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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Year of Memories with Wayward Girls’ Crafts

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Day 9: Wayward Girls’ Crafts
“Year of Memories”
We are so excited to have the sisters from Wayward Girls’ Crafts here today. We have been blogging friends for a while now- something about the fact that we are sister bloggers brings us together. :) Take it away, Wayward Sisters!

Hi! I’m Jordan. I’m the oldest of four sisters, and along with our mom, we blog at Wayward Girls’ Crafts. We all love a little bit of everything, and we do all kinds of crafts on our blog. Personally, I enjoy crafting, knitting, writing (hey, it’s a craft—and my first novel is being published in 2013!), and having sewn. (The process itself, not so much.) As if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I spend most of my time doing the wife-and-mother-of-three gig.

Our mom is all about family traditions, so we have quite a few, especially around Christmastime. One of our most unique family traditions began a little more recently.  (We love to share this tradition: Jasmine blogged about it on WGC and I mentioned it in a guest post on holding onto the magic at The Power of Moms.)

Wait for it. . . .

Wait for it. . . . . . . . . . . . .

 BAM.

What? You’re not impressed? Oh yeah—it’s what’s inside that counts (and it’s not candy).

A few years ago, my mother took this empty Werther’s tin and collected the  little scraps of paper that marked how we spent our year together.  On New Year’s Day, before the movie and cousins’ game night at Grandma’s (other traditions), the  family gathers in our living room, and we pass the tin around. We each draw  out a scrap of paper: a receipt. A program. A ticket stub. A  napkin.

Sometimes there’s a handwritten note: “eating out to celebrate  Dad’s raise.” “Jordan and the kids were here.” “It was terrible!” Other  times, the meaning and the memories are obvious. We share what we found and we remember the good times—and sometimes the bad—we shared throughout the year, and we go around the circle until the tin is empty.

Here are a few things from this year, including a birthday dinner for Brooke and her husband (her birthday is the day after his). There’s a ticket stub for Harry Potter. I’m sure we’ll reminisce how my son was thrilled at riding on the  waves at the prow of the boat on our dolphin tour—especially when a huge wave soaked the whole ship.

Deeper in the tin, maybe we’ll find a receipt for a week’s worth of  groceries from a Food Lion (that’s a grocery store) at the beach and remember what we each made  for dinners at the beach house. They might even have a receipt from the so-so Calabash style seafood  restaurant, or a goat with a wedding veil or top hat, the topper to my  parents’ surprise 30th anniversary party cake (another fun story).

After the tin is empty, we turn to the envelope at the very bottom labeled 2011. Inside are cards we made out a year ago with predictions for what would come in 2011 for each member of the family. (Well, except for me, because after writing them down and losing them twice, I gave up on getting them back to my mom.) We read off our predictions—this year will include last New Year’s guesses on when Brooke’s baby would be born, weight, gender, name, etc.—and write out new ones, like “PB will learn to walk at the age of X months” or “Jasmine will get married.” (We predict this every year. She hates it, but one of these times, we’re totally going to nail it.)

Even though half of us girls probably won’t be there for this ceremony, we’ll be there in spirit (or on Skype)  as they reminisce about the fun times we’ve spent together as a family.

We have lots of other Christmas traditions, like a felt advent calendar:

decorating cookies (Harry Potter themed ones shown here):

But the best part of any of these crafts—and all our other Christmas traditions—is doing them together.

Ironically, I’m not in this picture, but we can pretend Jasmine’s friend is me.

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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Countdown to Christmas with Book Advent

