thursday, we gathered at mom and dad’s for an immediate-family christmas celebration. after all, to go all dr seuss on you, christmas is not a date on the calendar, it’s a feeling in your (two sizes too big) heart, right?!
we trooped in to mom and dad’s late afternoon-ish. i worked til mid-afternoon, and cutie c had time for a nap before the toronto family trekked up the 401. happily, a few centimetres of snow falling did not hinder our plans!
family christmas, for us, is all about favourite traditions:
it’s tradition that we start off by opening our stockings:
it’s tradition that we chant, “one, two, three, pull!” and withdraw a surprise:
then we all compare picks.
[santa sure did his homework! he obviously scrutinized my 100 item christmas list as my stocking included such wishes as…
- #15 – nail polish in bright colours
- #32 – brightly coloured sticky notes
- #34 – puffins cereal
- #57 – black eyeliner pencil
- #59 – the burlap recyclable tote from “ruby eats”
- #64 – fluffy warm socks
- #81 – wrapping paper (tissue paper in many hues!)
and i have to show you…
THANK YOU, santa!]
it’s tradition that after stockings, we convene to the table:
it’s tradition that we open a “table gift” before eating!
it’s tradition that we feast on ribs and pigtails; kfc chicken; chips and dip; rootbeer.
it’s tradition that mom uses her good poinsettia china to add to our festive cheer:
after dinner, it is time for traditional photos!
and my very favourite traditional shot…
it’ become tradition over the last few years that i wrap the brother’s gift…*uniquely.* this year, my theme was vector (since he is a fan, too)!!
it’s tradition that it’s now time to open presents!
yippee! i will enjoy cosy toes!
it’s tradition that at least one gift will make me squeal! my biggest dance of joy came when i received MY STINKY TOFU TSHIRT!!! (list item #3). three years of dreaming finally realized!
AND…some people may covet an italian wine. but me? direct from italy…
for a cereal afficiando, what a treat! i may have to frame that box!
thoughtfulness and expressions of love – that is what present exchanges are all about.
it’s tradition that we end our evening with dessert – our traditional cookie and squares selection!
it’s tradition that our christmas celebration is a time to share, visit, and enjoy being together.
and this blog post marks the end of all christmas all the time – except that glow in the heart may stay for a while!
happy new year’s eve! how are you marking the end of 2011 and welcoming 2012? i think a movie is on the agenda…and i have been in bed before midnight for umpteen years, now. i’d rather be gung-ho for new year’s day!