This Christmas season I’ve been thinking about Christmas family traditions particularly those I have with my parents, squeezing into those traditions of my Dad’s family, learning those of my in-laws and the new ones to be made with my husband.
We went on our first Alabama Christmas adventure as Mr. and Mrs. to visit with my dad and his family. Though we were not there on Christmas Day we had family Christmas dinner, exchanged gifts and enjoyed some quality family time. We played cards, ate homemade pizza and loved every minute of it. We are looking forward to celebrating many more Christmases in Alabama.
Every Christmas Eve my mom opens her house for all of the family. We sing Christmas carols, the kids open their presents from the aunts and uncles, and we eat yummy desserts. At the end of the night we light candles on a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus! After all the fun and festivities we all go to mass where we sing psalms and carols, read the word of God, and, most importantly, celebrate the birth of Jesus. After mass us kiddos go back to our parent’s house and open one gift – our PJs! We love our Christmas jammies! Mom did great this year – my husband and I got the cutest matching jammies!
Christmas morning happens at mom’s, of course. She makes breakfast for the family after everyone opens their gifts. Words cannot describe how much joy it brings me to watch my little brothers and sister open their presents! Their eyes light up with each piece of wrapping paper they tear off. Joy and excitement fill the house!
Christmas dinners are at mom’s too (unless, like this year, mom’s house gets taken over by the flu). So, this year, the husband and I enjoyed a pizza and Christmas movies before he had to go to work. (Pizza and movies may become our new thing.)
Two years now, my husband and I have gone to Fort Worth to visit and celebrate Christmas with his family. This year, of course, was our first year as Mr. and Mrs. When we got married I was blessed with an awesome mom & dad in-law, a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, a really incredible nephew, and uncle! My nephew and I made Christmas sugar cookies complete with decorations this year and last. I hope this is one that continues (even when he gets older and Aunt Lauren isn’t so cool anymore). I really enjoy the time we get to spend together.
Another in-law family Christmas tradition: Whitman’s. This tradition began with my mom-in-law’s dad. Words from my lovely mom-in-law: My dad started it for my mom. When we married, Papa started it for me. When daddy died and mom came to us for Christmas, Papa continued it. When Becky married David, it stayed with Papa and included Becky’s mom and now you. This will definitely be one that gets passed down. (I’m a sucker for family traditions and stories!) I am so honored and blessed to be part of such a special tradition.
As far as the traditions my husband and I will start, we shall see! I am so excited for what the future has in store for us! One thing we have done together is get an ornament every year. This year, my step-mom was super sweet and got us an ornament to commemorate our nuptials.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, I sat with my mom-in-law and we went through Christmas ornaments. My husband and I came home with so many ornaments from his childhood. So, naturally, with my love for family, traditions, and memories our Christmas tree next year will be filled with his childhood ornaments and mine. We will add in the ornaments we got together, and over time we will add in ornaments that our children make and are given. We are going to have the most beautiful tree!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6