Happy InDePeNdEnCe DaY from The Suede Sofa! As we celebrate our FrEeDoM we thought we would share our thoughts on what America means to us.
Robyn: Living in New Jersey, America to me is having the opportunity to take my kids to Ellis Island and show them where my great grandparents became United States citizens, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and catching a Broadway play all in one day! Then hopping in the car and in an hour or so putting our feet in the sand and soaking up the sun on the same beach that my grandparents took my mom to 60 years ago!
Nicholas’ first trip to see The Statue of Liberty
Abby at Chadwick Beach New Jersey!
Selling lemonade at the beach!
Lara: America to me is continuing my husband’s 5th generation farm legacy of helping feed America and the world.
Garrett and Leanne 2012
Red, white & blue waffles!!
Family fun cooling down at the pool!!
We thought Rodney Atkin’s song, It’s America was perfect to kick off our 4th of July…we hope you enjoy it too!
We love to hear from our readers. Leave your comments and let us know what America is to you!
Happy 4th of July!!
Belgium St. Nicholas
Four years ago when my son was a baby, I started a TrAdItIoN that families around the world have been doing for ages. December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas was known for his GeNeRoSiTy to those in need and his love for children.
Italian St. Nicholas
In many European countries, on December 5th, the eve of St. Nicholas Day children leave their ShOeS outside of the bedroom doors and wait for St. Nicholas to leave them a surprise. I have my children do the same thing with their favorite shoes and I love to see their excitement when they wake up in the morning to find that St. Nicholas has visited our home. I feel this is a great way to “KiCk OfF” the holiday season and teach my children about a Saint who was so giving to little ones like themselves. You can read more about St. Nicholas at www.stnicholascenter.org.
What family traditions do YoU do to start the holiday season? We LoVe to hear from our readers so please share your stories!
My son's first St. Nicholas Night 2007
St. Nicholas Night 2010 – Let’s hope my son Nicholas has a better day this December 5th so he doesn’t have to get another letter and underwear in his shoes!