2.14.2010

Fake Christmas

For Christmas we went to California for 3 and 1/2 weeks. YES! Almost a month! It was very fun, a bit long to be away from our personal stuff/space, but overall great. So, before we left we did a Fake Christmas for the kids.
I've realized something since being married....Casey is much more sentimental than me about holidays, birthdays, etc. I love the holidays, yes! I love everything that goes along with it. But I'm not huge on Birthday gifts. And I thought it would be fine if we went without a Christmas tree this year (since we had to throw it away on Dec 14th). But he had a different idea. So we picked one up. And I'm so glad we did. The house smelled wonderful for a good two weeks. And there's just something magical about presents under a tree.
The Saturday before leaving on our trip, we had the Ward Christmas party. Lucy eagerly stood in line with all the kids, jumped right up on Santa's lap and told him, "I want a kitchen". She then reminded me afterward, "mom, I'm not on the naughty list." Phew!
The next day, Sunday, we had Fake Christmas. But since we have church at 9am (and Casey has meetings before that) we waited till the afternoon. We told the kids that we were going for a little drive and that while we were gone, Santa might come to our house! We played it up big and Lucy was real excited. Lucy helped me pick out treats for Santa (and no, that's not anything gross on the plate. Just Dark Choc covered pretzels. It was Lucy's choice!)
Need a closer look? Oh, and marshmallows too.....
We went for our drive (and saw a really, REALLY cool house I would love to live in one day....) and when we got back, Lucy flung open the door, and there was her kitchen!
It was a hit! For both kids. More info on their aprons HERE.
She still prefers her princess dolls over anything. But I hope to put a cute table in her room, paint the wall something fun, maybe an old antique window in there? Oh we'll see. Merry Fake Christmas Kids!

9 comments:

Jenny said...

Oh boy! What a fun "fake Christmas"! Love the Santa treats. Abby always insists that we leave out cheese for Santa Mouse too. Have you ever read Santa Mouse? It's one of my favorites from childhood and Abby has made it in to a Christmas tradition. No religious meaning whatsoever, but very cute.

Jean said...

That's a great little kitchen!! Weston loves 'em too. We totally did the fake Christmas, because we didn't feel like bringing piles of Christmas presents to PA in our luggage!! We've done it the past two years... maybe this year we'll actually have a real Christmas morning at home. :-)

dietcokegrrl said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that kitchen. So cute!!

The chocolate covered pretzels made me laugh! It DID look a little funny. haha.

And I too LOVE the smell of a fresh tree. It's so nice to come home to...although I HATE all the pine needles. So messy.

The Miller Family: said...

i love that kitchen. i just got the one from ikea. where did you get yours?

Sara Suman said...

fun Christmas. I didn't read the post at first, and thought your treats were supposed to resemble reindeer droppings or something! Now that I know what they are they look delicious!!

Nicole said...

That is such a cute Kitchen set. I love your "Fake" Christmas idea. Can't wait to see all your fun stuff for your real Christmas!

Erica said...

Love the apron!! I'm sure they cant get enough of the kitchen. So nice to have space to put it, yes?!

Sassy Polka Dot said...

That is a cute kitchen set! And good job on their aprons!

ForeverYou said...

I enjoyed reading your post Dana. I love to know what`s going on with you and your guys!! Christams is fun no metter if it fake or real :) Love the kitchen.. I think I only dreamed about one like this when I was a kid...