Does this pretty much summarize your December? Mine, too. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were time right now, in this busy season, to stop and talk with some friends? Get to know them a little better? Sounds good to me!
To that end, the wonderful Amanda is hosting one of her "Dishing It!" parties today, and she's invited us all over for a chat.
Amanda's first question is, "Do you have any specific traditions that your family looks forward to each Christmas?"
Good heavens! Do we have traditions?! This is the 20th Christmas since we first had children, and we've built lots of fun traditions over the years. To tell the truth, I didn't realize just how much these traditions had sunk in until my boys were old enough to start asking for them by name:
When are we going to hang the stockings?
When are we going to make fudge?
When are you going to put up the decorations?
Are we going to have sausage balls on Christmas morning?
Are you going to get us new pajamas for Christmas?
What time is the Christmas Eve service?
One year I asked whether they really wanted to do one of these things, and my middle son answered, "We have to! It's tradition!"
So we hang the stockings. . .
and make fudge--six pounds of chocolate, six pounds of peanut butter. . .
and deck the halls (click here if you want to know why we always use magnolia leaves). . .
and, every Christmas Eve, we make sausage balls to eat on Christmas morning. Then we go to the Christmas Eve service at church--one of my favorite services all year. After we come home, I give the boys each a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve. That way, they'll be dressed in their new jammies for the Christmas morning pictures!
These and many others make up our Christmas traditions. What about yours? How does your family celebrate at this special time?