It's a Wonderful Life…

with the Mace family.

Christmas

We hope everyone had a great Christmas!  The boys surely did, seeing as they were spoiled by grandparents:)  We lounged around playing with toys all day and watched a movie as we ate dinner.  (What a treat!)  It has come to my attention that you don’t really know our family traditions.  I am going to walk you through what we have established as a family to be our traditions.

Here are a few of the things we do in preparation for Christmas.  We don’t really have a day when we put up the tree specifically.  When we do put it up, the boys get to help decorate by hanging all the ornaments.  Then they get to hang some sign,s or decorations that we have, around the house.  It stays where they put it, and while I will never have a house decorated well enough to be in a magazine, I have two boys who love to help make the house pretty.  Oh, and we listen to Christmas music all the while.  In years past we have made Christmas cookies, but this year it really got away from us.  But not to worry, with cookies from grandma and cookies as a church gathering, the boys ate their fill.  We also watch as many Christmas cartoons as possible over the next few weeks.  The past two years we have been limited to Netflix, but it has not let us down.

Christmas Eve begins our traditions.  That evening, after dinner, we open a few gifts from Momo (my mom) that contain pajamas.  This was something my mom did with us as my sister and I were growing up and it still continues.  Then we get in the car, in our pj’s (yes, even Nate and I) and go out looking at Christmas lights.  This is something my dad did with my sister and I when he moved up in ’95.  I honestly am not sure if we did this as kids.  However, I loved it.  With Christmas music playing in the car, we would drive around and enjoy all the beautiful lights people put up.  Our boys enjoy it too, though not for too long of a time.  This year we lasted an hour and saw some beautifully done houses.  Once we come home, it’s off to bed for the boys.  Later that night, Nate and I carry all the gifts down and put them under the tree.  The look on their faces in the morning is priceless!

Christmas morning begins when the kids wake up.  We gather around the tree and read the Christmas story, the birth of Jesus.  After this, Nate plays ‘santa’ passing out the gifts while I ask the boys to show me what they got, pose, and take their picture.  Without family around, the rest of the day is playing with new things, enjoying each other, and eating a nice meal.

I know, it doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but you have to be here.  We all enjoy it and I really think that’s what matters.

After Christmas, we celebrate Three Kings Day on Jan 6th.  This is a tradition from Nate’s family.  When asked about the why, Nate replied,”It’s something my dad did.  It’s a Spanish tradition.”  Good enough for me!  We give the boys one gift each in celebration of Three Kings Day.  That’s it, nothing super special but the delight on our children’s faces!

The year is about to end, so this is my last post of the year.  But do not fret, there will be more next year!  So Happy New Year to all.  May God bless you and keep you.

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Nate

My interview with Nate.  Hopefully this gives you some insight into who Nate is.

What is you favorite food?  Sushi

What is your favorite color? Grey

What is your favorite toy?   My guitar

If you had to eat a rotten peach or a slug, which would you choose?  Slug.

What is the best thing about Washington?  Everything.  Really?  The weather, the atmosphere and I like the people.

What is the worst thing about Washington?   Umm, the worst thing……. I don’t know.  Let me come back to it.

 Is there anything you have that is special to you?  My wife’s love.  Wow, you are kissing up.  I am not kissing up, I speak truth.

What do yo like to do? Watch movies.  That’s it?  Play music, hang out with my wife?  Chuckle.  I like to work, I like my job.

What is something you are excited about?  Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know umm…… Is there nothing you are excited about?  I am thinking.  I am thinking.  I am excited about the new Hobbit movie coming out.

If we could have a pet, what would it be and why? Umm, I like dogs.  Wow, our child gave better answers than this.  I do, I like dogs.  I like bulldogs.  I want that dog, a Black Russian Terrier, because they are hypoallergenic, good with kids and a good guard dog.

If you could go anywhere, where would it be? Umm…  You say umm a lot by the way.  I want to go to Hawaii, I want to go to Greece.  Why Greece?  We know why Hawaii.   Why?  I want to see the islands, the water, and I like the food.  I think it would be a cool place to take my wife.  If she would be willing to go.  What’s with all this wife stuff?  What? I love my wife.  Just tell her next time you see her.

Do you like movies?  Yes What movies do you like?  Sci-fi and fantasy, that includes the superhero genre.  Is that it?  That’s my favorites yeah.

 I hope you enjoyed this.  We have one more for the family, and that’s me.  I will probably have Nate do the interview.

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25 days of Christmas.

With the Christmas season upon us, we have already started decorating and preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ.  This year we are doing things a little differently.  As a family, we are striving to bless others for 25 days.  Every day we will seek to bless someone until Christmas day. Some will be intentional, and others will be random.  The boys have already made a list of some people they are wanting to bless.  We are trying to teach the boys that Christmas is about giving, not getting.  It’s ultimately about the gift Christ gave us, and how we can give  to show His love.  The boys are excited about this and have started early making things for those they have chosen.  We also plan to let them in on some of the random blessings, with a little guidance so they learn how to find others to bless.  While I know you all can’t do 25 days of blessing people, I urge you to find one person this Christmas season to bless.

Update:  We did 22 of 25 days!  I am impressed as this was something we had to work at since it is not part of our normal routine.  We really had to remind ourselves daily.  As we start a new year, I am hoping to work on this as a family.  If we can be more aware of those around us, we will see the needs of people and perhaps be able to meet some of them.

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