I wanted to try some new outings to see if they could turn into traditions this year. I didn’t make it to one which is on my list for next year. I really want to go to This Is the Place for the Lantern Festival. It sounds like it would be gorgeous. Who wants to go with me in 2016?
In September/October I wrote out on a piece of paper everything available in Utah for the holidays and things we have done in the past. Then I went through and chose the ones we would do this year. And promised myself that I would set aside a lot of nights for things Tyler would enjoy. Which would be tons of movies nights and going to see the Temple Square lights with hot cocoa. He does not have very many requests.
We did book a wagon to go through the Thanksgiving Point lights, but I’m over those. I think we need a break from that tradition for awhile, and maybe we won’t ever pick it back up again. When they called to say they were canceling our ride due to the weather no one was really bummed! We were sad we couldn’t see our friends that we had invited to go with us so we had them over for a movie night instead.
We always attend the ward Christmas party. It is always beautiful and a lot of fun. This year it was an adult only ugly Christmas party. Tyler and I won something and were mortified to stand up in front of everyone. Next year we will not wear good sweaters.
The Alpine Nativity with my mom is a tradition I hope never stops. Even though the idea of live nativities are everywhere now and there is one really close to my house. I will always want to go to the one in Alpine with my mom.
Speaking of my mom we took her to Ballet West’s Nutcracker again this year. This is another tradition I don’t want to let go. Next year we will for sure start bringing Shae. I’ll have to think about Reagan.
The Lower Lights concert is actually something Tyler gets excited for and wants to go to. This year we treated ourselves by NOT bringing the kids. The parking was so terrible we missed the first 15 minutes where of course they opened with my favorite song. I wasn’t feeling very well but made myself go and was glad I did.
I tried something new this year and took the girls to the symphony. We attending a viewing of Home Alone where the symphony plays along with it. It was fun and beautiful. But man I’m not sure if I want to pay that much for a seat unless it is just the symphony highlighted. I think we will try again but with another event. Sweet Shae came along with the older girls to this one and sure was exhausted.
Abby & Cameron tried something new and did a holiday cooking class at Salt Lake Culinary Institute. They each invited a friend and had a ball. I was very impressed, this was a REAL cooking class, not just something to babysit the kids. They learned how to make some complex beautiful cookies. This is something we will do more throughout the year. I can’t wait to take a class there myself!
I think the last BIG outing we went on for the holiday season was to a CAFETERIA! It cracks me up but the only complaint (so far–I’m sure it will change) I’ve had about the girls not going to a school is missing out on the cafeteria. So I’ve been telling them for a few months that I would take them to the Lionhouse cafeteria downtown for them to experience that. They loved it. And then Reagan mooned a table nearby. And it cost 60 bloody dollars to eat there. So we probably won’t be allowed back or want to go back. Ha!
I can’t wait to share some more about the holiday season.
And I’ll have to do a whole separate post about Reagan’s first mooning as well.