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  • Amy Conner

    Fellow Pinner says, "All Aboard The Minivan Express! Ready to start a Christmas tradition that the whole family will enjoy? I know you’ve all seen The Polar Express, well, this is our own version of that fun adventure! Each year we hide the “Golden Tickets” in our kids’ beds. My husband starts the bedtime routine as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and hot chocolate drinks and place them in the car, oh and don’t forget to have Christmas music playing in the car too! When the kids go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, get ready for lots of giggles and screams as they all find their tickets! The kids are then instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car. Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we hole punch the ticket (you know for effect and all.) Next, we travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. We may even stop somewhere for a fun snack on the way home. Now the kids look forward to this each year and look forward to getting “those special tickets”!"

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Love this surprise Christmas tradition! Start your bedtime routine as usual, while Dad makes bags of popcorn and hot chocolate drinks and place them in the car, don't forget to have Christmas music playing too! When the kids climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden. The kids are instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car. Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we hole punch the ticket, and we travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. What an awesome idea!

  • Danielle Carter

    I did this with my kids too! But we called it the "Jingle Bell Sleigh Ride" :)

ONLY THE BEST PARENTS EVER WOULD DO THIS!!!! New Tradition?? Start bedtime routine as usual, while one parent makes bags of popcorn and hot cocoa and places them in the car, don't forget to have Christmas music to play! When the kids climb into bed, they will find a ticket hidden. The kids are instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car. Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, you hole punch the ticket, and travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights.

What a cute idea... Start bedtime routine as usual, while one parent makes bags of popcorn and hot cocoa and places them in the car, dont forget to have Christmas music to play! When the kids climb into bed, they will find a ticket hidden. The kids are instructed to grab their slippers and head for the car. Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, you hole punch the ticket, and travel around the city looking at all the beautiful lights. What an awesome idea

  • Nina J Robitaille

    Fabulous idea! Brings back memories of childhood trips around my grandparents' neighbourhood Christmas eve... tip - warm up the car for the munchkins.

Polar Express Ticket {FREEBIE} Love this tradition! Start bedtime routine as usual, make bags of popcorn and hot chocolate drinks and place them in the car. When the kids climb into bed, they will find the tickets with instructions to grab their slippers and head for the car. Hole punch the tickets and drive around looking at all the beautiful lights.

Vintage Christmas. I'm not so big on the reindeer thingies, but I love the mercury glass candleholders (want some, BAD!), and the blue and green ball ornaments, and the snowflake garland.

each little person gets their own wrapping paper---none of the gifts are marked, and in order to know which gifts are theirs, they have to find a tiny piece of their wrapping paper in the bottom of their stocking. it's a little last minute excitement, as they see the gifts, but don't know which belongs to who.

  • Dani McFarland

    I'm 34 and my dad still does this! It drives me crazy.

  • Lori Miller

    I did that with my kids for a couple of years so they couldn't guess their presents. It drove them crazy - they could NOT figure out how I knew whose was whose! They eventually figured it out, though. ;)

  • Janet Mallon

    I have done this for years. My children are 33 and 30 and I still do it. Now my SIL has his own color too.

  • Emma J

    My mom did this too. She also dig shaped tags and we had to find our shape.

  • Kim Hacking

    I do something similar except I give each one of us a reindeer name- Blitzen, Rudoph, etc.. and then Santa gives them their "name" in their stocking.

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Invite friends over (in their PJ's) to read Christmas stories, drink hot chocolate, decorate gingerbread houses and make gift tags. A special way to slow down and enjoy an evening with friends. Friends should each bring their own Christmas book to read.

Another cute countdown. Activities include: Make hot chocolate and stir with candy canes Make a treat and take it to a friend Watch a christmas movie and eat popcorn Go out for a Christmas treat Do something nice for someone Drive around and look for Christmas lights //Can't wait to do this stuff with my twin angels

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Creating a December Bucket List -- A list of ideas to do to make memories as a family in December. Love this!