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3 Holiday Traditions we are starting this Year

November 27, 2017

The holidays are here! I don’t know about you but I was ready this year…more ready than ever before to start the holidays. I guess because the holidays bring good joy and good cheer. This year I decided to start some new things around our household. New traditions that I hope my kids will cherish as they get older. It’s not huge traditions but it’s something new for us as we are on a journey as just us 3. Here are our new traditions…..

Matching Sleeping Clothes

The trend this year seems to be Matching sleeping clothes and I for one am down for it. My kids and I decided to try that tradition out this year with our sleeping clothes from Hanna Anderson.

Of course, if you can find some at a lot of various places.

Lazy One Inc has some cute ones! I especially love the Flapjack ones

PajamaGram is another cool place they have a snoopy one also

and of course, Target has them also

My advice when picking out sleeping clothes is to let the kids pick this one. Let them feel they have a choice in the matter and go with it. This is something fun and no matter the age I think all will enjoy this tradition. My son picked snoopy because it represented his dad. We will wear matching sleeping clothes on Thanksgiving eve and Christmas Eve.

Let the kids make breakfast

Now before you panic, you must supervise them lol but I think it’s okay to let them make breakfast if they are old enough if they aren’t let them help out. My kids will be in charge of breakfast on Thanksgiving morning and Christmas morning and I will allow them to mess up my kitchen twice a year. My kids did well this year they made an overnight french toast bake. I gave them the directions and let them handle it! They both had to learn how to work together (which hardly ever happens) and if they didn’t work together they would be banned from electronics. This helps them get along for at least a few minutes. It also builds teamwork for skills that they will need later on. I told them to work together.  I told my son to take the first 4 ingredients and measure them while my daughter took the last 4 ingredients and measured them. They each had to take turns mixing and prepping. I am proud to say that I am still alive after eating the breakfast. (it was actually pretty good)

 Take a trip to Six Flags over GA

If you don’t have a Six Flags in your neck of the wood…go to one of your local parks and enjoy the area attractions. We have been every year for the past 3 years and we enjoy every moment of it. It’s normally cold but if you bundle up correctly you won’t feel it besides you will be having too much fun. We enjoy this as a family because you get to ride rides, see some caroling, see a tree light up that is not as crowded as downtown Atlanta, and did I mention the various extras they have during the holidays. Let’s talk about them….

Holiday in the Park has become the number one holiday destination in the southeast, as we expand with more rides, more magical sounds of the season and more thrills than ever before,” said Park President Dale Kaetzel. “This is one of the largest seasonal events in Georgia, featuring eight world-class roller coasters and more than one million LED lights for the biggest and brightest tradition the entire family can enjoy together.”

Holiday in the Park will offer guests new, enchanting entertainment and the return of guest-favorite holiday thrills, including:

  • New in 2017, Metropolis Park will light up the Georgia night with hundreds of blue and white sparkling lights, along with two new iconic super hero rides now open for Holiday in the Park – JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis in 4D and SUPERMAN: Ultimate Flight;
  • The magical Main Street Christmas park entrance with a 165,000 twinkling light canopy and artificial snow;
  • All-aboard the North Pole Express train ride to see Santa at the North Pole;
  • A spectacular state-of-the-art choreographed light show Magic of the Season; and
  • The iconic highlight of the event—the historic 1908 Riverview Carousel at Candlelight Carousel featuring more than 100,000 lights and 250 luminary candles, among other themed areas.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most couples kissing under the mistletoe. In 2015, more than 400 guests set the record during Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia. In 2016, the park set another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most couples kissing under the mistletoe along with six other Six Flags Parks and this season yet another new record is being planned for the Most Christmas pickle ornaments placed on a tree at once, sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.

Holiday in the Park operates on select days November 18 through January 3, 2018. Six Flags Over Georgia 2018 Season Passes are on sale now and provide unlimited visits to Holiday in the Park and all of 2018. For a limited time–and during the park’s Cyber Week Sale–with the purchase of four or more season passes, guests will receive free admission to both Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, along with a free parking pass and unlimited visits to any Six Flags Theme Park in 2018.

Where else can you enjoy snow, lights, and did I mention specialty funnel cakes like Smore’s and Red Velvet….my gawd

What new traditions are you starting this year? What traditions have you hated or loved throughout the years?


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    robin rue
    November 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    My husband wants to do matching pajamas this year. I think that is a super cute idea and will check out these places you have listed for some cute ones.

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    Alli Smith
    November 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I absolutely love holiday traditions! I grew up going to Six Flags Over GA – I couldn’t get enough. I’ve never been during the holiday season and would love to take the grandkids!

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    Amber Myers
    November 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I want that s’mores funnel cake! Yum! We have a Six Flags in Texas and I hope to make it there in December. I love looking at all the lights.

