Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Traditions

Traditions.  We want to have some in our family.  Deciding what they are going to be is the hard part!  Now that James is starting to understand and enjoy these festivities, we tried to get them started this year.  Since we were in Indiana at the end of December, we made an early weekend our "Christmas Eve" in Savannah as a family.  We each opened one present, which happened to be some super comfy pajama pants that I made for us all (thank you Pinterest!), had some yummy snacks, and snuggled up on the couch to watch the Polar Express.  We were amazed at how mesmerized James was at the movie...he didn't take his eyes off the screen the entire 2 hours! 
Then Christmas morning I made my mom's caramel rolls, we opened presents and had a fun day together playing with all our new toys!  Maybe next year we'll start some additional things to incorporate the true meaning of Christmas a little more.  I have vivid memories of my parents having us do kind things for each other, writing them down at the end of the day onto pieces of "straw" paper, and making Jesus' manger full of love and kindness...stuff like that.  I want to do an advent devotion where we light the candles each night and read scripture together.  Still not sure how much we're going to promote the "Santa" thing, but we'll play it by ear!  Anyway, we did have a wonderful time together as our little family of three and know our traditions will develop over time. 

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