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It’s important to have traditions…

It’s really interesting to see what traditions different families have around the holidays. Some families put up decorations, make special holiday treats or make hand print turkeys. Refe Tuma and his wife have taken it a step further, they’ve created Dinovember, a month dedicated to convincing their children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figurines come to life. Each morning, for the month of November (Dinovember) the girls will wake and discover what shenanigans their playtime plays got into while they slept. Here are some of the highlights so far:

“It began modestly enough. The kids woke up to discover that the dinosaurs had gotten into a box of cereal and made a mess on the kitchen table.”

“Uh-oh,” we heard our girls whisper. “Mom and Dad are not going to like this.”

Why do they do this?

“Because in the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs.”

*If you’d like to follow along with Dinovember 2013, join their Facebook page


Getting Crafty for the Count Down

I am finally back! I didn’t intend to go this long without posting, but there was travel followed by tech trouble, lots of cooking and far more late nights than I had anticipated. But on the other side of the first major holiday I am a little weary but really excited to dive into all sorts of Christmas fun. My first big project is to make an advent calendar.

The advent calendar was one of my favorite Christmas traditions when I was younger. Starting on December 1st we’d light a candle read a story and open the corresponding window on the cardboard cut out. Later on I realized we lit the candle so my mom didn’t have to listen to my brother and I bicker over who got to do what however many number of times each year. If you didn’t get to open the picture window you got to play with the lighter, everyone’s happy.


I haven’t fully decided what I am going to do for my new calendar, I think I am just going to wrap tiny gifts for Andy to open each day, but now that I am feeling a little nostalgic I may have to include a story or two. Maybe a few holiday jokes.

Images from here.