and Christmas chocolate-covered everythings, how I love thee even more…
but the two things that I love the most about the week leading up to Christmas are:
spending time with family…(love you, Grandma)
and decorating the tree. Every time I travel somewhere memorable, I buy an ornament as a reminder. Each year, tree-decorating becomes a trip down memory lane.
Hello Patriot. I remember you! The girls’ trip to Boston, 2006.
Oh yes, NASA. How could I forget the time I nearly missed Caitlin’s wedding because of you.
Having holiday traditions is comforting. On Thanksgiving , I went against tradition and enjoyed the day with friends instead of family. It was great and a welcomed break from routine. Christmas, however, will be all about tradition.
Christmas Eve at my parents’ .
Christmas Day at his.
In fact, I’m sure that we’ll have the same exact menu at each that we had last year, and the year before that, and the year before than, and.. okay, okay, I won’t type it out 40 times.
Generally speaking, I prefer routine. Or, planned changes. Having a plan makes me feel safe. I am not wildly spontaneous and don’t make major life changes unless I think them through and plan them out. The bigger the change, the more I plan. The more there is to lose, the more I think.
It’s been a long 2010 and quite possibly the last Christmas that my mom will be celebrating with us. TRADITION, you are welcome here. No planning. No thinking. Just sitting back and letting the Ghost of Christmas Present take the lead.
What are you doing this week? Are you following tradition, or mixing it up a bit?