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Holiday Traditions to Celebrate With Your Kids ~ #HolidayChill



We're getting ready for the holidays and in my household we celebrate Christmas. When I was growing up, my parents had yearly traditions that we celebrated. Caribbean Christmases are nothing like those in the US and I try and incorporate both in our lives. After all, we are considered Caribbean-American, so I like to entwine both cultures together. Christmas for us is not about the gifts that we receive, but the time that we get to spend with our family. My dad worked a full week from Monday - Saturday, while my mum stayed at home to take care of the children, help with homework, cook dinner and generally take care of the household. In the Caribbean, no one works on Christmas so my dad got to spend the entire day with us. We would all help out in the kitchen, and at dinner we sat down together and had an amazing time. I tend to do things a bit differently, now that I have my own kids. I have even incorporated a few more traditions than what I myself grew up with. Today I want to share with you a few holiday traditions that I celebrate with my own kids, and you can with yours as well. Today's conversation is made possible with the help of OshKosh B'gosh. Madison is dressed from head to toe in OshKosh B'gosh in her photos today and I even had to share a funny one. The Holidays are all about smiles and love.


Christmas as I mentioned is not all about gifts and cash, but spending time with your loved ones and I want to share five simple traditions that I do so yearly with my own children.

1. Mail holiday cards
Every year my mother would go to the store and purchase holiday cards that she would mail to family and friends. It's one of the things that I myself now do with my children and it's so easy to do. We spend so much time online and on social media and the joy of sending and/or receiving cards have since been forgotten. While you can buy traditional cards, it's also a great idea to do a holiday photo card with your kids. Get them all dressed up and take a few photos and make your own holiday cards that you can send to relatives and friends. This way they'll see how much they've grown. It's also an excuse to purchase new clothing.

2. Photos with Santa
Yes, even in the Caribbean we have Santa too, and I have taken photos with Santa yearly with my children, until they became old enough and decided it was not something that they wanted to do. However, I now have a five-year-old, who thoroughly enjoys it. It also helps that in Colorado we have a North Pole with a real Santa in residence. It's also my chance once again to get her all dressed up and ready to meet Santa and she just loves it!


3. Decorate the tree
Now this is a big one for us. I'm not a professional tree-dresser and don't particularly care about perfection. I get the entire family together and we all take a side and decorate our tree for the holidays. It's fun to see the creativity and everyone feels great after the tree is all decorated knowing that they all had a hand in bringing it to life.

4. Bake holiday cookies
While you can bake cookies all year round, holidays cookies are exceptional. Ginger snap cookies and even regular sugar cookies with sprinkles, after all, who doesn't love sprinkles? It makes your kitchen not only smell great, but they are delicious! It's when you can get together as a family in the kitchen and laugh and talk about your day. Get silly and don't forget to make Santa his very own cookie.

5. Dress up and take lots of photos
The holidays generally calls for a new wardrobe. It's the end of the year and I like seeing how much the kids have grown throughout the year. Just like you take back to school photos, consider taking holiday photos as well. Get the entire family together and take lots of photos throughout the holidays. It will also be great memories for future years. Even the silly ones as Madison took above.









When it comes to the holidays, OshKosh B'gosh has all my traditions covered in the clothing department when it comes to Madison. Currently OshKosh B'gosh only goes up to a size 14, so Madison is the only one that can currently fit the line unfortunately, but all of my kids have worn OshKosh B'gosh and it's a brand that I trust and love. It's nice to find stylish, and I stress greatly age-appropriate, yet affordable fashions for my little one. Madison is a little girl and I like seeing little girls dressed age-appropriately and OshKosh B'gosh has never once let me down with their designs. And to celebrate your own holiday traditions, I have an OshKosh coupon that is valid until December 31st. That's a lot of time to shop for your own holiday fashions. Use code OKBG3418 Online or 037264 In-Store to receive 20% off $40 or more purchase, or simply click on the coupon below and print. To find your nearest OshKosh B'gosh store, simply use their store locator and start prepping for your own holiday traditions.


