We had Christmas at home this year, for the very first time. The Hunky Hubby has been wanting to start our own tradition for some time and he finally convinced me to give it a try. He told me of the memories he had as a child, waking up, attacking the tree, playing with new toys while his grandma baked the special dinner. No driving or travel just being together. I said I would attempt it. So I set out to provide some traditions for our own little family. Some of them were complete flops. Like taking homemade treats to the neighbors. After tearing about the kitchen all day I did finish five cookie plates and four packages of diabetic cinnamon rolls, only the day ran out before I was able to deliver them, so the downstairs boys (Choco and Shinobi) helped us eat them and marked that tradition to be immediately dissolved. But were keepers. Like operation Christmas child boxes, reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Christmas Eve, eating scones while we opened gifts, and giving a gift to Jesus that we presented to Him on Christmas morning. Shinobi joined us for the day and it was so marvelously relaxing, even though I was in charge of the big dinner for our family for the first time. The boys played video games with the Hunky Hubby while I got our feast on the table and afterward we went sledding as the sun set leaving the world icy and dark. It was a wonderful way to celebrate and offer gratitude to our Lord for His advent.
I promise you a crazed animal, a concussion, and a kiss in every single book...you're welcome!