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{For the next 12 days, we will be sharing with you some fun Christmas Traditions, both from our family and from some of our blogging friends’ families. We have rounded up some incredible ideas and are so excited to share them with you!}
Day 1: Camille
“Christmas Book Advent”
Hi! I am Camille, the oldest of the 6 sisters. We thought that this would be a great way for you to get to know all of us a little bit better . . .
I am married to the love of my life, Jared,  and have two kids- Brynlee (age 4) and Mason (age 2). Jared recently graduated from Physical Therapy school and we purchased our first home about a year ago. I quit my job when Brynlee was born and have since been at home with our kids, which is an adventure! I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, and although I am currently not using my degree in the teaching field, I feel like I use it everyday while raising my kids.
Now that our kids are getting a little but older, we have been trying to think of fun traditions that we can start with our family. One of the traditions we have chosen to do this year is a
Christmas Book Advent.
I have always loved advent calendars- growing up we always had one of those advent calendars with the nasty fake chocolates in them . . . and I LOVED it! It gave me something to look forward to each day and made Christmas come just a little bit quicker.
For my Book Advent, I headed to a local thrift store and dug through all their books- books can be so expensive and I didn’t feel as guilty if I only paid 50 cents per book. I found lots of fun Christmas books (even ones that I had growing up!) and came home and wrapped them. I wrapped 23 books total and starting on December 1st, we will unwrap one book each night and read it together as a family, sitting around our Christmas tree. On December 24th, we are planning on reading the Christmas story from the Bible as our story for that night.
As I have been looking around the blog world, I have found lots of fun ideas to do with Christmas Book Advents, including fun activities that coincide with the book that you read each day. Feel free to check some of these ideas out:
I also loved this idea of making your Book advent part of your decor! Just line them up on your fireplace mantle!
Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!
-Camille

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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Caramel Popcorn with Southern Lovely

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We are so happy to introduce you to our friend Lindsay over at Southern Lovely! This girl is incredibly talented and we are addicted to everything she shares on her blog. Today she is sharing one of her family’s traditions . . . take it away, Lindsay!
Day 4: Lindsay @ Southern Lovely
“Caramel Popcorn”
Hey!  I am so happy to be here on the fabulous Six Sisters blog!  My name is Lindsay, & I blog over at Southern Lovely.   I am a busy mom of three, who enjoys creating beautiful items for much less.

One of my favorite holiday traditions to do with my children, is make fun, festive treats.  Either for passing them out to neighbors & teachers, or consuming some for ourselves. :)   Since my girls have gotten older, this activity has become much easier.  I remember a few years ago, this was a lot more messy, but still just as memorable.  I love creating these memories with my children, and hope to continue this tradition for years to come.

Today I am going to share a family favorite, Caramel Popcorn.
My sister-in-law passed this recipe along to me several years ago, and we have loved it ever since.
With aprons on & hands cleaned, my little helpers were ready to get started
Ingredients needed:
Brown Sugar
Marshmallows
Popcorn
Butter

Start by popping one bag of popcorn, then set aside


In a bowl combine–
1/2 cup cup brown sugar, 1 cup of marshmallows & 1 stick of butter


Microwave on high for 2 minutes.  Stir together, then cook an additional minute.


Stir together again until smooth


Pour popcorn over melted mixture


Continue to stir until all the popcorn is covered


Form into small balls.
This recipe should make 4-5 large popcorn balls.


Wrap in a cellophane bag, add a ribbon, and you have a really tasty & adorable holiday treat!

Caramel Popcorn:
1 stick butter
1 cup Marshmallows
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Combine butter, marshmallows & brown sugar.
Cook in microwave for 2 minutes, until marshmallows are melted. Stir well.
Cook 1 more minute.
Cover 1 bag of microwave popcorn.

 

Thanks for having me here today!  Feel free to stop by my place & say hi!
I hope you all make wonderful memories with your families this holiday season!
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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Anonymous Ring and Run & Dinner

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Day 5: Stephanie
 
“Anonymous Ring & Run Dinner”
Hey- I’m Stephanie (a.k.a. Sister #4- I am the one on the left and yes, I am the only red head in the family!). I am currently a junior in college, majoring in Speech Communications. I will be graduating in about a year and I am planning on getting my Master’s degree after that. I currently work for a cute company called Cox’s Honeyland and basically I make honey! It’s a fun job and hey- it pays the bills!
One of my favorite family traditions is something that we have been doing for as long as I can remember. We call it the “Anonymous Dinner”.
Every year we choose one family in our area who has had a tough year or who could use a little bit of help. Sometimes it would be kids that we saw at school, people from our church, or people my parents heard about through their jobs. We never had a lot of extra money growing up, but what we did have, we tried to share. We would go to the grocery store and purchase everything that was needed for a big Christmas dinner- a turkey or ham, potatoes, green beans, gravy, stuffing, pumpkin pie, etc. We would also purchase just some canned food and other food staples and throw them all in a big box. If we knew more about what the family needed specifically, we would sometimes throw in those items also.
On Christmas Eve night, around 8 or 9 pm, we would pause our Christmas Eve party and load up into the family van (love that van). We would drive to the family’s house that was chosen that year and scope out the area so we could plan our getaway. We then chose two people to carry the heavy box to the door. Once they set the box on the porch, they do the classic “Ring and Run”- ring the doorbell and run as fast as their legs will carry them!
When we were little, it was usually our mom and dad that would do the ringing and running, but as we girls got older (and faster than our parents!), we got to take turns. The getaway car was usually parked around the corner and sometimes it was a far way to run! I don’t think that we have ever been caught, but we have definitely had some close calls!!
Once the runners were safely back in the car, we would usually drive around the block for a couple of minutes and then drive past the house again to make sure the family got their box. Our adrenaline is always pumping by this point . . . there is something so exciting about being secretive!
Our other family traditions are fun, but I think that this is the one we look forward to the most. It is pretty neat to share what you have with others (even if you don’t have much)- which is what Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas!
Stephanie

