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December Christmas Traditions


Fun Family Christmas Holiday Traditions for December

December is the month for holiday traditions! Coolest Family on the Block has your family Christmas tradition needs covered from Christmas Pajamas, to Ugly Christmas Sweaters, to proof of Santa’s existence, and so much more!

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Book Countdown Advent
Christmas Book Countdown Advent

Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway
Christmas Morning Tradition: Gift Wrap Doorway

10 Ideas For Your Christmas Pajamas Tradition
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Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition
Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition (Coolest Family on the Block

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules
Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest Rules

Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2010
Ugly Christmas Sweater Competition Tradition (Coolest Family on the Block)

Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2011
Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition

Santa Proof

Santa Proof: Photos of Santa in your home!
Photos of Santa in your home!

Santa Proof: Santa’s Magical Sooty Bootprints
Santa Proof: Santa leave sooty boot prints

Santa Proof: Phone Calls from Santa
Santa Proof: Phone Calls from Santa

Santa Proof: Watch Santa feed his reindeer!
Watching Santa feed his reindeer

Dear Santa

Make Writing a Letter to Santa a Tradition
The tradition of Writing a Letter to Santa (Coolest Family on the Block)

How to Mail a Letter to Santa at the North Pole
How to mail a letter to Santa at the North Pole

Free Printable Santa Paper
Free Printable Santa Paper!

How to Email a Letter to Santa
Email a Letter to Santa

Fun Family Christmas Holiday Traditions for December

What are some of your family’s December traditions?
Let me know in the comments!


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April Holiday Traditions


Fun family traditions for the month of April

April is almost here and it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions!
Here are some ideas for family traditions for April holidays.

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*30+ APRIL FOOLS PRANKS TO PLAY ON YOUR KIDS
April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

If you’re not really digging the idea of pranking your kids maybe you can come together
as a family and create some silly and foolish April Fools Day fun with these…
*APRIL FOOLS DAY FAMILY TRADITIONS!
April Fools Day Family Traditions

*FREE APRIL FOOLS PRINTABLES!
Just print and prank!
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Free April Fools Day Printables

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*EASTER TRADITION: MAGIC JELLYBEAN PRAYER AND LOLLIPOP GARDEN
Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

*FREE PRINTABLE EASTER BUNNY PAW PRINT TEMPLATE
Free Printable Easter Bunny Paw Print Template

*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2011
Bunny Paw Print Trail

*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2012
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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2013
diy Easter bunny paw print trail tradition

*50+ EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS
Round up of 50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

*NATURAL DYES FOR COLORING EASTER EGGS
Natural dyes for coloring Easter eggs

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May Day Traditions

MARCH HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
March Holiday Traditions

FEBRUARY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
Holiday Traditions for February


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February Holiday Traditions


Holiday Traditions for February

Can you believe that January is more than halfway over already? February will be here soon, so it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions! Here are some ideas for family traditions for February Holidays. Okay, well, mostly for Groundhog Day. I have some kind of weird crush on Groundhog Day, I have no idea why.

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*Fun Ideas and Traditions for Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day traditions

*Groundhog Day Goodies
A round up of 50+ links to groundhog themed snacks, sweets, and treats!
Groundhog Day Goodies

*How to Make Shadow Puppets
Learn how to make shadow puppets with your hands, shadow puppets with paper (some free printables), and a diy shadow puppet theater! A round up of 30+ links!
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*The “I love you” Shadow: A Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Tradition for families
I Love You Shadow

*Valentine’s Day Link Love
Links to free printables, crafts, and more!

Valentines Day Links

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You still have another 2 years to plan your next Leap Year celebration!
Celebrating Leap Day

Which February holidays does your family celebrate? Do you have any special traditions? Let me know in the comments!


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The Noon Year’s Eve Celebration (that wasn’t)


Noon Years Eve for Kids

Below is a picture of my sister and I banging pots and pans at midnight for New Year’s when we were just 1 and 2 (I’m the super cute one on the right that appears to have no nose). No doubt this was my dad’s idea and I’m sure my mom was thrilled with the idea of having 2 toddlers up that late at night. Thrilled. 😉

1982 New Years Eve

Unlike my father and my long-suffering mother, I have absolutely no desire to have my little ones up past 8pm, let alone midnight. So, last year I set up a New Year Tree in preparation for a Noon Year’s Eve Celebration with my children and my nephew.

