will do this year and probably not next year!...:(
But my daughter and I are flying back to Iowa this year and my fiance is driving back..to take all the goodies and because tickets are SO expensive!! haha
Our daughter will be almost 13 months on Christmas..so she will definitely be more enthused this year, and actually awake LOL!! so I am getting excited to see her facial expressions!! :D

Stifler's - posted on 11/14/2010

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My kid will be 11 months so we're still debating about whether to put up the tree. I'm pregnant so I'll definitely be just buying presents for him to open and making christmas food or we might be going away

Candy - posted on 11/14/2010

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I love Christmas. I shop all year long so I am not crunching at the last mintue. I wait until after Thanksgiving then I decorate the whole house. My kids are 5 and 6. BUT they are alot like their father and dont get as excited as I do. This year my Hubby was cleaning out a forclosed home and found a dancing Santa. You know the big ones. I cant wait to use it.It is time to make puppy chow,orange cake, and Christmas cookies. Yeah !!! Merry Christmas All !!

Kathryn - posted on 11/14/2010

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I am expecting my second child right around Christmas. We have planned that if the baby arrives around Christmas and we are still in the hospital during Christmas, we willl just have to do Christmas a couple of days after we get back home. I have been planning to get everything done within this week.

I have all the shopping done, I need to get everything wrapped, and dinnner will be catered. We decided on putting the "fake" tree up this year, due to the baby, he may have allergies.

The special thing our family is doing instead of cutting down the tree together, is going on the Santa Train at out local railroad a couple of days after Thanksgiving.

Our second son is 2 1/2 so I think year he will be a little more excited about it. We will do a couple of small presents and he is getting a 120 wooden train track set.

Jolene - posted on 11/14/2010

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Christmas shoppings done. my daughter is getting a Chicken Elmo. Were having xmas lunch (on xmas eve) at mums and travelling 5 hours after that to my partners and spending xmas there

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