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It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Thoughtfully penned on November 28th, 2007 and generally concerning Christmas Time, E, Family, Goals, Legacy, Of games and good things

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are happily gearing up for Christmas.

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I’m not sure exactly why it ranks above Thanksgiving or Easter or even Fourth of July, but I’ve always loved the Christmas season. There is something about the lights and the decorations, the wrapped packages and spirit of giving, the music and the traditions that make me smile.

Matt and I try not to get mired in the stress that the season can bring, and we try to stay focused on the real reason for Christmas instead of focusing on the consumerism that society fosters. Now that Little is getting old enough to participate (although still very limited participation) it is time to begin creating family traditions that she will carry through life just as we carry those of our families. What exactly will this entail? I’m not sure yet.

We started with a decision to stay home this year for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (we’ve traveled to family every Christmas since Matt and I began dating); we will miss celebrating with our extended family, but this is what we want for the future of our family (and what better time to start than the present?). We will attend a Christmas Eve worship service either at our church or another church in our area. We will try to begin instilling in her from an early age an appreciation that Christmas is a season set aside to reflect on the birth of Jesus and what that means to us as individuals, family, and beyond. We will decorate our Christmas tree and our home. We (or at least Momma) will bake goodies for us to enjoy and to share with our friends and neighbors. We will attend and host Christmas parties. We will give and receive gifts. We will incorporate traditions from my childhood and from Matt’s childhood with new ideas and activities to create a Christmastime that is specific to our family.

This is a new phase we are entering into with the holidays, and it will be fun to see how our ideas, activities, and traditions unfold through the years to come. Now we’ve just gotta get the tree up so the season can truly begin!

I would love to hear some of the special Christmas traditions that your family has created if you would like to share in the comments.

Noise from the peanut gallery

  1. We’ve only been married 4 years so we’re still “in the midst” of creating traditions, if you will, but we do stay home and celebrate with just our immediate family and invite friends over if they are here alone for the holidays. I spent many years (like you) when I was single flying all over the place to be with people. On Christmas Eve we attend church, come home and eat all kinds of great appetizers and dips (as opposed to a big meal). We buy the kids (and ourselves) Christmas pajamas and we open those Christmas Eve night (and wear them to bed). The next morning we have breakfast (always including cinnamon rolls) then open gifts. We lounge around in our (new!) pj’s as long as we want. We take turns opening gifts so everyone can see (and learn to appreciate) giving and receiving. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy some of your own traditions, too!

  2. Of course you know the traditions I grew up in and I’m sure you’ve read the traditions of Hubbie in some of my posts…. I am glad that you are finally deciding to stay at home. A move I’m sure you and Bubba are ready to make…and I’m sure a hard one! We love y’all!

  3. Part of our Christmas tradition is seeing extended family, but we are always home on Christmas Eve night. I think my favorite part is just being together with the lights on (and maybe eating a few of Santa’s cookies). :) My parents are usually here visiting, and my Dad always writes the kids a note from Santa. My Favorite Boy thinks it is so neat to get a note from Santa, but I think the notes will be extra special one day when he realizes who really wrote them!

  4. Sydni has decided to ask Santa every year for something personal. She always leaves the request with a special picture she has drawn for him. Last year she asked for a bell from his sleigh which wasn’t so hard to provide, but this year she has asked for a “real” picture of Rudolph. I will come up with something I am certain as I know our “SANTA” days are limited… Maybe 1 or 2 more if I am lucky. We also do the new pajama thing which is a real treat!