Baby Bionic Briana. Christmas 1979.
I don't think we are going to do much in the way of Christmas decorating this year. One reason (of many) is we actually don't have any Christmas decorations! Seriously. I have never decorated my own tree separate from my parents so I've never accumulated my own ornaments and lights and such. Part of me is a little sad at the idea of not having those classic Christmas photos of Alice like these ones here but part of me is also relieved that I don't have to take out, put up, take down and re-store all of those decorations!
When we were little our Christmas tree went up in early December and... I can't believe I'm about to admit this but.... it sometimes stayed up well into the new year. Like more than once. Like I think we still had a tree up for my birthday a few times. And no, my birthday isn't in late December/early January but January 28th. It's funny the things you remember from when you were a kid, right?
Mom & Dad on Christmas morning.
I had a long talk yesterday with a woman in a baby group we attend about creating family traditions. As I've mentioned before, I am not religious (and neither is my husband) so it's been hard to wrap my head around celebrating a religious holiday when I don't believe in the meaning behind it. And, because of that, I feel a bit of pressure over what to do during this time of year now that we have a kid. I have wonderful memories of Christmas growing up and I want to make sure that Alice has those experiences, too. The woman I had the conversation with leads the group and her children are a bit older. She told me about some of the traditions they've created that they do every year and how her kids talk excitedly about them as the holiday approaches. Those family traditions become what the memories of childhood are about, not the gifts they receive and then ultimately forget.
What is your favorite family tradition from the holidays? On Christmas Day the last few years, my husband has made homemade English muffins to be had with to-die-for eggs benedict. You don't even want to know how much butter goes into that hollindaise sauce!
Homemade stuffed animals! The perfect gift for an 11-month old.