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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