I’m a very traditional person. No surprise there considering how much I love routines and structure. I love my family’s traditions, specifically on holidays, and I also love learning about other people’s traditions. Even if small things differ throughout the years, our general actions and celebrations are the same. My family and I have moved multiple times but have kept our Christmases very consistent. Now, in the midst of going away to college and busy schedules it’s very calming to have something as stable as Christmas morning. If that makes any sense. For instance, every year since we were born, Santa’s gifts have been wrapped in the same exact paper and tulle bows. Purple for me and blue for my sister. We open each gift one-by-one so everyone gets to see what’s inside.
This year, we ended up “sleeping in” until 8:30 a.m. (I was still the first one awake) and had a very low-key morning in pajamas. But, most noteworthy, my super-organized dad didn’t try to clean up the garbage as we were unwrapping gifts. First time for everything.
No doubt Christmas morning will continue to change in the next few years, but it will always center around family and Jesus. Woah, a religious reference. I don’t do too many of those on the blog but know it’s a big part of my life.
Highlights from Christmas 2015
-Christmas Eve dinner and mass with cousins
-Christmas morning gift-chaos. Watching my dog open gifts may be the best thing ever.
-Wearing said matching pajamas all day (and, if you’re me, most of the next day too)
-A special breakfast. This year we had acai bowls.
-A fancy-ish, home cooked dinner eaten off Christmas china. This year we had prime rib, cinnamon roasted carrots, sautéed green beans and mushrooms (not pictured) and salad. I like Christmas food way more than Thanksgiving food, and I think I ate more than I did on Thanksgiving.
-Playing games as a family, usually it’s Rummy or Catch Phrase
-Christmas movies in the morning (Elf), basketball in the evening
-Lots of couch time
Notice no exercise or active movement. My parents went for a run as normal, but my sister and I took full advantage of a lazy PJ day. I told my parents we were playing a game called “how little can we move today?” I dare you to challenge us. Normally I feel up for some sweat on Christmas but not this year. No big deal.
Christmas goes by in a blink every year but it’s never not magical. However, after we finished opening gifts I *might* have declared it my birthday. Every year I have five days to get excited for my birthday (it’s on the 30th) so I need to take advantage of every minute.
I hope you and your family had an equally marvelous day!
*Linking up to MIMM*