We don't have too many established traditions as of yet.
At least, not much that is very original.
At the beginning of December, we start doing our little advent calendar.
We have a Bible verse in each daily drawer, pertaining to Christ's birth.
And, we usually have some little treats, too.
I generally don't like to go shopping in December.
But, Scott & I always take a short time to go out with just each other
& get a few things for the kids' stockings.
We have given each of the kids a special ornament from us, for each Christmas.
This year, I blew that one a bit. I let them play with their ornaments
& they have become toys instead.
On Christmas Eve afternoon/evening we open any presents
that came in the mail from out of towners.
We have a nice meal. So far we are going with the seafood theme.
After dinner, we open our stockings.
We don't get good pictures. That is a definite holiday tradition.
We are always too caught up in the excitement & mayhem.
It just doesn't happen.
Early Christmas morning, we pack up & head to my parents - kids still in PJs.
We open stockings there, & presents & my Dad makes breakfast.
We hang there until meltdown/naptime.
Then we go back for dinner.
And, we don't remember to take pictures of any of it.
A new tradition that we are beginning this year is the stocking note of hopes.
Check out this blog post. I love the idea!
We will write notes tonight or tomorrow before everything gets put away.
This morning we embraced the camera, along with all these folks.
We did a little photo shoot this morning, prior to our Christmas take-down.
Gillian is frowning in most, because Christmas is over.
Each time the photo was taken, though, she ran over,
crazy-silly, trying to see what a funny girl she was in each picture.
And, take down took a bit of a downward turn.
Gillian thought she should see what happened
when she turned the screws in the tree stand.
Everything crashed on the ground. What do you know?
I wasn't laughing.
We only had one casualty, though. Which is pretty amazing.
Most of our ornaments are delicates.
I love this ball.
But, we still have 2 more.
So, I was able to not have a total meltdown.
Tomorrow is the last day of 2010. That seems crazy.
Oh. Our New Year's Eve tradition is not staying up until midnight & not partying.