Monday, December 3, 2012


Boy and I are getting our Christmas tree tonight, and this will be my first real tree since living in my parents’ home.  Now don’t get me wrong, I had my fair share of fake trees in college dorms and community houses, but a real tree in my own home . . . to say I’m ecstatic would be an understatement.  Growing up, my mom put up eight (that’s right, 8!) Christmas trees in our home. When I told Philip this, his jaw dropped, and I think he was slightly terrified of what traditions could transpire in the coming years.  I don’t plan on setting up eight Christmas trees, but I do love many of the traditions my parents introduced to us children, and I am so looking forward to creating traditions of our own. Here are some traditions from my childhood . . .

*Baking oodles of cookies and giving them as presents to our friends and extended family

*Attending our church’s candlelight service on Christmas Eve

*Putting on a ‘talent show’ at our family’s Christmas gathering. My mom always made my sister and I play carols on the piano, which I publicly hated, but secretly loved.  

*Reading the story of Christ’s birth as we sipped coffee and hot cocoa in the wee hours of Christmas morning before opening gifts

What are some of your holiday traditions?

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