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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Cookies for Santa with Inside BruCrew Life

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Day 11: Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life
“Reindeer Bites Cookies”
We are so incredibly excited to have the talented Jocelyn from Inside BruCrew Life here with us today! If you have not checked out her blog, YOU HAVE TO DO THAT NOW! This gal is so incredibly talented in the kitchen . . . she will have you drooling in no time. Warning- don’t look at her blog on an empty stomach! :) Without further ado, here’s Jocelyn!!

Hi, my name is Jocelyn  and I blog about
my crazy sugar addiction at Inside BruCrew Life.
I am a  SAHM to three not so little kids.
My husband has a full time job and also works part time as a
worship pastor for our church.  This time of year we are
always busy with school programs, choir practices and programs,
sports, shopping, enjoying family, and of course baking more
cookies than we will ever eat:-)
One of our family traditions is to spend an entire day
baking together.  The kids each get to pick one kind from our list
and they get to help from start to finish on that cookie.
As they get older they are able to do most of the work by themselves.
Their favorite part is always licking the bowl
and eating the “broken” ones.
On Christmas Eve we put together a plate of cookies…always
on the same snowman plate.  (every year my husband tries to
convince our kids that “Santa” would like White Castle and
grape soda instead of cookies and milk, but they never go for it:-)
Here is the letter that we leave for Santa each year:
“Dear Santa,
Here are some cookies and milk, so that you can
celebrate Jesus’ birthday with us.”
                                Love, the Brubakers
 
Here is one of our favorite cookie recipes.
I hope you and “Santa” will enjoy them.
Reindeer Bites Cookies
1/2 c. butter flavored shortening
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 c. caramel bites
1 c. coconut
1 c. chocolate chunks
1/4 c. graham cracker chunks

Preheat oven to 375* Beat shortening, butter, and sugars until fluffy. Beat in baking soda, salt, coconut extract and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each. Slowly add flour and graham cracker crumbs. Stir in caramel bites, coconut, choc chunks, and graham pieces. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto a cookie sheet. Bake 10-13 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a few minutes after removing from oven. The caramel on the bottom needs time to set up before you can remove them. Store in an airtight container.

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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: Candy Sled Races

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Day 8: Kristen“Candy Sled Races”
Hi there! My name is Kristen Hills and I am the second sister in this group of girls. My husband is currently in his second year of Medical School at ATSU. We live in the tiny town of Kirskville, Missouri and we Love it here! We have two little girls: Addison who is 4 and Ensley who is 20 months. ATSU is awesome because during your 3rd and 4th years of medical school you get to move. So we are headed to the beautiful Logan, UT in the June! YEAH!
We are staying here in Missouri for Christmas so I have started to find fun traditions that we could do as our own little family. One we did growing up was Candy Sled Racing. This was my favorite activity to do during the annual Christmas party. It can be done in a big group or a little group. So to kick-off the Christmas season, we decided to make them and a race them for Family Night.
Here are the things you need:
1. A candy bar that is pretty flat on the bottom for each sled- get a different kind of candy bar for each sled and then let each team choose which candy bar they will use.
2. A roll of tape for each sled. I used scotch tape, but if you are doing this with a big group there is cheap tape at the dollar store.
3. 2 candy canes per sled.
4. Any other candy you think would be fun to add to your sled. I used a chocolate Santa so we could have a rider on the sled. I also used mint discs, small snickers bars, and candy corns. Many years we also used popsicle sticks for the bottom of the sled make it faster.
5. Make sure whatever you do decide to use that you have the same for each sled/team (except the large main candy bar) so that there will be no complaints or fights. :)
I put all the items for the sleds in a brown paper bag. Then we split into teams. Ammon and Addy on one team and Ensley and myself on the other. Once we took our bag with the sled materials, the clock started and we had 10 minutes to complete our sleds.
(When we would play this at large family parties we would split up into families).
Here are the completed sleds:
You can use whatever you want for the track. We used a big cardboard TV box as a ramp and raced them down it (sometimes my family would use a long piece of wood) . When playing with a bigger group we would have heats and have 2 sleds go at a time. Then once a sled would lose it would be out and the winner would move on to the winner’s bracket. This was always my husband’s favorite game.
You can have prizes for the best sled, the fastest sled, and for the slowest sled. Make it fun and be creative!
Merry Christmas!
-Kristen

