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Hello everybody. Today I’m kicking off December taking a look at some fun activities and attractions I grew up doing around holiday time. I celibate Christmas, but whatever you may be celebrating this season these are fun for the whole family. The season in CNY kicks off with our tree lighting where there is a band, the mayor, and crowds of people having hot cocoa. Once the tree is lite one can enjoy some outdoor ice skating on a portion of the Erie Canal that used to run through downtown and was filled in when modern transportation became a more efficient way to transport goods. It’s a unique spot and I think it would have been really cool attraction if there were a longer stretch of the canal to skate on in the winter and boat on in the summer. Highland Forest is one of our fun holiday spots. Cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding are all fun activities but the main attraction is their horse drawn sleigh rides through the forest. It’s loads of fun and they have a beautiful building to warm up in along side the fireplace. Sledding is always great and growing up we used to go to the toboggan shut in Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. This was always fun as you see who can shoot out the farthest onto frozen Mirror Lake. Finally one of the big attraction in my old stomping grounds is Santa’s Workshop located on the back side of Whiteface Mountain in North Pole NY. Complete with rides, reindeer, and Santa himself, it was one of my highlights growing up where you had to wear a snowsuit to stay warm and enjoy the rides and attractions. These are all things I have enjoyed this time of year and appreciate being able to do these winter holiday activities. What fun holiday activities do you do in your area? Have a great week everyone.
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I moved around so much we didn't have any traditions unfortunately. We sled in states we could (Michigan, Illinois and Michigan) whereas others we couldn't (Arizona, Alabama, Florida). Times we lived in Michigan we spent Christmas or Christmas Eve with the entire family (grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins) but that was about the extent of it.
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Growing up we would have our immediate family Christmas on Christmas Eve and then travel to either of set of my Grandparents on Christmas day. There is a Bible college near here called RHEMA, and they have been doing a massive light display since i was in elementary school. So Andrea and I kind of continued the tradition we did as kids by taking our kids to that every year. Other than that our Christmas traditions involve a lot of watching old Christmas movies, playing video games, and just spending time together. At this point we don't go to our parents anymore for the holidays but we just spend it with our kids.
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When the kids were little, we lived about 45 minutes from my wife's parents and siblings.

So we went up there Christmas Eve but made sure to be back home before midnight. We probably have been gone occasionally on Christmas day, but we usually tried to do that just with my wife and I and the 2 boys.

Read a passage from Luke 2 and then enjoy some eggs and bacon or a cinnamon roll and get to the presents.

We are now about 4 hours from them and about 2 hours from my parents. My brother and his wife and kids live near my parents, so most of the time we have to go over there as it is more economical for them if we drive over there.

It becomes a lot more challenging when kids are grown to coordinate multiple families.

Other traditions include: Most years the boys also helped my wife and I decorate cookies.

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