One of my favorite seasons has arrived. It’s the holidays! These next few weeks, EVERYONE is in such a better mood. There is definitely holiday cheer being spread around. Or perhaps it’s the eggnog. Whatever it is, keep it going! (Or keep it flowing!)
During the season of Christmas, I like to reminisce and think about some of my favorite holiday traditions.
1. Baking Peanut Butter Blossoms. My mom and I used to bake these together when I was a little girl. I was always in charge of unwrapping the Hershey Kiss from the silver wrapper. I probably ate half of the Kisses before I was done, but what’s a girl to do? Now, Seth is in charge of unwrapping, while I prep everything else.
2. Going to plays with my mom and sister. Each year, the three of us get dressed up, go out to a nice dinner and see a performance. We are so lucky, because the Twin Cities has one of the best theater systems around. This year, we will be seeing The Sound of Music at The Ordway.
3. Setting up my gift wrapping station. I dedicate an 8 foot table and our entire spare bedroom to wrap presents. Side note: If you need some great quality wrapping paper, buy it at Costco. It comes in packs of four, the paper is thick, and it doesn’t rip easily.
4. Watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
“Why’s the carpet all wet, Todd?”
“I don’t know, Margot!”
Enough said. If you have never seen this movie, do yourself a favor and buy it.
5. Going to Christmas Eve service at church. My favorite song we sing is a rock version of “Joy to the World.” It makes my heart so happy when I hear this song. I love seeing the little kids dressed up in their holiday dresses, anticipating the arrival of Santa. Everyone is in such great spirits on this special night.
6. Picking out an ornament for Seth. Every year, we buy each other a meaningful ornament. Seth has bought me some really awesome ornaments, like this one from a few years ago:
I bought Seth this guitar last year, as a throwback to his rock band days:
7. Getting together with my high school friends. Because we live all over the map, the holidays are the perfect time to catch up with each other. We have done everything from sleepovers at hotels to fancy dinners downtown.
8. Sleeping by the Christmas tree. The original plan for this tradition was to sleep the entire night out by the Christmas tree. I don’t think that we have ever made it passed two hours. And now that we have wood floors instead of carpet, it might be closer to 30 minutes this year. But it is so cozy to lie down by your tree and look up at the lights. Dixie takes full advantage of this and is down there every day.
“Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof!”
“Little Mo with the gimpy leg.”
10. Seeing my families on both sides. On Christmas Eve, we visit my dad’s side of the family at my Grandpa’s house, go to church, and spend the evening with Seth’s family. On Christmas Day, we see my mom’s side of the family, followed by an evening with my mom and sister. It’s a lot of running around, but it is probably two of my favorite days of the year.