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BUT…I never finished the tree (nor was there any party) because I got the stomach flu. Then Adaline finished off the New Year by waking up puking in the middle of the night. All three kids continued to be some version of sick on and off for over a week. I finally gave up the idea of having a party, took pics of my kids in their tuxedo shirts and took down the tree.

I decided to share my party plans with you anyway (complete with pinnable images that don’t tell the whole story) because the concept is still good…if you’re not puking. Or maybe I’m just a poser. Either way…

Dollar Store New Year Tree

I got all of these “decorations” at the Dollar Tree half-off (December 2012). There are silver, gold, red, and green tinsel ornaments of various shapes, and while they’re kinda tacky, I really love their almost vintagey look. I also added some beaded necklaces and party blowers from the Dollar Tree. I was going to add balloons, paper clocks, and top it off with a sparkly top hat but I never got the chance before I got sick 😦

Here’s what it looks like in my mind (thank you, PicMonkey):
(…and yes, in my mind the paper clocks would’ve all been set to the same time and have an incorrect amount of dots rather than numbers. Shut up.)
The New Year Party that wasn't

To countdown to noon, I was going to write various times on the balloons and put a piece of paper in them with an activity written on it. Every hour (or half-hour) we would pop a balloon and then do an activity on that balloon.

Here are some of the things I planned on doing:
-Fill out interview sheets and/or do a video interview for a time capsule
-Make handprints to put in a time capsule
-Have a Dance Party
-Fun with Glow sticks
-Fun with Bubbles
-Fun with Silly string
-Bubble Wrap Stomp
-Balloon Drop at noon

Other fun things:
-Wear tuxedo shirts
-Drink apple juice in plastic champagne glasses

I wanted to keep the “activities” simple but fun. Also, my nephew likes to move around and I didn’t want to plan a bunch of crafts that he would quickly lose interest in. The kids were 3.5 and younger last year so simple things like bubbles and glow sticks were would’ve been a lot of fun to them.

New Years Tuxedo Shirts

I thought it would be fun to “dress up” for New Year’s Eve/Day by sporting some super classy tuxedo t-shirts. Classy, fancy, funny! 😉
Top hats, tiaras, and boas would also be fun!

Apple juice in plastic champagne glasses is a “big deal” for my kids because they almost always drink water, so juice is a treat. Although the entire idea is a tad ironic considering that we adults don’t drink alcohol at all, so we don’t even own real champagne glasses. I actually have two child sized champagne glasses that were given to me and my sister when we were flower girls in my aunt’s wedding. We were always so excited when we got to drink out of the “fancy” glasses and I look forward to when my kids are old enough to be trusted with them too.

Will there be a Noon Year’s Eve Party for 2013-2014?!
No. Luckily we’re all puke-free, but my nephew got sick again.
Maybe we’ll try tomorrow. Or next year. Or when they’re in college…

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How does your family celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? Let me know in the comments!


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50+ Ideas for Thanksgiving Kids’ Table (Links)


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During the holidays we’ve all had to sit at the kids’ table at some point in our lives. Now everyone will want to sit at the kids’ table if you use these creative ideas for making your Thanksgiving kids’ table the coolest on the block!

