Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Elsie and Emma

What special traditions did you guys have over the holidays growing up? Every Christmas, minus two freaky weather years, my whole family has been together in Oklahoma for a week to catch up on life together. This year looked like we weren't going to have a 'normal' Christmas, or Thanksgiving for that matter, since we were in Seattle with little money for plane fares and I was trying to think of all of the ways we'd be able to start our own traditions with Sebastian. But really I was so sad that we'd be spending it by ourselves. So, in the midst of having to leave the city we've grown to love, I'm holding on to the notion of Christmas with my family and a week in Oklahoma, thanks to the most generous of grandparents. This is my favorite time of the year!

So, how does everyone else celebrate? What puts you in the mood for Christmas/Hannukah/Winter Solstice, etc.?


At 5:26 AM, Blogger *Fauve* said...

We always celebrate Christmas @ my mothers house.She has the most beautiful christmas three and other christmas decorations.I love the beautiful decorated table when we have breakfast on Christmas morning.This really is my most beautiful Christmas "memorie".

At 6:58 AM, Blogger capello said...

ever since we had griffin, i've been a big stickler on having christmas morning at home.

now, due to the boys' allergies, we host everything -- thanksgiving, christmas eve and christmas day. i make all the food to make sure all of it is gluten-free and at least half of it is safe for darwin (and, yes, my freakish controlling ways are happy with this).

i really enjoy having everyone here and popping in on those who can't make it over.

and since i'm a kansas citian, the plaza lighting ceremony always kick off the season for us.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger joy madison said...

I've not been home for the holidays since I moved to seattle either. We have 3 kids, so flying all 5 of us to D.C. hasn't been an option. It's definately been hard to adjust to the no family holidays, but we've just done it. I just try to decorate and go all out so we don't get sad about not being with the rest of the family. I start decorating and making gifts right after Halloween:)

At 11:55 AM, Blogger A Beautiful Mess said... question!

T and I have a lot of family time during the holidays... not just on Christmas day.. but every year I do a ton of shopping with our moms and we always make sugar cookies with Micky and T and I always decorate and make comfort foods like chili and apple cider and hot chocolate. We want to have more fun traditions too.. I want to do something with taking a funny photo every christmas that is the same in some way so we can see how our family "evolves" over the years.. something like that... Oh and Nate and Brandon's Christmas movie.. that is HUGE for us... Emma said the trailor is already playing at the moxie this week! I have to send you guys a copy! dont let me forget, since Em is the starlet ;)

trying to think if i am forgetting any fun traditions... we got cocoa a santa outfit... haha!

At 9:35 PM, Blogger Charin said...

My hubby and I always spend Christmas day in Missouri at his Grandma's, eating and talking all day. :) But this year will be different for us...our baby will be due 2 weeks from then, and our doctor told us no traveling. So, for the first year of our marriage it will be just us. :) We're planning on having a quiet relaxing day, just playing Christmas music and having our own little dinner. :) It'll be fun!

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous PROLIX from la Normandie said...

my granny is german and I know it gives very special traditions about "avent" things 4 weeks before x-mas, with a lot of celebrations things, decorations and cooking things.
but she never wanted to give us these traditions, so I don't know it, unfortunately. it make me so sad.

PROLIX from la Normandie
{ThE fReNcH tOuCh}

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Nanner said...

I have a cousin that lives in Seattle and we are all here in Missouri! It would be great if my cousin could be here for the holidays. I also always end up working on Christmas Eve and that is when my immediate family gets together. On Christmas day, my sister and I always go over to my parents. I love watching my nieces on Christmas day!


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