When I was a kid my grandparents would take my sister and I around the neighborhoods and we’d look at all the Christmas lights while staying comfy, cozy in the car. I loved that tradition and CSP & I have continued it. The other night we took Zoe to Starbucks, bought hot chocolate, and then toured around looking at all the lights. Zoe loved it! She was fascinated by the lights! There are so many houses that really do it up! Next year I’ll take my big camera and get some really good pics. These just don’t do these displays justice.
The Charlotte Observer had an article in the paper on December 12th that listed all of the best displays by county so I made my list based off that. We were so impressed, especially by displays synced up with music on the radio! www.lakeparklights.com is a very impressive display. We finished our night at our favorite display: http://www.goholidaylights.com Talk about bright! And we were parked at the top of the hill! Something else that impressed us is that most of the displays collect donations for various charities! Hopefully next year we’ll have our kidlet to take with us!
We have a relatively new tradition in our family. The grown ups don’t buy gifts for each other, we just buy for the kids. But Gigi still wanted the grown ups to be able to unwrap some presents so she decided we’d start playing Dirty Santa. She collects all the gifts for us and draws up the numbered slips. Here are her rules (they vary slightly from traditional Dirty Santa/White Elephant rules).
Everyone who plays draws a number. If there are 10 people you have numbers 1-10 on slips.
Player 1 chooses a gift.
Player 2 can choose to steal Player 1’s gift or choose a gift from the pile.
Player 3 can choose to steal Player 1 or Player 2’s gift or choose a gift from the pile (and so on down the line).
If you draw a present that has a name on it you have to give that gift to the named person and choose another gift.
If you draw a child’s gift you have to gift that gift to a child then draw another gift.
There are 2 rounds.
If you drew #1 you get to choose 3 times.
If there are leftover presents in the dining room that Gigi didn’t see during the Dirty Santa game then there will be a competitive round of Dominos or Cranium, etc to determine the winner of the leftover gift.
Once the game is over you may trade your present with other players if they are willing to trade.
Everyone goes home with fun stocking stuffer type presents!
It’s that time of year again! If you want to exchange Christmas cards with me please email your address to me at heyshanny at gmail dot com. You will receive an adorable Christmas card and maybe even a picture of the pugs & humans who live at this address. 🙂
While I am anti Christmas songs pre-Thanksgiving, it is Christmas card list making time again! Now, I can’t promise that I’ll actually be able to find my Christmas cards in the sea of boxes in the garage, take a cute Christmas themed pic of the pugs &/or us, and get my long list of Christmas cards filled out and mailed in time for them to arrive before 2011. But I sure will try. If you’d like to be on the receiving end of some of my paper based holiday cheer then be sure to email me with your address if I don’t have it. hey shanny at gmail dot com. No spaces. If you aren’t sure if I have your current address then go ahead for safety’s sake and send it to me. If I have not sent you my new address and you’d like it, please let me know. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week already! Then Christmas season will be here! Help me prepare! Don’t dilly or dally!
Santa (or my MIL) left the cutest little notepad in my stocking this year. It’s the perfect size for my purse. And since I love to tweet, it’s perfect!