I loved the anticipation of Santa coming and as I grew older, I enjoyed the time I spent with my family. My mom and I would bake and I enjoyed the traditional Christmas dinner we would have. We also always had cinnamon rolls while we opened gifts.
Now that I have my own family, it is time for me to decide what I would like to do to make the holidays special for my children.
This year was the first year that Evelyn really started to understand what was going on. Mike and I decided that Santa would bring each child 3 gifts. We will also each get them one and maybe next year they can pick out one for each other. Mike and I haven't exchanged gifts the last couple of years. We don't usually for birthdays either. We tend to enjoy doing something together so we try to find a concert or a different activity to do.
Christmas morning I just want to spend together as a family and open gifts and have a big Christmas breakfast. In the late afternoon we go to Mikes uncles house and have a big, really fancy dinner. It's a meal done in courses. Usually a soup, then salad, next is sometimes pasta and then the main course and then of course dessert. It is relaxing and always a fun time. Oh and last year we decided to do a pj Christmas so everyone wore pajamas. Makes it easier to eat more when you have stretchy pants on. Ha ha.
Next year I want to do some baking with Evelyn like I did with my mom. I'm sure more traditions will come as the kids get older but so far I am enjoying all that we do. The holidays for me are all about spending time with the ones you love.