• Keeping Up With Holiday Traditions

    December 10, 2013

    Hi, friends!

    I just wanted to do a little recap of our 24 Days of Togetherness so far since I haven’t blogged about it everyday, but want to remember our experience!

    Here are a couple of photos from our recent picks!

    There was no snow on Saturday when we picked “make a snowman” (wishful thinking by Mal), so he drew us a snowman on our chalkboard.

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    We picked “make holiday-shaped pancakes” on Sunday morning right before leaving for the Pats game, so we knew it was unlikely we’d make them, but we have a firm “no throwing back” rule in our house, so we thought maybe we’d eat pancakes for dinner.

    Well, we didn’t get home from the game/picking up Murphy until after 9:00 PM, so pancakes didn’t happen on Sunday. I didn’t want to break our 24 Days of Togetherness tradition, so I made them for breakfast this morning. Better late than never!

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    Ok, they weren’t the prettiest-looking holiday pancakes, but they sure tasted delicious, especially with maple syrup and creamy almond butter spread on top. Mmm… pancakes.

    Health News & Views

    It’s that time of year again when holiday calories lurk around every corner. Family parties, office get-togethers, Saturday night soirees… you get the picture.

    But even if you try to be “good” around the holidays and stick to your healthy habits, you could still be committing diet mistakes that leave you a few pounds heavier come New Year’s. Avoid these December diet blunders!

    4 Worst December Diet Mistakes


    CVS Twitter Party TONIGHT

    My Twitter party with CVS is TONIGHT! We’ll be chatting about snacking during the holiday season. I’ll share my favorite ways to indulge, but not overindulge, and how to snack smartly all season long, no matter what you have planned or where your travels take you. And there will be a number of awesome giveaways to win products from the Gold Emblem line! I hope to see you there!

    CVS Gold Emblem Twitter Party
    TONIGHT (Tuesday) from 8:00 PM (EST)


    Questions of the Day

    What holiday tradition do you always keep up with no matter what?

    When was the last time you performed an anonymous good deed? What was it?

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    { 44 comments… read them below or add one }

    Eating 4 Balance December 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I closed someone’s gas tank on their car the other day. Not very strong as good deeds go! 😀

    Holiday movie… Could I vote for Home Alone 3? 😆 That’s my favorite of the bunch but I have a feeling that you are talking about the originals.


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance December 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love your 24 Days of Togetherness! It is such an awesome way to embrace the holiday spirit and spend time with those you love doing things you love!


    Linda @ running4two December 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    It’s hard to choose between Elf and Home Alone!

    I bought four pairs of pajamas for children in need the other day.

    Christmas tradition…Christmas Eve pajamas!


    Nicole December 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Cookie baking! It’s a 66 year tradition in our family. Last year my dad was in the ICU for most of December so I continued the tradition by spearheading the cookie baking production.


    Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life December 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    We always put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving! Since I was away at college this year and didn’t have a tree, I found a magnetic tree and put it on my fridge 😀 It worked!


    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews December 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    We have a whole shelf of Christmas movies that we go through, one by one, night by night, with a fire crackling in the background.


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    My favorite tradition is reading The Night Before Christmas with my family around our fireplace every Christmas Eve!


    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun December 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I always love to go and look at Christmas lights and never miss it at least once during the holiday season! Baking cookies is alsoa must have tradition!


    Livi December 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    those pancakes are adorable!!


    Becky December 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love your 24 days of togetherness! Since this year is our first year as a married couple, we are doing a 12 dates of Christmas starting this Thursday and going all the way up to the 23rd. (We chose to go up to this date and not Christmas day because Christmas Eve is when we will start doing things with our families, and we wanted this to be with just us). I am really excited about this new tradition!


    Kristin December 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Doesn’t it kind of defeat the purpose of doing an anonymous good deed if you’re broadcasting it on your blog??


    Nancy December 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Tree goes up the Friday after Thanksgiving. No Black Friday shopping, just putting up the tree, decorating the house, Christmas movies, Christmas carols playing, and eating lots of yummy Thanksgiving leftovers! Usually in pajamas all day until we realize some lights aren’t working and need to make a run to Home Depot! 🙂

    Tina, just a quick question. Did you ever do a reveal post of your yard after doing your driveway and paving? I remember you talking about doing it when you were done, but I don’t remember seeing it. Just curious because I’m always looking for ideas!


    Tina December 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm
    Bethany December 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    We always make holiday cookies. We are traveling this Christmas, but will make them before we leave and bring them with us.


    Shel@PeachyPalate December 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I always spend Christmas Eve with my parents no matter what but since I was a baby I also spend a couple of hours and exchange gifts with my bestie! 🙂 Hope you’re travels are going well ! Eek!


    Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    It seems like you guys are having so much fun! No matter what we always, always drive around looking at all the lights. I can’t think of the last time I did anything nice, gah! I think I am going to get right on that tonight!


    Jessica Z December 10, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    We have a girls cookie bake weekend with all my Aunts and Cousins. We bake non-stop from Friday till Sunday. Its one of my favorite traditions. On Black Friday, I baught a coffee for the lady who was behind me in the drive at Starbucks.


    Bobbie December 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    I loved your advice on cutting back calories during the day of a holiday party instead of skipping meals. Leaving off the cheese, dressing etc…
    thank you!


