Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Memories

For me, Christmas memories aren’t the warm and fuzzy scenes that you see on the Hallmark Channel. In my childhood there weren’t many lazy days around the Christmas trees, enjoying each other, and the new gifts that we had received.  No, our Christmas looked more like those movies…ON FAST FORWARD!!

My parents were divorced and Christmas became the one day of the year when you had to see EVERYONE!  Our Christmas would start out on Christmas Eve with a trip to my dad’s, his sisters, a church service with my aunt, grandma’s house for presents then meeting Mom halfway to go back to her house. Once at mom's we would go to bed and get up early the next morning, open our presents, then grab a new outfit and one new toy a piece and go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to see the rest of the family. 

I can remember dreaming of the day when we would just be able to stay home and ENJOY…each other, our gifts, everything.

Once I got married, we started cutting down the activities that we have, but they were still pretty BUSY days.  But this year, we have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do on Christmas Eve and only 1 thing to do on Christmas day, and that is not until 2 in the afternoon. 

So…you would think that I would be ecstatic right.  Well, you would be thinking VERY WRONG.
I am going CRAZY thinking about it…I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I can do with the kids.  I want to take this year and start our OWN traditions…ones that DON’T involve driving to 40 places.  I want to start doing things with them this year that we can do every year…and maybe that they will do with their own children someday.

So, what is the problem?

I can’t make up my mind!!!  There are SO many things to do…but what would be best…what would they enjoy?  What will make the most memories for my children? 

So, in all of this, I have psyched myself out so much that I am afraid that I will probably not do ANYTHING and that makes me upset too.

What are some traditions that you do with your family that we might like to do???


Kendra said...

Our story is different w/a similar outcome. Having been a pastor out of state, we got used to a relaxing Christmas at home. The first year we were living in Ohio for Christmas was miserable. Christmas Eve.wedding for my sister, spent the night & Christmas morning w/my folks, Christmas afternoon at my sister's, & then a 90 minute drive to my in-laws. There was no time to even think of enjoying our kids & relaxing. We made a decision that day to never do it again. The family is welcome to come & see us on Christmas. We spend the day at home, playing games, watching movies, putting together toys & have a fairly simple Christmas dinner. My parents often come over, & my in-laws usually stop by for an hour. We love it. It is the best way to spend Christmas!

Beth said...

We have many places to go too, but we usually are home on Christmas Eve until dinner time. Since we've had the girls, I like to make some homemade decorations or bake some last-minute Christmas cookies. Then I make sure that we ready the story of the Nativity and usually get in "Twas the Night Before Christmas" too.

Enjoy your slowed-down day. You will love it!