This year marks the beginning of several new Christmas traditions for our little family. I want to document them lest I forget next year what we did this season!
A little background: since Matt and I are both from Effingham, we have always gone home for Christmas. For many years we didn’t even consider not going home; but the last couple, we’ve felt like it would be fun to be at our own house on Christmas, so that our kids can wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. So last year we decided that we’d start that in 2008…and it works out well because we can go home for a few days immediately after Christmas over the weekend.
While we’re both a little sad about not being there for what we’ve always done, we are really excited about the new traditions we’re hoping to create. The beauty of this is if any of it is bad, we’ll scrap it and do something else next year. But, here’s our plan:
♦ Christmas Eve Service at church (ok, this part definitely won’t be bad, and we wouldn’t scrap it even if it was!)
♦ Back home for the night, where we’re making homemade pizzas for dinner (well, partially homemade pizzas, on Boboli crusts)
♦ Reading the Christmas story from the Bible…Matt thinks it would be fun to do this by candlelight. I think that there will be more misbehavior with only candlelight, so we’ll see…
♦ Open one present, and then time for bed! The boys have matching pajamas this year…there’s no way Bennett will actually sleep in them, so I’m hoping he’ll put them on Christmas morning. Since they will be required for present-opening, I’m pretty sure he’ll oblige.
♦ Christmas morning, after presents are opened, I think we’re going to make donuts, an idea I stole from here. We made these donuts all the time growing up, and I’ve only made them once or twice with my kids simply because I never fry anything. But this will be fun….though I think we’ll skip the frosting. I can’t handle them THAT sugared up so early in the morn.
Merry Christmas, everyone. Mucho pictures to come, I’m sure. Brace yourselves.