Christmas Traditions at Angelicscalliwags

This blog is primarily a gift for my children.¬† It is the legacy of their childhood.¬† The best bits, the memories, successes and trials for them to look back on as adults.¬† A gift of love and of the treasure of our family life.¬† I don‚Äôt want to forget, but I also don‚Äôt want my…

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Plans for an Easy-peasy Christmas Season

Christmas is usually our silly manic period, but this year we decided to try to recreate the relaxed Christmases we always took for granted in Ireland. ¬†I have a few activities which the children have written on slips of paper and popped into our Advent calendar: These are simple activities, some¬†we do every year such…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions: Christmas Eve

I do realise I'm posting this after Christmas, but I wanted to include it in my tradition series, without having to wait a whole year to do so. This is a tradition we have had since Gary and I shared our first Christmas together in our very own flat.¬† It has changed a little, accommodating…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 6: Apple Sauce and Cinnamon Decorations

Donna¬†asked if I would post the recipe for these, so here it, especially for you, Donna!¬† It is a recipe from the book 'The Adventure of Christmas'.¬† We make these each year. No-Bake Spiced Dough Ornaments 1 cup ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground cloves 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg 1 cup apple…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 5: Decking the Halls

For the last two years decorating for Christmas has felt more of a chore than a joy.¬† What with the cancer and a baby who wouldn't stop crying day and night, Gary, the older children and I¬†were exhausted.¬† Last year I remember having got out all the decorations into the living room, and disappearing to…

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Angelicscalliwag Christmas Traditions # 4: Preparing for Advent

The tradition of preparing for Advent goes back to the beginning of our marriage.¬† I was a newish Christian and determined that every part of my life should at the very least attempt to reflect my beliefs.¬† Advent would be our time for preparing to celebrate Jesus' birthday.¬† Thing was, I was new at this…

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Angelicscalliwags Christmas Traditions # 3: A Christmas Decoration

T11 was born just 9 months and three weeks before his twin sisters.¬† After a very dangerous time giving birth to L naturally and C by emergency caesarean, amounting to no blood pressure or pulse at times for me¬†and four blood transfusions, I discharged myself just two days later to be at home with three…

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