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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl...  (More)

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Celebrating all month long

Uploaded: Dec 14, 2016
As Christmas quickly approaches, I (like many parents) am trying to keep our kids' focus on spending time together and creating memories rather than solely on the gifts they will receive. From the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade to the Holiday Train to the reindeer at the California Academy of Sciences, there is always something festive going on.

As a kid, I don't remember Christmas festivities lasting all month long. We put up a tree and rehearsed for various celebrations at church, but most of my Christmas memories as a child are from actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My grandparents leaving soot footprints by the fireplace so my brother and I would think Santa had come. And spending the day opening presents, talking, and eating a fancy meal together.

Maybe it's because holidays with young kids don't always go as planned. Kids get sick, tired, hungry or just have "off" days. Or maybe it's because pregnancy is similarly making my own energy-level and mood a bit less predictable this year. But by celebrating throughout the month, rather than waiting for one specific day, our family's been able to create holiday memories together even with the ups and downs that come with pregnancy and little ones.
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Posted by Idea, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Dec 14, 2016 at 9:32 pm

This is one of our favorite things. Bethlehem AD in Redwood City runs December 21, 22 and 23 from 6.00 - 9.30 pm 1304 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. Entrance is free. This is a reenactment of the first Christmas in a village setting complete with Roman Centurions, King Herod, Magi, Hebrew School, Folk Dancers, Roman Tax Collectors and Census Takers, animals, Angels and of course the Manger scene, and more. The performance is ongoing for 3 1/2 hours so come and visit and take as long as you like in the village. The line may be long but there's lots to keep you interested while you wait. Did I say entrance is free? Here's the promotional video from 2010, but the details are the same.Web Link

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Dec 14, 2016 at 11:31 pm

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Idea - Thank you so much for sharing info about Bethlehem AD. I hope you have a wonderful time going this year.

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Posted by Idea, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood,
on Dec 20, 2016 at 10:27 am


Over 18,000 views! Is this a record for your blog?

Hopefully lots of people share my idea above and enjoy reading what you have to say.

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Posted by Cheryl Bac, a Almanac Online blogger,
on Dec 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

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Idea - I think it's close. Thanks for being a reader!

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