Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Today...

Yesterday I posted about our Christmas traditions as a family while I was growing up. 

But Traditions change, people get married, move away & have babies, and new traditions evolve as new families are made! 

This Christmas my family is split across the Eastern side of the US between 3 different states.  The Parents are closing up their farm in NY, K is about to pop out a baby at any time in Florida, and J & I are staying in Mississippi.  This is the first year that there isn't anyone traveling. 

We all knew that this day would come eventually.  We each are starting our own branches of "our" family, and we each have our own family traditions to make.  I'm sure that there will be efforts made in the future for the family to all be together for Christmas.

As much as I will miss spending the holiday with my side of the family, I am so excited to start making traditions of our own.  The Mr. & I don't have any kids yet, so I realize that our traditions will begin to form even more as we have children, but this year, I am ecstatic just to get to have our own little Christmas, in our own little house. 

The only real tradition that we started this year was decorating for Christmas, and the biggest part of that was going to get a real Christmas tree.  We always had a real Christmas tree growing up, while the Mr. never had one.  Sure, it might be more cost effective to get a fake Christmas Tree, but Real Christmas trees are just so stinkin' pretty! 

We also started "stockings" for each other this year.  I made our stockings this year, and maybe next year I'll make some more stockings to match however I decide to decorate!

We'll be spending this evening with the Mr's family, and if I have my wish, the Mr & I would spend the rest of the evening watching Christmas movies until the wee hours of the morning, or however long we stayed awake for...but I can guarantee that's not going to happen as the Mr. doesn't like Christmas movies...*cough* scrouge *cough* cough*

Tomorrow morning our internal clocks will probably wake us up around 6:30.  If you ask me how our morning it go, I'll tell you that we'll open our stockings, then cook breakfast together, then open presents.  If you ask the MR. he'll tell you that we'll open our stockings, then our presents, then cook breakfast.  We'll see who wins.  If the Mr. had his way we would be taking down the Christmas tree and all the decorations tomorrow after all the presents were opened, so ya know.....

I have a feeling that I mistakenly started a "gift" tradition that I didn't intend to start.  My First Christmas with the Mr's Family I made a batch of cinnamon sticky buns to give to my now Father-in-law, and brother-in-law...And then it took them two years to get me to make them again.  Well, this year I came up with the brilliant idea to make them, and before they do their "2nd rise", freeze them and give them as gifts!  This way they can enjoy cinnamon rolls throughout the year without all the work that goes into them each time!  I'm pretty sure that this gift is going to stick around for a while, specially since my sweet nephew loves them so much that He almost bit his finger off trying to shove them in his mouth as fast as He could!

I don't know what next Christmas is going to look like for us.  2014 is going to bring about a lot of changes, changes that have been pretty scary and stressful to think about, but that's another story for another day.  I do know that I am going to savor every moment of Christmas this year because there will never be another one like it!

Merry Christmas Y'all! 


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