December means a new monthly challenge at Scrapbookers Anonymous. The challenge this month is "Glitter, Tags and Holiday Themed". Any way, any how. I decided to use library book tags and glittered die cuts. I had not scrapped pictures from Christmas 2010 and thought I should before I had pictures of Christmas 2011 waiting as well. Last Christmas was an emotional one for me as it was our first one here in New Zealand. Not only was I adjusting to the thought of a summer Christmas, we are thousands of miles away from our family. I am so thankful for Skype that brought Grandma, Grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins into our home. We even played our traditional bingo on Skype. Made trading presents a wee bit hard though. :) I wanted to use those photos and make a mini book about some of our old and now new Christmas traditions.
Decorating the tree has been a family event since the boys were old enough to handle the ornaments carefully. Well, Dad doesn't help but the boys always get excited to put it up. Christmas is in summer here in New Zealand so bare feet and short sleeves were perfect.
The boys were so excited to run down the stairs with their stockings. First year to have stairs to run down and no winter pjs. :)
Slip n Slide on Christmas day??? Sounds like an awesome new tradition!!
Christmas crackers.....cardboard poppers with trinkets inside.....will become a part of our Christmas traditions. Inside are these tissue paper crowns, a lovely fashion accessory.
We loved playing Bingo with our family back in Iowa. It was great to enjoy that tradition even though it did make me feel a bit lonely knowing they were all together.
Bingo presents, cans of soda, and Mom's lace table cloth. All means Christmas....
The boys were more than excited to open presents from family while that family watched on Skype. Shorts and tshirts as the day was WARM. No snow here!
Skyping with Grandma and Grandpa Gilmore with Great Grandma Hoschouer in the background. Have I mentioned I love technology???
Making sugar cookies has been one of my traditions from when I was a little girl. I love that my boys look forward to it every year. Its one of my favourite traditions!
Going to the beach with new body boards. Fun to get summer themed presents and be able to use them right away!
I hope you'll dig in your stash for glitter and tags. Make sure you upload your project to Scrapbookers Anonymous for a chance to win a cool prize and so I can check them out!
Happy Crafting! :)