Christmas time, part 2

My favorite part of the holidays is enjoying the experiences that come just once a year. Decorating gingerbread houses, going to the Christmas parade, looking at the houses and businesses all decked out in lights.

The things I remember most from when I was a kid are the things we did together as a family-riding and looking at lights, baking spritz cookies with my Mom, watching movies. I barely remember the gifts.

I spend much more time during the holidays building memories with my little family rather than focusing on the gift giving.
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We decorated a gingerbread house, or they decorated while I snapped a few pics. P.S….Daddy is no good with icing lol!
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Our local park hosts this event called the Tinsel Trail. Locals sponsor and decorate trees, and then the community votes on the best. We went to see it several times. It’s just so pretty!
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We had lots of popcorn and movie nights…one of her faves to watch this year was The Grinch.
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Christmas parade!
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Parade #1
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Parade # 2
Our hometown parade is just so fun. We look forward to this all year. Everyone gathers on the streets just before dark. The kids are so antsy with anticipation!
After the parade, the town gathered at the local park with the tinsel trail to listen to the high school marching band play Christmas carols and other songs. They served hot chocolate and everyone walked around viewing the trees. There was a gorgeous moon out and it was so cold but we enjoyed it!
We went to the North Pole on the Polar Express.

Mrs. Claus told a story of how she and Santa met Smile 
I love that skeptical look on Harper’s face! I die!
This ginormous snowman welcomed everyone to the North Pole.
My aunt came over for movie night and brought us these cute ornament kits. These Santas were so easy and fun to put together. A few may be missing eyes and noses though. Open-mouthed smile 
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And last but surely not least, I’ll leave you with this picture from the parade.

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