This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
A few days ago the kids were chatting to me about Christmas and how quickly it has arrived this year. It doesn’t seem a year has already passed since we were buying Christmas gifts for the kids, family and friends. But here we are, just 19 days until Christmas day!
Christmas has always been my favorite and now that I’m an adult it hasn’t changed. Now instead of me getting all excited to see what is under the tree, my joy is seeing my kids’ faces light-up with delight about what is under the tree.
Today, I want to talk about our holiday traditions. Every year I make homemade lasagna on Christmas Eve and the children open up one gift which is always their Christmas pajamas.
We then watch The Polar Express and hang a new Christmas ornament on the tree. The kids head to bed early, not before setting out cookies and carrots for Santa and the reindeer’s arrival, while I enjoy spiked egg nog and wrap the majority of Christmas presents with my husband. For Christmas Day I prepare a huge breakfast casserole, homemade cinnamon rolls and enjoy the morning with my mom, sister, brother’s family and my brother in law. I then head to my brothers for Christmas dinner with our dad and step siblings.
Dinner at my brother’s is always a blast as we play many board games as well as Just Dance on the Wii. But dessert is highly anticipated after a long morning. We have a couple family members with diabetes so I’m always in charge of a diabetes friendly recipe. This year I listened to my relatives who really missed eating pumpkin pie and will be making an easy pumpkin pie made with SPLENDA® Sweetener so they can enjoy the best traditional dessert that everyone loves.
Luckily for me, I’ll be able to print a $1.00 off Splenda no calorie sweetener coupon and with the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time to unwrap great savings on the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® website! You can save up to $35 on some of your favorite products by visiting HealthyEssentials.com to download coupons in December. Many of the savings are on products that would be ideal to stuff those stockings with this year including Johnson’s baby products, LISTERINE® Mouthwash and many beauty products for those teenagers!
So tell me about your holiday traditions!