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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table: @ Fiskars
Silly turkey leg place card, pie treat holder, Mayflower drinking straw, decorative turkey clips, pilgrim hat crayon holder, Native American headband, and grateful tree centerpiece.
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*The Kids’ Table: Thanksgiving Placecards, Paper Bag Turkey, Thanksgiving Quiz, Bite Sized Pumpkin Pies, Faux Pumpkin Pie Place Cards, Game Time Thanksgiving Boat Races, Thanksgiving Pumpkin Roll: @ One Charming Party
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*Thanksgiving Kids Table: @ 11 Cupcakes
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*How to Create an Amazing Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Happy Home Fairy
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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Ideas: @ Craftberry Bush
Black Bristol board lines the table as a placemat or table cloth on a kiddie table that works just as a chalkboard. Wrap the utensils with a yellow and green napkin to simulate corn.
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*Eat, Drink, Be Thankful Kid’s Table: by Mirabelle Creations
@ Amy Atlas: Sweet Designs and Kara’s Party Ideas
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*Embrace the idea of a kids’ table: @ Country Living
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*Thanksgiving Place Settings: @ Fiskars
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*Giving Thanks: A Thanksgiving Kid’s Table: @ Frog Prince Paperie
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*Kids’ Thanksgiving Table: We Are So Thankful!: @ Frog Prince Paperie
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*Turkey Day Table Centerpiece: @ Parents.com
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*Happy Gobble Day: @ Anders Ruff
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*A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Denna’s Ideas
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*It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Halloween/Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Denna’s Ideas
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*Fun Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ La T Dah
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*Mayflower Celebration: Sandra Lee’s Cute and Crafty Kids’ Table for Thanksgiving:
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*Thanksgiving Kids Table: @ Alesya Bags
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*Set a Special Place for Kids: Ritzy Bee @ Southern Living
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*Set a Great Kids’ Table for Thanksgiving: @ Pottery Barn Kids
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*Mini Thanksgiving Feast: @ Small Fry Blog
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*Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Party Bluprints
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Giggles Galore
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table: @ Saratoga Mama
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*The Best Thanksgiving Yet: @ Rococo Report
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*Kids’ Thanksgiving Table: by Parties for Pennies
@ Creative Home
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*Whoot of Thanks Playdate: @ The Savvy Mom’s Guide
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*Thanksgiving Child Setting: @ Momtastic
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*Color Full Kids Thanksgiving Table: @ Kara’s Creative Place
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*Free Printable Paper Pilgrim Hat and Bonnet: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Free Thanksgiving Kids Table Printables: @ Shindig Parties to Go
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table and Free Printable: @ Sweet Metel Moments
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*Kids’ Table Printables: @ Alpha Mom
Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece, Thanksgiving Napkin Rings, Thanksgiving Crayon Holder, Thanksgiving Coloring Page
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*Thanksgiving Kid’s Table Setting: @ Lily’s Laundry Blog
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*Printable Turkey Trivia Cards: by Skip to my Lou @ Alpha Mom
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*Free Printable Thanksgiving Placemat: @ Whatever Dee Dee Wants
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*Free Thanksgiving Fall Printable Kit: @ Paper Glitter
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*Free Printable Thanksgiving Play Set: @ Chickabug
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*Free Printable Kid’s Thanksgiving Placemats: @ Darling Doodles Design
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*Thanksgiving Table for Kids: Free Printables: @ Design Dazzle
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*Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Tips: @ How Does She
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*Mayflower Crayon Holder: @ It’s Overflowing
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*Mayflower Treat Holder!: @ My Cotton Creations
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*(Pottery Barn Inspired) DIY Thanksgiving Treat Holders: @ Sheek Shindigs
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*Kids’ Table Centerpiece: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*DIY Paper Mayflower Centerpiece: @ Martha Stewart
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*Mayflower Place Setting: @ Whatever Dee Dee Wants
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*DIY Mayflower Tutorial (Pottery Barn Inspired): @ The Pink Peony of Le Jardin
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*DIY Mayflower: @ Making Life Whimsical

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*DIY Thanksgiving Tallship: @ Let’s Go Fly a Kite…
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*Turkey Handprint Tablecloth: @ How Does She
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*Thanksgiving Party: @ Happy Hawkins
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*Pilgrim Straw Toppers: @ Daily Party Dish
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*Turkey Pencil Holder (Tutorial): @ Pottery Barn Kids
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*Pom Pom Tom Turkey Decoration: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Thanksgiving Entertainment for Kids: @ The Idea Room
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*Thanksgiving Kids’ Table Activities: @ The Mother Huddle
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*Moccasin and Pilgrim Treat and Placecard Holder: @ Can’t Stop Making Things
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*Turkey Table Topper and Turkey Nut Holder: @ Spoonful.com
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*Thanksgiving Chalk Cloth Placemats: @ Flamingo Toes
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*Toddler to Teen Thanksgiving Table: @ The Celebration Shoppe
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*Turkey Chair Covers: @ Wild Olive
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*Turkey Chair Covers Tutorial: @ Spoonful
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*Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Ideas: @ Spoonful
Turkey Napkin Holders, Pilgrim Napkin Rings, Photo Napkin Rings, Fall Tableware Napkin Rings, Wrapped Rings, Button Indian Corn Napkin Rings, Funny Fall Napkin Rings, Turkey Napkin Rings and Holders, Indian Corn Napkin Rings
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*Thanksgiving Table for Kids: @ MarthaStewart.com
Thanksgiving Place Mats, Paper Pilgrims Thanksgiving Table, Gourd Gobblers, Cornhusk Dolls, Mayflower Centerpiece, Headdress Napkin Wrap, Paper Boat Place Cards, Finger Puppet Favors, Turkey Trivia
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What’s your favorite memory of sitting at the kids’ table?
Do you have ideas for making the kids’ table more fun?
Please share in the comments!

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