For those that enjoy shopping on Black Friday, OshKosh B'Gosh has a surprise in store for you. The first 100 people to any of their stores will receive a gift card worth up to $100. This however depends on when your local store opens. If the store opens on 11/23, the dash in to win is on 11/23. If your local store is closed on 11/23, then the dash in to win event is on 11/24. Check local store listings for store hours.

The surprises doesn't end there, because I have yet another for you. Today one lucky winner will have to chance to win a $50 Gift Card to get started on your holiday shopping at OshKosh B'gosh. The winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will have 48hrs to respond to the winning email. Failure to do so will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

What are some of your own holiday traditions?



Annmarie John
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  1. I don't send out cards anymore and sadly my kids are too old for Santa photos now, but we do make LOTS of cookies together.

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  2. This is amazing! Great savings and an amazing chance. Traditions are so important.

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  3. These are some great traditions to start with your kids. They should provide lasting, cherished memories. Your daughter is so adorable!

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  4. What a beauty! You are so lucky to have such a cute model! Thank you for sharing such great ideas!

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  5. We enjoy decorating the house and tree and baking cookies.

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  6. It's so much fun to make memories with the kids for the holidays. My family always does our holiday cards together. We also listen to Christmas music while we decorate.

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  7. Holiday traditions are so important to me. Every year, we bake cookies, and we listen to Christmas music while we decorate the house.

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  8. My favorite holiday tradition is eating until I pop and then napping. It sounds selfish, but it's not a solo affair. My kids usually sack out on top of me on the couch. LOL

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  9. The holidays, starting with Halloween, are great times to make memories with your kids. Hopefully, when they begin their families, they'll carry on the tradition.

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  10. Your traditions are great and not much different from people in the US. Your daughter looks precious in her white. My son is fast growing out of Osh Kosh too unfortunately.

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  11. Your daughter is just gorgeous! I can't wait to have kids and start our own family traditions together, especially around the holidays!

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  12. I love these ideas for Christmas traditions. I've been working on a list of my own. My daughter is 1.5 years old so this is her second Christmas and this year I think she'll be way more excited about everything. These clothes are so cute, I'll have to check them out for her!

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  13. We enjoy decorating the tree each year while Christmas music is playing. I have also loved mailing holiday cards, but we didn't do that the past two years :( Perhaps this was a reminder to go do it this year! I would have loved the take a photo with Santa option, but my boys never were into that, ever :(

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  14. Taking lots of pictures is one of my favorite things about the holiday season. OshKosh B'Gosh always has the cutest winter clothes for kids!

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  15. We love Osh Kosh clothes! They are so comfy for kids and they hold up to wear and tear.

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  16. If I had kids, I would do the whole baking cookies thing - you can never go wrong with that :)

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  17. We decorate the tree, bake cookies and drive around looking at the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. I wish the kids could still wear Osh Kosh clothing!

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  18. I so wish my kids could still fit into oshkosh... I still give it as gifts though to nieces and nephews. Great quality clothing.

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  19. I love holiday traditions. They are such a fun way to celebrate the holidays. I love your photos. They are stunning.

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  20. There's nothing better than making your own Christmas traditions while also holding on to old ones. These are beautiful traditions to start with your kids! And wow, Madison is a darling! Love how she models all of the clothes!

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  21. These are gorgeous outfits for the holidays! I love our holiday traditions. I hope my kids will remember them when they are adults and think fondly of their childhood. Traditions are so important and something that will stay with kids for their lifetime.

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  22. Oh my gosh! How precious is she? Love her curls and that pink outfit is adorbs. My kids are grown now, but Osh Kosh was always my go-to brand for style and for durability. I even saved some of their outfits for when they have kids just for the fun of it. My family loves to celebrate Christmas. My favorite activity has always been reading and Advent story, listening to The Christmas Carol while traveling over the holidays or watching all the sappy Hallmark holiday movies.

