If you know me at all, whether we are new friends or old, you know that I love Christmas. Love it love it love it! I love how the weather changes (well is SUPPOSED to change, Texas doesn't always get that memo). I love to see the twinkling of Christmas lights as I drive past people's homes or walk past stores. I love the beautiful decorations that people adorn their homes with. I love the spirit of giving that people catch and the way it feels to watch someone you love open a gift that you picked out just for them. I love sipping on apple cider and hot chocolate and making cookies with my children. I love visiting with friends and family and just enjoying being together. Do you get it? I love Christmas and everything about it!
I don't have a ton of memories of Christmas traditions from when I was little, but I have a few. Like leaving cookies and milk for Santa every Christmas Eve. Waking up early on Christmas morning to see what Santa had brought me. Going around my dad's house and finding things he already owned and wrapping them up and putting them under the tree for him; hey, maybe he didn't notice? Having a stocking full of goodies (never without an orange, apple, chocolate/peanut butter truffles--so THAT'S where my addiction comes from, thanks Dad--and crazy fun little trinkets). Btw at my Dad's house I still have the same stocking I had as a child, and I love it. I'm sure there were more things that my parents did, but those are the main things I remember.
Now that I have children of my own, I am trying really hard to start traditions with them at Christmas. Watching the movie "Elf" is a must
Since tonight is our Christmas Eve, I am planning for us to bake and decorate cookies for Santa and make sure we leave him and Jingles (our elf) a special letter. I saw some cute ideas on Pinterest about leaving "Santa footprints" and "Reindeer food"
I hope everyone has the most amazing Christmas ever. We will be going non-stop from this evening through Christmas day, so hopefully the kids behave and
Are there any traditions you remember from your childhood that you loved?
What kinds of traditions do you have with your family now?
Anything I didn't mention that you think I *must* do with my family?