Kids and Christmas Link Party!

Yay! It’s finally here!!!

Today I’m wrapping up our Home for the Holidays Series as the host for

Kids and Christmas!

I’m especially excited because today is all about family.

It’s not about staging. It’s not about flawless photos.

It’s ALL about moments. Being together and celebrating the Joy of Christmas ~ together.

I honestly cannot say enough good things about these gals!  They were all SO amazing

to work with behind the scenes and I am thankful for each of them!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out their blogs, go take a look!!! :-D


So, when I think about Christmas, it’s practically synonymous with kids, but

that’s probably because I have a few of them myself, not to mention “extended” children.

In any case, everyone has been a kid, so I say this party’s for everyone! Ha!  ;-)

I love how traditions can give kids (and adults) something very specific and memorable to look forward each year. Many of these traditions are as small as who places the star on the tree to annual family vacations.

When I was a kid, my mom always decorated our Christmas tree with tinsel – like TONS of it! Good Lord that stuff is messy, but that thing was sparkling! Lol!!! The super fun part for us kids was that amidst all of the tinsel and ornaments, my mom would hide this little silver tinsel spider, about the size of gold ball. Whoever found the tinsel spider got the pure satisfaction of just finding the darn thing in all that tinsel! I don’t remember who found it each year, but boy do I remember looking every year together with my brother and sister. :-)

So, let me introduce you to this guy:

He’s my first kid ever ~ officially 10 years old now!

We have this cute little ornament of our Riley dog.

Cute, huh?!

I thought it would be fun to pass on the tradition of the “Tinsel Spider”

by instead hiding our Riley Ratowski ornament. I sat the kids on the couch to explain…

….they were pretty excited….

They looked…….

……and looked…..

….and finally we had a happy winner!

They had so much fun with this; I’m definitely looking forward to this little tradition every year.

A few other things we’ve done over the weeks:

Getting the tree!

Visiting Santa

(who happened to be played by their Grandpa at Great-Grandma’s Senior Care home)

We’re singing a lot of Christmas songs {mostly acapella in the car} ;-)

We’ve beautified gingerbread houses….

….even the foam sticker kind!

I’m hoping we’ll get a chance to go see the lights at Warm Beach Camp here in the next week!

So what about you??? What are your traditions?

Do you surprise your kids in a new special way each Christmas morning?

Do you attend local festivities together, have baking parties, or cut out paper snowflakes?

What are some of your best memories of Christmas when you were a kid?

*Just for extra: My biggest memory as a kid was during our Christmas Eve gatherings. After dinner everyone would gather in the room with the tree and someone would read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible. Then “Santa’s helpers” {us kids} would pass out all of the gifts. Everyone would choose one gift that they wanted to open first, and then we went around from oldest to youngest one at a time opening our chosen gift. Then it was a free for all! One thing we always received was a new pair of Christmas jammies to wear the night before Christmas. Those are some good memories! ;-)

Now it’s your turn to link up below!

Anything to do with Kids and Christmas from projects, Santa photos, baby’s first Christmas, fun traditions, you name it!

I’m keeping this open until after Christmas if there happens to be any fun Christmas day posts you would like to share. ;-)




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  1. Anneke, your kids are so adorable! I love that we can cherish these moments with them. I also want to thank you for including me in this Link Party. I’m such a newcomer and it was a great experience. Merry Christmas!!! I pray for many blessings for you and your family in the New Year! xo Kristin

  2. Anneke, lovely photos of your children and I loved hearing about all your traditions. Growing up we aslo had a tinsel loaded tree! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity for taking part in the link party! I had so much fun. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and New Year! Danielle x

  3. Adorable & beautiful children Anneke. They are what Christmas is all about! Enjoy the time when they are little, they grow up way too fast!

  4. Thanks so much for hosting this party! I think it’s a fabulous theme!!! Merry Christmas to you and your sweeties! XO, Aimee

  5. Such a neat story Anneke and of course, your family and kids are beautiful inside and out! LOVE IT! Hope you’re enjoying your time with your family in this season and you guys are all geared up and ready for the holidays! Hugs to you…! -Kennesha

  6. I loved hearing about that fun ornament hunt and seeing pics of your beautiful family! The one of the kids all psyched up and ready to search made me smile IRL.

    I’m SO behind and missed ALL the great link parties this year, but I did link up a post from last year with a sweet little pic of my guy and his take on Christmas as 1 1/2 year old. (It already makes me nostalgic!)

    We started a new tradition this year: the Jesse tree. It’s new to me – a friend introduced it. It’s basically an advent tradition where you walk through a bunch of stories in the bible and talk about how they all lead to Christmas. It comes with ornaments which I’m sure you’re supposed to use in some craft way but we just printed out and let Weston tape them on a butcher-paper Christmas tree. The stories are a little over his head still, but he’s picking up bits and pieces and it’s been very fun so far.

    This is the longest comment I’ve left on any blog in a long time. :) Sorry! Haha. Merry Christmas!

  7. How sweet! We’ve never done tinsel on our tree, but maybe we’ll have to try it next year :) Your kids are darling!!

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