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The Toddler Times, Issue #009 -- Merry Christmas!
December 06, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I am so excited to bring you this special edition of The Toddler Times! I am Blessed to share this holiday with all of you! this is a time for family traditions, Christmas cookies and decorating the tree. The season is not only about the gifts. Remember that we received the most precious gift of all, the birth of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We have so much to celebrate. Love each other and be kind to every person you meet.

Have a Merry Christmas!



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December 2009: Issue #009


Our Special MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS e-zine will feature

  • Toddler Christmas Pajamas

    I will share with you one of my Christmas Family Traditions starting with our pajamas!!

  • Home Made Gifts are the best!

    Two Amazing Toddler Craft Ideas that will serve as gifts!



  • I will feature a great Toddler Christmas recipe..

    "Toddler Reindeer Cookies". :)



  • Giving News!

    Learn how you can "Give" to receive!


So let's share the Christmas Season and enjoy this issue of The Toddler Times together!

Toddler Christmas Pajamas

Toddler Christmas Pajamas are one of my favorite family traditions.

Each member in our family gets new ďChristmasĒ Pjís every year. We do not wear them until Christmas Eve. It can be so much fun shopping for all of our holiday jammies, especially for toddler Christmas pajamas. There are so many cute holiday pajamas on the market. I get so excited!!

As you may know, you can find the cutest pajamas for toddlers at any time of the year. Toddler Christmas pajamas are really adorable. There are many of my favorite stores that have some nice pajamas.. I always try and find those perfect ones that I am looking for. It is so funny because you feel that way every year. I guess you could say they are perfect for that year. Then the next year you will have a different pair in mind for those perfect ones. LOL

The story of the Christmas Pajama Tradition

The family Christmas Pajama Tradition is so wonderful. I just Love It!! It started when my toddler was an infant. I bought him the cute little Babyís 1st Christmas pajamas. Come on Moms, you know the ones. You can buy the bibs and the bottles to match. Each year I began to look more forward to buying his toddler Christmas pajamas. I was like a child myself. Finally by the following year he was two years old at Christmas time. I thought to myself, well why canít mom and Dad get some new PJís too? There it beganÖÖÖÖ.

You want to talk about FUN? It is such a blast for my husband and me to buy special pajamas for ourselves too. It also allows my son to get excited. He loves the fact that we have on our special Christmas pajamas as a family. also. Again, family is so important in our household. Itís the small things that are important and our Lee Family Christmas Pajama Tradition is very important to us. It makes our Christmas even that more special. So it all started with some simple toddler Christmas pajamas. Amazing!!

This tradition is so valued and important to me, I wrote this page on my website exclusively for this reason. It started off with buying my son some toddler Christmas pajamas, and ended up a tradition treasured by all of us. Christmas is so special and important to me and my family. I love every aspect of the season. Society in general can get so caught up in the materialistic portion of Christmas. We can sometimes lose sight of the important stuff. It happens to all of us. We want to get our child the latest and greatest toys that are on the market. I decided to write about what Christmas means to me and I want to share it with all of you.

What Christmas means to me...........

  • The meaning of Christmas is so near and dear to my heart. I had a terrible childhood. Through all the bad, came patches of good in the form of Christmas's spent with my 3 older sisters. WOW! Those memories I will carry in my heart always. I think we all can relate to trying to stay up all night on Christmas Eve so excited. We would try by eating potato chips and drinking chocolate milk. My sisters and I would have a Candy Cane eating contest. We would try and eat one of those huge candy canes but, the golden rule was you could not bite it. You had to just lick it all night long on Christmas Eve. Those are the good memories. We would sneak downstairs to try and catch a glimpse of the tree and the presents underneath. Then the four of us would each grab our stockings, and sneak back upstairs, quietly.

    We were ornery. We would take our stockings back up to our room and empty them out and look at all of the goodies we got. After we were done putting everything back inside (minus a few pieces of candyÖ LOL), one of us would take all of the stockings back downstairs. I guess that is why I love stuffing stockings so much for my family. That memory I will cherish forever.When I was growing up, my parents didnít have much money so we never really received big elaborate presents. I however treasured my filled Christmas stocking more than anything. That truly was enough for me. That is what I looked forward to every year on Christmas morning as long as I lived at home. My same stocking that I had since I was 5 years old. So Christmas to me means memories and traditions. That alone was the ultimate gift.