    Tina December 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    So glad you found it helpful! 😄


    Ashley December 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I’ve been reading quite a bit lately about people “paying it forward” It’s definitely inspiring me to do something myself…


    Sanaz@Run for Cake December 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Baking Christmas cookies and getting a Christmas tree Thanksgiving weekend. Nothing says holiday’s like sugar cookies in the shape of snowmen.
    My goal is to try and do one good selfless thing everyday. Yesterday, I helped an elderly gentleman to his car with his groceries even though I had my own cart and a baby in my arms. It felt so good doing something so small that I think he appreciated.


    Molly December 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I always keep the tradition of eating cookies- does that count? And I usually don’t try to make them healthy, haha.

    Good dead would be just left a cupcake for a yoga instructor who always subs for me! 🙂 She is a dream and I am blessed to have her work with me. Cupcakes are like giving 45 hugs, right?


    Tina December 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    YES! Not healthy sugar cookies (with frosting) are my absolute favorite this time of year! 😄


    BrooklynBeet December 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Those pancakes are awesome, I’ve been meaning to make some for a while and now the craving isn’t going anywhere! Must.Make.

    Have fun in Cabo!


    Kendall Covitz December 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I always make latkes but I haven’t this year! It takes so much effort to grate all of the potatoes! Id love to do some sort of togetherness with my husband!


    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com December 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I actually just wrote a guest post about our Christmas traditions.

    for our tradition, we get a new special/fun/funny ornament for the year . its been so much fun collecting them the past four years and looking back on them


    Annette December 10, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I looked back at your driveway photos and reading about Murphy with the chicken finger is hilarious! Love the look on his face in the picture. When the kids were little the dogs would steal food out of their hands. We always do a taco bar and enchiladas on Christmas eve. Have a safe and wonderful trip.


    Jackie December 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Exercise !!


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I love how you’ve gone with the list so far, it is awesome!!

    My boyfriend has bought an advent calendar and has not yet opened it and plans to binge on chocolate potentially on Christmas day…I see this may become a tradition for us or him rather 😉


    Amanda Sutherland December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Such a random question, you mentioned going to another bloggers baby shower semi-recently. I wanted to find her page again, but I’ve had no luck, can you help me out???


    Tina December 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm
    Amanda Sutherland December 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    @Tina: Thanks!


    Annie @ herightfit.com December 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    A ten minute massage sounds great right now!


    sally @ sweat out the small stuff December 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I always make my own christmas cards. I’ve been doing custom created cards since 1996 and haven’t missed a single year….I’m thinking for the 20th year i’ll do some sort of mosaic showing little thumbnails of all 20 cards. This year’s is quite a riot. I’ll post it on my blog over the weekend after those that I mailed cards to have received theirs.

    I’m going to use your better late than never approach and do today’s workout tomorrow morning =)


    Megan @ Meg Go Run December 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    The tradition we always keep is decorating the house!


    Lisa December 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Love Actually is hands down my favorite Christmas movie! I watch it every year. And I make homemade peppermint bark. Delish.


    Tina December 11, 2013 at 4:40 am

    We watched that last night. Such a good movie!


    Elisabeth December 11, 2013 at 1:09 am

    We have quite a few holiday traditions, but the ones we never miss are: watching Christmas Vacation, Home Alone & Charlie Brown Christmas at least once each during the season, giving each other one gift on Christmas Eve – new PJs!, going to my great aunt’s house for a turkey dinner on Christmas night and decorating our two Christmas trees together while listening to holiday music.


    Nemesia Ramolete December 11, 2013 at 2:41 am

    My mom makes my sister and I take pictures with Santa every year. This has been a family tradition since I’ve been a baby. She then puts up every photo I’ve taken with Santa since I’ve been a baby during the holidays and as much as I don’t like seeing some of the photos (and fashion trends) lol, it’s cool to see how different I look every year. It’s a great one that I will make my kids do. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I have to take pictures with Santa until I get married. HAH!


    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape December 11, 2013 at 5:14 am

    We have to watch disneys sing a long very merry Christmas songs while putting up our tree! It’s an old VCR tape and has a few warped bits as it’s so old but I couldn’t imagine Christmas without it! 🙂


    Runner Girl Eats December 11, 2013 at 6:19 am

    I always make a spiced hot chocolate while watching a Christmas movie and buying a season Starbucks while looking at Christmas lights. those are my two must do traditions!


    Annie Atherton December 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    The house has to be decorated inside and out… and there doesn’t have to be any rhyme or reason to it, just Christmas decorations EVERYWHERE! My husband says that chex mix baking smells like Christmas, so I make sure to make it a bunch this time of year. And we MUST have a real tree. Even when we lived in Los Angeles and pine trees cost a million bucks, I insisted 🙂 This time of year is my absolute favorite. Jackson 5 christmas album has to be played during present opening time too… this is from our childhood. We of course now all have it electronically, but we still play it!


    Briana December 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love the idea of the 24 days of togetherness. I am hoping to implement something like this for next year. Thanks for the ideas!

    On an unrelated note, I went to Whol Foods today (in Hingham) and one reason i went so early was to try their bacon you rave about.

    I can now see why, and may have to make it a weekly Wednesday visit with my little girl (who also loved the bacon!)



    Amelia December 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Love the diet mistakes – great reminders!


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