Tree Lighting Ceremony 2016

Last night, we attended a local Tree Lighting Ceremony that takes place in the city’s inner circle and had originally intended to have dinner at Blaze Pizza (they have vegan cheese and gluten/dairy free crust – hey now), but the line was super long and loving at a snail’s pace. If you know me or Josh, that’s not how we roll. So we went to Olive Garden where I was reunited with my trusty old favorite – gluten free rotini with marinara sauce and Italian sausage. NOM.

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Declan slept almost the entire time, only waking up for a few minutes during the actual ceremony and to get a diaper change and a quick snack, before falling back to sleep during dinner. I know he is my child because that boy can sleep anywhere, including through tantruming children, parties, and other loud noises without so much as a stir. He takes after his mama that way.

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Can I just gush about Declan’s hat and how much we love it? My friend Tara made it for him and while it was too big for a while, it’s recently became our go-to for outings where we know it will be cold – including walking to the car in the morning! It’s starting to get a tad small in length/depth. I’m not sure what to call it, but basically if I could add a few more rows to make it come down further so it covered his ears entirely, I would. This swaddle from Little Unicorn is also a favorite of ours! So far it’s made an appearance in all his monthly pictures, and now you know why. That thing is well loved in our house.

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While I’m not sure attending this specific tree light ceremony will be in the cards for us annually, I know there are many that take place local to us! I think it would be fun to attend a different city’s ceremony each year!

What kind of holiday memories and/or traditions are you creating with your children?

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