Christmas traditions

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As a child my parents always made Christmas time very special.  I remember going together and picking out a tree that my dad would cut down. We'd bring it home and decorate it while listening to John Lennon's Christmas record. My mom would get out all of our special hand made decorations and we each had special ornaments that we would hang on the tree. 
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. 

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