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    November 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    My Mom always put us kids in matching pajamas for Christmas. I bet the park looks really festive and colorful all decorated for the holidays.

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    Tomi C
    November 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Last year we drove to visit an elderly cousin and deliver homemade Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a 5-hour drive and we visit briefly, eat dinner and then make the return 5-hour trip home. I know it seems like a lot to be on the road that long just to bring 1 person dinner but we had so much fun last year and she called saying she wished we could do it again. Guess what? We did. Loaded up the car with all her faves, pics from family and friends and hit the road. So I guess we just started a Day after Thanksgiving Road Trip tradition.

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    November 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    These sound like some great holiday traditions to start. One that I used to do when I was a little girl and now do with my family is a Christmas Eve gift with PJs. I love spending the holidays with family.

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    Tanya Barnett
    November 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    We let our teens do the tree this year. I was nervous at first about them arguing but the tree looks good. With a new grand-baby on the way, I think this will be a new tradition.

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    November 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    These are all great traditions. My girls get holiday pj’s for Christmas Eve. Thanks for posting Hanna Anderson! I saw the cutest pj’s and lost the link, but the name rang a bell.

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    November 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Our family’s traditions have been the same through the years, up to 4 generations back. We attend mass on Christmas eve and spend Christmas day with the entire clan. I don’t think we are going to do anything different this year, because our annual family get together is always something we all look forward to.

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    November 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    The holidays are totally a time for reliving and creating new traditions. I am OBSESSED with those adorable Peanuts pajamas–where in the world did you get them?

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    November 28, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I love that you’re starting these traditions. Letting the kids make breakfast sounds good to me. That sounds like a relaxing morning for me!

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    November 28, 2017 at 12:28 am

    The traditions is what makes christmas the best! And I loved yours! Aww i love so much christmas!!

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    Liz Mays
    November 28, 2017 at 2:44 am

    I think letting the kids make the breakfast one morning sounds fun. It’s awesome that the breakfast bake ended up being really good!

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    November 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds like some fun traditions to start. I love the idea of matching pajamas we did that last year, but this year I went a different route and just made sure everyone got a new pair for Christmas eve, no matchy!

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    Diana Villa
    November 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    My daughter loves cooking, so sometimes she cooks breakfast for us, very sweet!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    November 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I would love to go see the light in our local park here in West Virginia. We love funnel cakes and that one looks delicious!

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    November 28, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    That last picture has me drooling! I have never had a smoore but would love one! These are 3 lovely traditions, I plan on exercising the second one when my son if a bit older haha Six flags looks amazing! Gutted we don’t have one

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    November 28, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Since Xmas is not a holiday that I celebrate I have no seasonal tradition. But I do enjoy making lasting memories with my friends and family throughout the year.

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    Bonnie G
    November 29, 2017 at 2:17 am

    We love adding at least 1 new tradition each year. We may start doing the elf on the shelf but not sure yet.

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    Mimi Green
    November 29, 2017 at 3:46 am

    We do matching pajamas. I match us for family photos too. We are going to Six Flags Holiday in the Park in Saturday. I’m looking forward to it.

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    EG III
    November 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

    These are all great traditions to start with your family and I’m sure they’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.

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    November 29, 2017 at 11:59 am

    We are starting the matching pj’s and we are taking Xmas photos.. Sux flags metropolis is so much fun! I can’t wait till next summer

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    November 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I have been forced to start some Christmas traditions this year, and honestly, I’m pretty excited about it. I didn’t have Christmas growing up, so I love articles like these that give me great ideas.

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    Danasia Fantastic
    December 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    These are great new traditions to start with your family! I love six flags over GA!

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    Nanekia Ansari
    December 1, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    I want to do matching pajamas and gingerbread houses, but we are a blended family so having everybody here to do it is difficult. But the crew that resides with me will definitely create a new tradition.

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    December 1, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I really want to have my kids gather some clothes that they have out grown and we make patchwork pillows together. I want to make something sentimental for the holidays. I remember it being a sentimental time for me to spend with my grandmother so I want to pass that tradition on to others.

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    December 2, 2017 at 12:28 am

    You know, I have seen a lot of people visiting amusement parks recently for the holidays. It looks like a cool tradition to have. I have to try it out one year.

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    December 2, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Six Flags looks real fun for the holidays. We’ve got a few traditions that we do every year and the kids always look forward to doing them.

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    December 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I have never been to Six Flags during the holidays, and this definitely makes me think that I should be heading there soon. I wonder if it’s because we’re in Chicago, and it is usually cold over this way. Also, I love your holiday traditions. It’s super hard to find ones when you are an adult that reflects you and your family.

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