    So you see, the picture is greater than just toddler Christmas pajamas. It is about making memories that your toddler will remember and maybe pass on to his own family one day. Your child may just take your family traditions with them to pass on from generation to generation. Really sit and think about how incredible that can be. Now donít get me wrong we do buy gifts for our son, but it is by no means extravagant. It also is not the sole basis for Christmas or the holiday season. It is a time of giving, not only to your own family but to others who are needy as well. You should practice serving others not only at Christmas time but all year long.


    Christmas means to me that you have to stop and take a look at the past and the present, because your present just may turn into your toddlerís future. I never realized that at 5 years old I would carry on the Christmas stocking tradition to my son. It is truly amazing when I think about it. He is living my memories and doesnít even realize it. That is the power that a single tradition can hold. So I think now you can understand how important toddler Christmas pajamas are to me and my family. The tradition is the best gift of all that I can give to him. This holiday season make memories that will last a lifetime. Start a new tradition and remember to hold your past memories close to your heart.

  • From the Lee Family to yours...... Have a Blessed Christmas !!!




    Two Amazing Toddler Craft Ideas that will serve as gifts.

    * CANDY CANE FRAME ORNAMENT * (with or without photo)

    Items youíll need:

    • Candy Canes (small or large)
    • Glue
    • Felt (red or green)
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors

    Directions:

    1. Form a heart with two candy canes and then glue at the top and the bottom. Allow to dry.
    2. Run ribbon through the heart and glue to the top of the candy canes.
    3. Trace the heartís outside edge onto two pieces of felt and then cut out.
    4. In one heart cut on oval or square window. Line up photo in window, and glue in place. Let dry.
    5. Glue candy canes frame to felt.

    There you have a wonderful ornament. These also make great gifts!! These toddler craft ideas are so much fun!!

    * HANDPRINT WREATH *

    Items youíll need:

    Directions:

    1. Form a heart with two candy canes and then glue at the top and the bottom. Allow to dry.
    2. Run ribbon through the heart and glue to the top of the candy canes.
    3. Trace the heartís outside edge onto two pieces of felt and then cut out.
    4. In one heart cut on oval or square window. Line up photo in window, and glue in place. Let dry.
    5. Glue candy canes frame to felt.

    There you have a wonderful ornament. These also make great gifts!! These toddler craft ideas are so much fun!!

    For more Amazing Toddler Christmas Crafts Click Here!




    Our Christmas Toddler Recipe is..
    " Reindeer Cookies"

    Toddler Reindeer Cookies

    Use peanut butter cookie mix or your own cookie dough to make these cute cookies.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pkg (17 1/2 oz) peanut butter cookie mix
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 egg
    • 60 miniature pretzel twists for antlers
    • 60 semisweet chocolate chips for eyes
    • 30 red hot candies for noses

    Preparation:

    *You can leave out the cookie mix, egg, and oil, and use your own peanut butter cookie dough recipe.

    In mixing bowl, combine cookie mix, oil and egg. Beat until well blended. Shape peanut butter cookie dough into a 7 1/2-inch roll; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour, until chilled and firm. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using thumb and forefinger, make a slight indention about 1/3 of the way down the sides of each slice. Press in pretzels for antlers, chocolate chips for eyes and a red hot for the nose. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes, or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

    Makes about 30 cookies.



    Our Christmas Giving Contest!

    To celebrate the Season of "Giving" and miracles, we want to share how we helped out this Christmas! Please tell us what you and your family did to help out a person in need this Christmas. Let's face it the needs are great. I would love for you to share with us and inspire others. Any person who shares will receive a gift from me! You are amazing and I Thank You.

    I wish all of you a Happy and safe Christmas! May you treasure the memories and really know how Blessed you are! Remember The Reason For The Season!

    " Click Here to receive" a blessing. We want to hear how you and your toddler pay it forward. I will honor any blessing you share with my readers with a free e-book. At the end of December I hope the prize you receive is the gift of giving with a pure heart.

    Next month is our special New Years Issue! We will feature Blessings upon more Blessings! I am Honored to have all of you reading The Toddler Times with me! Thank You and I will see you next month! Join us next month for more exciting Toddler Times News!



    Our Special New Years Issue e-zine will feature:

    • Toddlers Are Fun is going Green! We will be featuring our new Mom of Green expert Tina Keller! I am so excited to have her on our site! She will be ready to answer, so get all of your questions for her!

    • Winter is Here! I will have Great Indoor Activities for your Toddlers!

    • Tired of all The Christmas Cookies? We will have a healthy Toddler Snack recipe the kids will enjoy..:)

    • Bring in the New Year with an awesome New Years contest!

    Take Care and I ask for Blessings to be poured over you and your family! Enjoy your Christmas and love each other, see you next month....

    Blessings, Ingrid ;)

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