1 Christmas tree goes up day after thanksgiving or No christmas shopping in the morning! #2 Baking Sugar cookies and icing them making a HUGE mess and getting a belly ache from all the sugar. TOO much fun. #3 The story of christmas our way. Santa or Chris Kringle or St. Nickolas lived a very long time ago and saw the children in his little town in German forgetting the great Miracle of the birth of christ. So he went back to his workshop and worked all Christmas Eve making toys, wagons, and other wonderful gifts for the children wrapping them with great colorful ribbons and paper. He placed them in a big Sack and on Christmas morning he delivered the presents to all the boys and girls of the town and just before he handed the presents to each of the little children he told them "God gave us a give that is more magical than anything in this present and Jesus was born this is the day we celebrate him and the magical gifts he brought to us." The children loved it and wondered about Jesus, learning more throughout the year. The following year on Christmas Eve there were other people in the town who wanted to help with the presents, St. Nickolas called them his little Elves The painted hammered and made wonderful toys again puppets, toy horses, doll houses, yoyos, spinning tops all really neat toys for the kids but they wouldn't all fit into his bag, but a local seemstress had made a beautiful red coat and bag for St. Nickolas because it was very cold outside so that he could walk around and deliver all the toys to the boys and girls. The story goes on and on with St. Nickolas growing ever so old in age and God finding grace with the love he put into the children and into Jesus so one year a magical sleigh appeared, with flying raindeer so that he could go all around the world delivering the word of God. Each year I add to the story to the little ones it is magical because it grows with them... It was a story I was told by someone who loved me when I was little and found out "THE TRUTH" they explained that the magic disappears when your heart stopps beliving and so your parents feel they have to keep it going, because one day the magic will be there again when you have little ones to see them delight in the day the lord has made. #4 Never yell or get fusterated it is a crazy day that when you have expectations they always fall short so just enjoy each minute because tomorrow will come only too soon. #5 Always remember those who have gone before us and those who have less than ourselves rejoice in our good fortunes (even if some years they feel so small in actuallity those are some of the best) #6 Have an open home to friends neighbors and family.