Christmas Traditions

The Christmas Traditions We've Made So Far in Our Marriage

As the most wonderful time of the year swirls around us, and Christmas week becomes a reality instead of a daydream, I find us embracing our family’s “Christmas Traditions.”  My husband and I say we are “creatures of habit” because it is just so true about us, but it especially becomes apparent around the holidays.:)  I’m sure we’ll add traditions to our Christmas repertoire over the years, as this is only our second Christmas married, but I already love the few we have started!

I guess decorating the house, gift giving, and a special family dinner are so embedded in the concept of Christmas Day celebration that we can’t necessarily count those as part of our “traditions.” haha  But they definitely make up a big part of this season for us.  I’m sure they do for you too!

But one thing we add when it comes to presents is that we have a gift-wrapping marathon and try to get everything wrapped in one day.  This one basically evolved from our propensity to procrastinate…but I guess you just have to embrace reality sometimes. 🙂 It is pretty fun, and we make it even more fun with Christmas music and little breaks in between to guess what each other have wrapped.   It’s one of our few little family traditions, and I look forward to it during the present-shopping period of the season!

A tradition we are trying to start this year is making a gingerbread house.  *Don’t tell Santa but…*  I’ve never actually MADE a gingerbread house.  The farthest I got was making big slabs of ginger cookies one Christmas as a teenager.  They never materialized into a house, as we ended up going on a trip for Christmas.  But they made excellent fuel for the road.haha

Maybe another tradition we will try down the road is opening up a gift on Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass.  I know sometimes people use that as an opportunity to gift pajamas for Christmas morning (and photos) the next day.  Is there any traditions that you want to try?  What are your family Christmas traditions?

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I just thought I would kick off my first day of meeting my goal by sharing what those goals are!

As I mentioned in my last post, which was also my first-ever post, I want to try my hand at blogging.  I have tried before, but I did it all wrong.  I purchased a domain, signed up for a yearly plan, and jumped headfirst into the confusing world of blogging (um…only confusing if you are me).  But after a month of tutorials, phone calls, and forgetting all my passwords and usernames, I shut down my blog and called for a refund.  Side note–I didn’t even post a single article.

The rest of the year, I gave myself credit for having “tried” the whole blogging thing.  But every year we are supposed to grow in wisdom, right?  So by the end of the year, after reexamining my “efforts” I came to terms with the fact that what I had been doing in January was everything except blogging.  I tried to design a banner, I played with fonts, I tried to come up with a trademark phrase…you name it, I did it.  Except post an article.  Somehow I got way too caught up with the concept of blogging to actually do the most basic step–blog an article.

So you can imagine what my goals are now.  🙂

I’m going to try to blog.  Every day.  If I can publish one post every day for one month, I will consider myself to have really “tried.”  And if I can actually do it, and like it, then I will finally earn the title of blogger in my mind.   I might tinker with the fonts or post some photos for fun, but my main focus will be content, content, content.  I want to put out something readable every day, and hopefully, you’ll like it.  Hopefully you’ll leave comments about what else you’d like to hear about.  And hopefully you have a blog too, because if I love anything as much as writing, it would be reading. 🙂

What are your goals for the month?  The year?  ….Too soon for yearly goals? 🙂    I’ll ask again in January. haha

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Keep Calm and Blog On

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I originally intended to start this blog at the beginning of 2015.  And now it is December and 2015 is coming to a close.  But timelines aren’t as important as deadlines, right?  The process can be just as important as the product.  And I wouldn’t trade the move, dog adoption, pregnancy, and birth of my little baby girl for any kind of blog success.  But now that life finally slowed down (or maybe I just got used to balancing such a wonderful life), I’m ready to keep calm and carry on with my plan to blog.  I don’t know how well this is going to go, but that doesn’t matter either.  I will start small and dream big and we will see where this takes us.

Merry Christmas!


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