24 Days of Christmas: Day 23

We did something simple today. We had pancakes for dinner. It’s a fun treat because it’s not something we would normally have for dinner. The kids really enjoyed the added twist.

They weren’t just any pancakes. They were Christmas pancakes. I made snowmen, reindeer and Santa pancakes for the kids. I used chocolate chips, strawberries and whipped cream for the final touches.

I don’t think they looked that great. I’m no artist. The whipped cream was melting (because I didn’t think about letting the pancakes cool down first) and the chocolate chips were sliding off for the same reason. They sure were tasty though!

The kids didn’t care that they weren’t perfect. They loved eating the fun shapes. They gobbled up what was on their plates and made requests for other Christmas shapes.

Not too long ago, I was one of the moms who looked at DIY ideas and thought “I can’t do stuff like that.” And if you don’t try, it’s true, you can’t.

Eventually, I started seeing things that I thought looked super easy. I started trying them. Crafts, meals, even things like cleaning and organizing hacks. And you know what? They ARE easy.

Then I started doing things that were a bit more challenging, took a bit more effort. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they don’t turn out at all like I wanted, but they are fun, or tasty or whatever they were meant to be and I decide to tweak it and try again or scrap it and try something completely different the next time.

My point is this: If you don’t try, you won’t succeed.

Were my pancakes perfect? God no. Are they worthy of a facebook status? Probably not. Did the kids enjoy them? Yes, very much so. I might even try them again sometime.

It’s good to try new things. It’s good to get out of your comfort zone. It’s better to have your children see you do those things. Maybe they will grow up thinking anything is possible, because you gave them that attitude through your actions when they were little.


If you missed some of the series check out the links below, and don’t forget to follow along right up to Christmas!

Introduction: Why we are doing a family advent calendar

Day 1: Santa’s Anonymous

Day 2: Decorating the Tree

Day 3: Visit Santa at the Mall

Day 4: Family Movie Night

Day 5: Sock Snowmen

Day 6: The Ferris Wheel

Day 7: Diabetes Disaster and Fun with Paint

Day 8: Treats for the Teachers

Day 9: Colouring with the Family

Day 10: Christmas Cards?

Day 11: School Movie Night

Day 12: Gingerbread House

Day 13: The Train Ride

Day 15: Baking Cookies

Day 16: Trip to the Fire Station

Day 17: Festival of Trees

Day 18: Gingerbread Houses at Laurel Point Inn

Day 19: Horse-drawn Trolley Ride

Day 20: Skating with Santa

Day 21: Our Nothing Day

Day 22: Presents at Grandpa’s Place

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