Yep. I didn’t post anything yesterday even though I said I was going to write every day because, well, I was busy just enjoying the season and all of the traditions we have shared with our kids over the past 18 years.
(HOLY COW! 18 years!)
When I was a little girl I remember my family sharing traditions like baking cookies, decorating the tree, caroling, and lighting the Advent candles each night.
As I became a mom, I knew I wanted to share those same traditions with my kids as well as build on the wonderful holiday season with more family time and create memories the kids could hold close forever.
I am certain we have been successful in doing that.
Every year, from Thanksgiving day until New Years Eve we try to make as many days as possible all about family.
It has definitely gotten a little harder finding the time as the kids have gotten older but we do what we can and make every day we get as full as we possibly can.
We watch lots of Christmas movies , decorate a gingerbread house, visit Santa, bake and decorate cookies, attend church, light our Advent wreath, hide the elf, and as a family we all go together and choose our tree and decorate it together.
Last night we watched Christmas Vacation, a family favorite.
And, I know full well that it’s not necessarily appropriate for Emma to watch (we turn the volume down when Clark goes on his tirade) but she loves it, especially the scene with the squirrel.
So, Russ made popcorn for the kids and after some arguments about who would sit where, we settled in, under blankets, fireplace going, and watched the movie.
Emma sat next to me, as she always does, and as the movie began, she snuggled closer and said,” Mommy, this is my favorite, watching this movie with you. I just love Christmas.”
Me too, Emma
Tonight, after a day of baking LOTS of chocolate chip cookies with my new and early Christmas Present from Russ, a Kitchen Aid mixer , we are watching The Polar Express and having cookies and hot chocolate.
And I am loving it.