Thursday, January 6, 2011

"TRADITION, TRADITION"




As I have read some of your blogs I have enjoyed seeing what other people's Christmas traditions are. I guess the biggest tradition for me is GOING HOME every year for Christmas. In 37 years I have only not been there on Christmas morning 2 times. Once I went to Oregon in December but had to come home early because Matt had a business trip the day after Christmas. The other time I had just gone for Round Up in September and couldn't turn around and go back for Christmas. Going to grandma's IS Christmas for my kids. Another tradition, we ALWAYS make gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve day (which Jenny had the ingenious idea to hot glue together this year), get Papa Murphys for dinner and have the children act out the nativity. Oh yah, the treats. We have LOADS of treats that get made on Christmas Eve day and they are fair game once Christmas Eve hits. We even let the kids get up and eat whatever they want on Christmas morning. I have noticed it's us grown up girls and the kids who eat the treats mostly. I don't see the husbands hovering over the treat plates. However, I did manage to catch Bill in the treats this year. Everybody congregates at my mom's about 6:30 a.m. and the present opening frenzy begins. After that, BREAKFAST, and no we don't cook. We go OUT to breakfast in our Christmas pj's. Our family totally fills a banquet room.
I am so thankful for a husband who is game to make this excruciating trip each year, parents who put up with our lengthy stay, siblings who loan us cars so we don't have to rent them, everyone for transporting us to and from the airports. It takes a major effort to pull this trip off each year.

7 comments:

zauggzoo said...

AWW...that makes me miss youguys. I can't believe that Christmas was almost two weeks ago, doesn't even seem possible! What a cute group of kids (yes, even the little mischevious Elsie- she does look like she's up to something in the Nativity one). Thanks for sharing the pictures, can't wait to see what else you have!

jessica said...

Yay for Christmas and families! I love seeing all those kids...how did we become the grown ups?

Sara said...

What fun memories you are building with your kids. They will remember them forever!

Jai said...

Oh gosh, I LOVE Alex's house. He did such a great job!

Mel said...

WOW...I haven't been "home" for years...I think that is great you can still do that. SOunds like fun. Glad you had a great Christmas!

Jenni said...

I know I had a great time when I got to spend Christmas day with your family!

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