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Ho Ho The Great Big Ho....

Over the years here at the Smith house, we have developed traditions that help us celebrate the joys of the Christmas season...

Singing Christmas carols is my daughter's favorite holiday tradition...Right now she wows us with her rendition of the commercial..."Ho, Ho, the Great Big Ho"....(yep, we know it's really "O, O, the Great Big O", which btw is seriously just as hilarious to me...)  She loves to belt this out in public...all...the...time....

We also play "Twas the Night Before Christmas"  (which is really just Monopoly dressed up for the holidays...)  Of course, being the generous mother that I am, I make sure I win every time by gobbling up every property I can and charging exorbitant rent prices as soon as possible.  This tradition usually ends with Irish Dancer Girl storming off to her room because she has been rendered financially destitute and Teen Caveboy shaking his head in disappointment at me for my greed.  

We also love making gingerbread!  Gingerbread houses, gingerbread people...if we can gingerbread it, we will!  Last year, our gingerbread house was surrounded by zombies that were taken down by a group of angry princesses.  This year we made a giant gingerbread girl.  Allow me to introduce Ginger....

So I'm just going to go ahead and say what you're thinking anyway....what's with the candy cane boobs?  Yeah, I know...really not appropriate for a child's gingerbread creation...My intention was to add a bit of holiday style to Ginger's dress.  Originally, there was one candy cane heart...when I returned from the kitchen, I discovered a "matching" one had been added by my sweet daughter.  (I won't even tell you what happened when I found gumdrops had been strategically placed in the center of the hearts...what is wrong with my family????)  Anyway, I'm loving this idea for my next gingerbread creation....

Another fun holiday tradition is playing the Christmas Tree game over at

The goal is to light up the tree and ornaments by connecting all of the lines.  This game will suck you in for HOURS.  I have been known to disappear for days in Santa's Village completely mesmerized by this horrible and life-force sucking enjoyable holiday game.  (If you decide to wander on over to check it out...pack a lunch and a sleeping bag...)  You can also track Santa's trip around the world starting on Christmas Eve over there too.

We also do daily letters to Santa, Auntie Claus, Holly Claus and Mrs. Claus.

We've made cookie dough ornaments (my "Saw" movie inspired ornament for Teen Caveboy was brilliant, I must say...), made sugar cookies (YuMmY) and read tons of Christmas stories.  We have gotten our Christmas on around here, yo!

One of my new favorite traditions, is sipping my hot mexi-cocoa (hot chocolate with cinnamon) and reading this book...

This book will make you giggle long after you've finished reading it.  It's brilliant!  The recounting of his days as a holiday elf is hilarious!  Definitely a tradition that will continue around here.

We are always looking for new traditions to add around here....what are some of yours?

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!


Kristina P. said…
You have such fin traditions! I saw those ninja cookie cutters on another site. I must have them.

Merry Christmas!
Tom said…
I have a 1,000 piece Christmas puzzle I've done evey year since I was a teenager and I do it with my family now. Your traditions look fun (even the obscene ginger bread women.) I hope you enjoy quality time with your family. Merry Christmas.
I love your sexy gingerbread lady! Awesome! Your traditions sound FUN.
Jenners said…
We make, ice and then eat 2 dozen sugar cookies in the space of an hour. YUM!

Loving the ninja bread men ... too cute. And the idea of zombie gingerbread men is hilarious.

And I love Sedaris's story about when he worked as an elf. So friggin' hilarious!
Queenie Jeannie said…
Thanks for the giggles and good ideas!

Merry Christmas!!!
LT said…
We are noradsanta addicts right now, I can hardly wait to watch Santa tomorrow. I love Ginger's matching um...hearts, you guys crack me up.
Merry Christmas to you and your family sweet girl, I hope it is a blessed one!!
Alexis AKA MOM said…
Hey sweetie I've been thinking of you. Hope the prayers are helping!

hehe I can't stop laughing at where the gumdrops once were :).

The Ninja's rock! The boys would love that!!!

Ok have to check out that book.

Much love my darling! You are an angel to me also!!!
Have a very Merry Christmas!!
Randi Troxell said…
i hope you have a wonderful and merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!
Annie said…
Ninja Bread! AWESOME! LOL!

Merry Christmas to you, Chilly, and the gang!
The Mrs. said…
Ninja bread!! LOL!!! Merry Christmas!!! Thinking of you!!! xoxox
Torie Jayne said…
What a lovely Christmas,
Wishing you and your family all the best, Merry Christmas, Torie Jayne x
Dapoppins said…
Isn't gingerbread hard to make? I would think gingerbread with boobs would be way harder!
Megan said…
Your family traditions are hilarious. And amazing. And I'm totally bummed I missed the zombie gingerbread year.

Though I am quite excited about the ninjas.

Randi Troxell said…
love it all!!!

happy new year!!!!!!
PAM said…
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

~ Happy New Year ~
Unknown Mami said…
I'll have to check out the D. Sedaris book. He always makes me laugh.

Happy New Year!

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