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Holiday Traditions :: Goings and Doings #Connecticut

The lights started to appear about a week ago. A few trees here. Then windows strung with twinkles. Holiday traditions have returned.

Suddenly. An inflatable snowman! Lights of all colors line the streets now as we drive by, and I laugh to hear our (rear-facing) baby’s 10 second delayed shriek of joy as he spots the lighted houses after we do!

The weekend after Thanksgiving has been growing full with traditions over the past few years.

Cookies and Carols

Friday after Thanksgiving, we spent the entire morning baking four batches of cookies (sugar, spritz, gingerbread, biscotti!) with Christmas carols and tunes bouncing around the house!

The baby even cut out “cookies” from his applesauce/cinnamon “dough” (no raw egg and he quickly discovered he didn’t like to eat it!).

Then we delivered them to our neighbors and chatted for a bit (I found out my son really loves “flipball” (football) at one neighbors house!).

Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce

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After cookie delivery, we drove over to Bristol, Connecticut, and spent a freezing cold night enjoying the Holiday Lights event courtesy of Lake Compounce.

We were greeted at the gates with a musical light show that plays every 30 minutes. Since it was so cold, we quickly went to the Winter Wonderland building to warm up – last year we decorated cookies, which is a lot of fun (but since we’d just baked cookies all day, we passed on that activity this year). There’s several fire pit stations to warm up as you walk through the park, and you’ll see Nutcrackers on stilts, balloon animal makers, and more!

The carousel was running, and several food vendors and gift shops were opened. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to an amusement park without a train ride – to the North Pole of course! (Bundle up! It’s cold out on the Lake!). After a few kiddie rides like the caterpillar train, motorcycles, and flying elephants, we headed home. It was a great way to kick off our Christmas adventures!

Holiday Lights is open weekends through Dec 22 (Friday-Sun). Tickets are $14.99/adult, $10.99/child, Free/under 3. Check their site for a printable coupon!! (See details from last year’s visit!).

Tree hunting and trimming

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Holiday Traditions

Saturday, we made our annual trip to Middlefield, Connecticut to the Konefal Tree Farm (see our tree farm visit from last year!). I spotted our tree immediately – first one is always the right one in my opinion! Fresh cut lasts longer too!

Setting up a live Christmas tree is always an adventure, but thankfully other than trimming the top down to fit our living room, this one seemed to go up smoothly (hubby might tell a different tale? I mostly didn’t make eye contact!).

Advent Calendar – Counting Down!

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Sunday began our Advent Calendar countdown. Every day they get a small treat from the garland buckets. Following this, we read the short Bible lessons from Truth in the Tinsel – Click here to view more details (aff link) – every day we make an ornament that teaches the children one idea from the Christmas story! They even have their own little tree to decorate (this keeps them from tearing apart the big tree! Well. Mostly!).

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So… cookie baking, carol-singing, light-gazing, tree-decorating, … and Christmas-waiting… learning the true meaning of giving and anticipating His birth!

How do you get into the Christmas spirit? 

We received products/services from Holiday Lights and Konefal Tree Farm in exchange for posting. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used in this post.

Courtney

Thursday 5th of December 2013

You are really getting into the spirit and that is awesome. Reminded me that I really need to get moving. The days are going by and I need to slow down and think about making some cookies!

Courtney

Thursday 5th of December 2013

You are really getting into the spirit and that is awesome. Reminded me that I really need to get moving. The days are going by and I need to slow down and think about making some cookies!

Brett

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

i'm so happy I was part of your weekend!!

lots of freezing cold fun :)

Brett

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

i'm so happy I was part of your weekend!!

lots of freezing cold fun :)

Trisha W.

Tuesday 3rd of December 2013

Everything looks beautiful! I love the boys hats too.

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