Friday, November 25, 2011

It's Christmas Season!

Each Thanksgiving, after Nick and I have returned to our house, bellies full of delicious meals, we turn on a couple of old classics to transition us from Thanksgiving to Christmas: The Berenstain Bears Meet Big Paw and The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree. Clearly we watch Big Paw first (it is Thanksgiving-themed). After years of fiddling around with an old VCR, last year I was lucky enough to find the combo pack at a reasonable price and I snatched it up! If you aren't fortunate enough to have a tape from the 80s with the movies taped off of the TV, fear not, they are available on the interwebs.

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They are both pretty short but are hilarious and the songs are great.  If you've never seen them, I highly recommend.  They're not just for kids!  Although I've been enjoying autographed copies of the Berenstain Bear books since I was a kid since my dad taught Stan and Jan's kids.  The humans, not the bears.

Black Friday is important in our house, not because of the sales, but because it marks the first official day that we are allowed to listen to Christmas music.  We make sure to load up the iPod with a hefty playlist for when we're driving around doing some calm and casual shopping.  One of our favorite Christmas classics is the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.  It's so good!

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We also have lunch at Chick Fil A and share a black and white milkshake.  It's a great tradition.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is reserved for putting up our Christmas tree.  Nick sets up the tree (we have an artificial one since we have a cat) and puts all of the lights on, and then we put the ornaments on together. While Nick is battling with the lights, I bake some cookies and start stringing the popcorn.

We're pretty big into Christmas around here, so I'll be posting about all things Christmas for the next month: homemade decorations, traditions, recipes, and activities.  Happy Christmas Season!


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