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  23. We love to do all of the above, especially decorate the tree, bake cookies and go meet Santa. So definitely couldn't agree more and truly a favorite time of the year for all of us here, too :)

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  24. You list a lot of things that we make a priority every year. Baking cookies and decorating the tree are my two top favorites I look forward to.

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  25. cute! With such warm weather my kids do not get to put on the extra layers. So many more fashion ideas available with the fall and winter looks. Great picks.

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  26. These are really great deals! These ideas sound so fun and interesting! Would love to try some of these.

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  27. I adore the holidays. I try to get all of my shopping down early so I can fully embrace those holiday moments with my family.

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  28. I love love all of your ideas! Visiting Santa has to be one of my favorites and it is so fun to see my kids faces when this happens! Priceless!

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  29. This is amazing, i like the light pink outfit she wore with the bracelets, it really looks pretty.

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  30. These are all lovely traditions! I am excited about next Christmas when our baby girl will be with us, so we can start creating our own traditons! We live far from our families so I think sending cards it's a great idea!

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  31. Yes we do all of the same traditions too! It's my most favorite time of year!

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  32. Holiday traditions are what makes holidays memorable and special. Sharing them with your children will help them create their own special holiday memories throughout their lives.

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  33. Dang! She is so beautiful!! And she is stylin'. I have loved Osh Kosh clothes for my kids since 20 years ago. They are always adorable and trendy.

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  34. Great giveaway. I love all your traditions. I have always shopped for Osh Kosh clothing for my children.

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  35. My cards just came in the mail yesterday and I am so pleased! My cards came with a service and preaddressed each envelope! Woo hoo!

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  36. You know, we had never done the photos with Santa. I have no idea why?! I don't like waiting on line, I guess. Well last week I did it with Des. So early but no regrets.
    Also, Osh Kosh is the best!

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  37. I love your photos! Ad far as holiday traditions, we like to decorate the three together and watch Christmas movies.

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  38. Our favorite holiday traditions--unlimited hot cocoa at home for the month of December, Xmas music 24/7 starting day after Thanksgiving, family puts up tree together, homemade ornaments, xmas pj's on xmas eve. I love Christmas time!

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  39. We love to take our children out to the farm to pick a Christmas tree every year.

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  40. Osh Kosh makes such cute kids clothing. Loving the furry vest. I think it's great to incorporate new and old traditions into your family holidays. It's create memories your kids will have forever and can share with their kids on day.

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  41. The holidays should be all about enjoying family and friends and celebrating traditions. Gifts are nice but traditions will live long after the gifts have been outgrown or worn out.

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  42. looks like such great winter clothes for kids! so cute and comfy!

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  43. I really love Holiday traditions and I love to bake a Christmas cookies with my two boys.

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  44. On Christmas Eve my kids and I always make cookies and decorate them. After that we watch Christmas movies and enjoy the cookies!

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  45. Awe such beautiful captures! These are all such wonderful ideas!!

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  46. As a fellow Caribbean American, I completely relate to this post. I grew up in Trinidad, and gifts were a nice to have, not a must. I love your traditions that you are starting with your family. We tend to host and having a full house of over 25 people is simply amazing, fun and tiring..lol.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  47. When my kids were little we would get into the Christmas traditions alot. Not so much now. We use to make ugly sweaters as a craft project

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  48. We do all of these things and we love going to the Christmas tree farm!!

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  49. I love these ideas! Disney has been a part of many of our younger holiday traditions but as our older daughter is growing, SeaWorld is really something we look forward to for the holidays. My youngest daughter is two years old and this holiday season has been so magical for her. She is beyond excited for EVERYTHING!

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  50. Traditions are so important. My boys count down to certain times of the year because they know what we are going to be doing.

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  51. Dressing up and taking lots of photos is definitely a family tradition of mines. Every year we have a new theme. This theme is Christmas Flannel!!

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  52. Holidays are great as a kid or an adult these are aweomse ideas!

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  53. Share a meal together on Christmas.

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