Sunday, December 23, 2012

There's No Time To Waste There's So Much To Celebrate

    The title of this post was taken from the song Believe by Josh Groban.

      My mom gave a talk today in church on family traditions and this got me thinking about our family traditions, especially during the holidays. Growing up we would wake up early on Christmas morning and mom would fix a big breakfast for us. We had to wait for Grandpa to come over and then we all ate breakfast together. Then dad would let us pick one gift from our pile and we would each unwrap a gift one at a time. Dad would video us as we opened our first gift and then he would tell us to jump in and we would make a mad dash for the tree to open everything else. After we were done we would go to West Virginia to visit my mom's family. We would spend the day there and then drive home. Now that we are older our family gets together on Christmas Eve and we have dinner and open gifts. Once Mike and I were married, his mom, sister, and brother always came to visit on Christmas Day and we would exchange gifts and visit. We would then visit Mike's dad the day after Christmas.
     I've always kept the tradition of having the kids eat breakfast before opening gifts and then they each open one gift as I video them.  John wants to start giving the kids one present to open on Christmas Eve so we will start that this year. This year we have a bigger house so, for the first time, we are hosting my family's Christmas Eve get together. I'm pretty excited about it.  I have ideas for things I want to do next year. I've always wanted to have Christmas cards made with a family picture on them and I'm hoping we can start that next year. 
     The kids and I are visiting Mike's dad tomorrow and we will see everyone else on Christmas. The day after Christmas we are flying to Arizona to spend a week with John's family. I haven't met his mom or dad yet so I can't wait. I am so grateful for my family and for the time I will have to spend with them this year. 

What are your Christmas Traditions?

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