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Letters to Santa

December 26, 2011

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas! I certainly feel very lucky this year! We are starting to wind down slightly after a wonderful holiday weekend. We have had a full house, lots of wonderful food, and we have all been spoiled with gifts again this year. However, one of my very favorite things about Christmas is the family traditions we have developed over the years. Growing up, my brothers and I didn’t always see eye to eye on everything, but Christmas Eve and Christmas morning were totally different. We always loved setting up the Christmas tree, we each had decorations and ornaments which we set up each year, and Christmas Eve and Christmas morning were completely governed by procedures which we had developed and perfected over the years. Each year, I still love carrying out these traditions, and for me, each tradition brings back many memories of the past Christmas celebrations we have had.

Our family is growing, and each year is slightly different as we try to accommodate various family plans and travel plans, and we missed having my sister, her boyfriend, and my niece here this year, but luckily Ben and I got to visit them last week (please ignore the big Miller beer sign behind us in the picture below), and it has been such a wonderful Christmas.

Some traditions are being modified and added…

We no longer sleep on the floor under the Christmas tree the night we bring it in. I have realized that it isn’t very comfortable to sleep on the floor.

(This picture is my younger brother and me in 1999 – I was 15 and he was 11).

We have added a white elephant gift exchange. And this year I received a Justin Bieber toothbrush which sings while I brush and some magnetic letters for writing messages on our fridge.

We now use British Christmas crackers, which you pull to open and get a small gift, a joke, and a paper crown inside. And alcoholic drinks have been a welcome addition as we’ve grown up. Especially Tom and Jerry’s drinks.

…but many other traditions haven’t changed at all.

We still go out in the woods near our house to find a Christmas tree and cut it down.

(This picture is from 1991 – my brothers were 2 and 10, and I was 6. And I think my style was very cool).

And Dad shakes it to try to get rid of any loose pine needles before we bring it in the house.

(This picture is from this year).

And we all have certain decorations and ornaments we like to hang.

(In this picture, my brother is 9 and I am 5).

We each still write a letter to Santa before bed on Christmas Eve, and leave out cookies, milk, and some carrots for the reindeer.

(This picture is from this year).

On Christmas morning, the first ‘kid’ awake goes around the house and wakes the other ‘kids’ up. Then we all go together to wake my parents and grandparents up. And then we go through our stockings, then open our gifts.

(This picture is me with my grandma when I was 8 years old).

And after gifts, we have a delicious brunch. This morning it was dairy-free homemade waffles! Yum! And then we usually get outside and do something active!

I certainly don’t want to wish the year away, but I am already looking forward to Christmas next year with everyone!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Racheal permalink
    December 26, 2011 5:56 pm

    Hi Emily! I love seeing all the old photos. I remember you guys like that. Now you seem too grown up. You look great by the way, maybe a little too skinny.
    Anyway my favorite traditions are almost the same as yours. I love finding the perfect tree, setting it up, waking up with my family with hopes of santa, eating food together, and then doing something outside as a family, sledding, ice skating, or ice fishing.

    • December 27, 2011 6:59 pm

      Hey Racheal! I’m glad you enjoyed the old pictures – I sure had fun looking through them and definitely saw some of you too. 🙂

      I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas!

  2. January 17, 2012 12:10 am

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