I absolutely love the Christmas season. Granted, I tend to find myself with too much to do and not enough time (which often means I just give up and say "oh well!"), but the music, the colors, the lights and decorations and cookies and ... everything just makes me happy. Well, except for maybe the annoying advertising campaigns for stores I don't visit or products I don't want.
As for traditions...this year marks the beginning of NEW traditions in our family! My sister and her husband had their first child (a girl) last week, and since they won't be traveling anywhere for the holiday, we decided that it was a good time to start our own little family Christmas as well. My parents are completely okay with this, as are my in-laws (who pretty much have to be okay with this, since they live about 800 miles away). I'm really looking forward to it. Last year I purchased a special plate and mug for Santa's cookies and milk, and although our little one won't quite "get it" yet, I'm excited to start! But I'm envisioning a nice, low-key day, a few gifts, some food, and probably napping. hehehe As she gets older, it will be fun to involve her more in decorating, baking, and other things....
When I was a child, Christmas was usually just my parents, my sister and me. We might head over to my adopted grandparents' house if the "aunts and uncles" were going to be there, and that was always fun. Now that I'm older I understand that it was total chaos, but as a kid it was great! And I'll always remember the big dinner at the dining table - or kids' table, once there were enough of us. I can still hear my grandad saying grace - ..."bless this food and the hands that prepared it..." Gramma and Grampa moved to a smaller home in the late 1990's and then he passed away in 2004, so it has been a very long time since I've heard that.
And now for my Christmas pictures. At the top is an ornament I stitched up years ago but never ornamentified. I've decided that I'd like to do an annual Santa ornament for Maura, and I've recently posted this year's and last's. But here is my inspiration...DH as Santa!!