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How Do You Celebrate the Holidays: macgirl

The holidays are finally here! A few lilsugar readers shared their holiday plans, traditions and pastimes with us. Thanks to macgirl for today's read!

macgirl is the proud mama of two sons, Dylan, 9 and Grayden, 11 months. She and her husband own an Apple authorized service and sales business. Since the techs are both fairly geeky, she says there's always a lot of gaming going on in their house. And, this year they added to the excitement by moving into their dream home.

lilsugar: What is the most magical part of the holiday season for your family?
macgirl: The holidays are nice as things slow down and we get a little bit more time off and can take a break from the daily grind. This year is especially magical as we are in our new home and ready to start our own traditions. One of the things we like to do on Christmas day is just have an open house invite. Food and drinks are served all day long and people can come and go as they please. It's a nice way to take away some of the pressures of having to be places by specific times. Our guests seem to enjoy it.

To hear about the hot items on macgirl's family's wishlist and a favorite festive recipe,

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lilsugar: What is the hot wishlist item in your household this year?
macgirl: Well, we cheated a bit and bought the big family gift on Black Friday. A nice flat screen Samsung TV for the living room. The boys have wishlists of their own though. Dylan is hoping to get a PSP and Grayden loves the Elmo Live. I'm sure I'll regret that one soon enough, but he just gets so excited when we visit Elmo at Target.

lilsugar: Please share your family's favorite holiday recipe and the story
behind it.

macgirl: My husband makes these amazing Apple Pancakes. They are so rich and heavy you can only eat a few before you think you're going to die.

1.5 cups self rising flour
1/2 sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 apples peeled and grated
1tsp butter

Mix the flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Beat the egg and milk
together and then pour into the flour/sugar/cinnamon bowl. After you
mix the dry and wet ingredients together stir in the grated apple.
Make them on the small side as they are incredibly dense and filling.

lilsugar: Do your children still believe in Santa?
macgirl: Dylan actually asked me a few weeks ago if Santa was real. I asked him what he thought and he got a bit flustered and said, "I just want to know the truth." It broke my heart a bit that he's growing up. Luckily I get to start this whole process over again with Grayden.

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Tech Tech 7 years
Ahh they're adorable macgirl! Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I love the casual atmosphere of stuff like that too, and having an open invite type thing all day is SUCH a great idea. We usually did that when I was a kid. Next year we have to visit my inlaws for Christmas, and they do whole sit and watch the eldest open all of their presents, then the second eldest. etc and on and on.. ugh...Just cant wait to chain back a squirmy 2 year old. I love that picture, macgirl!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I love the casual atmosphere of stuff like that too, and having an open invite type thing all day is SUCH a great idea. We usually did that when I was a kid. Next year we have to visit my inlaws for Christmas, and they do whole sit and watch the eldest open all of their presents, then the second eldest. etc and on and on.. ugh...Just cant wait to chain back a squirmy 2 year old. I love that picture, macgirl!
macgirl macgirl 7 years
Hey! Merry Christmas everyone! :-) I just love that picture of my boys. That was taken during the baby's serious phase. Always had a very serious look on his face. I think I'll make them do a photo shoot in January for their birthdays now that Gray is the happy laughing guy. ;-)
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I am gonna have to try those apple pancakes! Thanks for sharing your holiday secrets, macgirl!
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
My mom has always had an evening open house, too. It's so nice! Easy and casual, unlike my MIL's anal dressy sit-down dinner that always seems to be very uptight. When I start having my own Christmas (soon, I hope!), I think I'll have a more casual thing as well.
kia kia 7 years
happy holidays macgirlie. the open house sounds like it will be a lot of fun, especially since I suppose you were mighty preggars with the one last year.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
that's a good idea, to have an open house for Christmas
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
Mmm, those pancakes sound delicious!
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