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12 Days of Christmas Traditions: German Pickle with A Mommy’s Life

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Day 12: Whitney from A Mommy’s Life
We are so excited to introduce you to our friend Whitney! We have known Whitney for a while now and consider her such a good friend . . . and she has such a fun tradition to share with you today! Here’s Whitney . . .
The German Pickle Tradition
Hi, I am Whitney and the momma behind the blog
A Mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW
I feel so honored and am so excited to be guest posting on Six Sister Stuff today
I LOVE These girls seriously they are the sweetest
I am a mommy to this crazy little 19 month old adorable little man, Maddux

and a wife to the love of my life, Ty

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah
I change my hair probably more than anyone you know
and get asked if I do hair all the time
(I guess just cuz it is always different…maybe I should)
I have my bachelors in Physical Education and Health Education
and will one day be out there teaching your teenagers
For now I love to keep myself busy with PROJECTS of all sorts
while the hubby is at law school and the babe in napping
including redoing furniture, crafting, cooking, sewing and decorating
Can I just say being a Say At Home Mom is the best job in the whole world!

My mom’s family, Bargar, is from German ancestry
and this fun tradition that I am sharing today goes back to her roots in Germany
It is the Tradition of the German Pickle

Let me give you a little background about it first:
John Lower, a German man, was born in Bavaria in 1842.
He left Germany with his family and     emigrated to the United States
While fighting in the American Civil War,
John Lower     was captured and sent to a prison in Andersonville, Georgia
He soon fell to poor     health given the poor conditions of the prison
Starving, he begged of a guard for     just one pickle before resigning to his death
The guard, taking pity on him, found     and gave John Lower a pickle
Lower family lore yields John’s testimony that the     pickle, by the grace of God,
gave him the mental and physical strength to live on
After being reunited with his family he began the tradition of hiding a pickle on the     Christmas tree
Hence, the first person who found the pickle on Christmas morning     would be blessed with a year of good fortune… and a special gift, just as John Lower had     experienced!

According to German tradition, 
the  pickle brings good luck and was the last ornament placed on the  Christmas tree
On Christmas morning the first child to find the pickle  was rewarded 
with an extra little gift left by St. Nicholas.
This German tradition encouraged the  children to appreciate

all the ornaments on the Christmas tree, 
rather  than hurrying to see what St. Nick had left for them
So For Our Family the tradition goes a little like this:
The pickle is placed on the tree just like any other ornament
on the same day, normally Dec1st, that we decorate the tree
Then on Christmas Eve, after we all went to bed
Mom and Dad hide the pickle ornament deep within the trees branches

 

Then on Christmas Morning
The kids get to try to find the pickle ornament
in the tree when mom and dad say go
It is like a little hunt and a race to see who finds the pickle first
It is not as easy as it sounds
since the pickle and the tree are both green it actually takes a while
and we get kinda vicious and competitive about it especially when we got older

 

The child who finds the Pickle first and gets it out of the tree
wins an extra present and in our family that is a nutcracker
My mom has a whole collection of nut crackers
and each year my mom gets new one
for the winner who gets to keep it and take it with them in adulthood
The nutcrackers in the picture above are mine
They are the ones I had won and now use as Christmas Decor
Back in the day we used to just use a real dried out pickle to hide
but then we were able to find the glass ornament and have used that ever since
My cute friend Ashley knew about this tradition that we did
and thought it was so funny
anyway when Ty and I got married for our wedding present 
she gave us a pickle ornament of our own
so that we could continue on the tradition in our own little family
Thank you Ashley It really did mean a lot even though it is kinda funny
We are really excited to start this tradition with our little man

Thank you girlies for letting me share one of my families traditions with you today
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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