16 Dec

December is a WILD month for our family. We have birthdays on the 4th, 14th, 18th and 22nd. Those dates don't include my many friends that celebrate their birthday in December with me. We always have a million dinners, parties, gatherings and to-do lists 10-miles long. I love every minute of it but it's a lot and this year my sister conveniently threw in a college graduation to the mix on the 16th. So we are making a flying (by car) trip to Kansas City. We are so proud of her and couldn't be more excited about celebrating this huge accomplishment with her.

I left my living room in disarray. It's full of Favorite Things shipments, Christmas gifts, birthday presents, talking bears, wrapping paper, double-sided tape, boxes stacked high, and a large, bright red wagon! This morning I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off but I then I finally stopped and reminded myself that it does not all have to be done right now. The giveaway items will make it to the recipients early next week, the Christmas gifts will get wrapped, we will celebrate everyone's birthdays and Jack doesn't even know what month it is, let alone that it's Christmas. So if all the things I wanted to do don't get done until next year, it's okay!

Here's the thing, it's always been a crazy time for our family! And we wouldn't have it any other way! We happen to love it that way.

We always shop together for last minute gifts on Christmas Eve.

We love watching Christmas movies together. We always laugh as if it's our first time watching or talk about the characters as if we know them in real life.

We drink champagne in the morning on holidays and special occasions.

We make homemade pizzas before midnight Mass.

We attend midnight Mass.

Our extended family gathers on the 23rd of December. This year will mark the 61st year for this tradition.

We go to the beach between Christmas and New Year.

These are just a few of the small things we do together each and every year. The small things are what create a lifetime of memories.

Annual Cookie Bake - we didn't have one this year, too much in the schedule.

Annual 23rd Family Christmas Celebration - I wish I could find one of the many pictures of Kelly and me from when we were little girls but I'm not at home so this will have to do. This is from last year.

Christmas cards are one of my most favorite things about the season. Even if I wait until the very last minute to order them and pay big bucks to get them printed and shipped to me in one day! This year's card (which has not be mailed yet, which is why I'm not sharing it with all of you like my more-prepared friends) will be a close second to the one we sent out last year. It's hard to beat our Brandyj Photography wedding pictures! But I am SO excited to get this year's card and get them in the mail on Monday.

Now with Jack, we'll continue to do the things we've always done of course but we'll add new things too. By next year, we'll be able to do more. We will celebrate St. Nicholas Day, visit Santa, make gingerbread houses, decorate cookies, trim the trees, decorate the house, take drives to admire lighted neighborhoods and teach Jack the real reason for the season, the birth of Jesus!

As for this year, Jack's big memory will be eating peas for the first time on Christmas Eve!

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  • Tracey G

    Love the card. Where did you have it made?

  • http://youandmeandbumpmakes3.blogspot.com/ MrsS

    I love that card. I’m kinda regretting not doing one this year!

  • http://houseofroseblog.com Mandy Rose

    Love this post! We look quite “younger” in that cookie bake picture! Hehe! I always love your family’s traditions and am blessed to be included in them!