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Monday, December 26

Our {New} Christmas Traditions

I had intended to post pictures along with this post, but I'm suffering from serious laziness today (recovering from yesterdays highs) and drained from dealing with a random power outage this afternoon/evening at our apartment.  Power has been restored, but energy has been drained.

Our first Christmas together {just the 3 of us} was so memorable.  We are usually home in Seattle with my family, but despite being bummed to stay home, I knew that this year would be special.  Jerry and I had been discussing traditions that we would start in our family going forward.  I'm pretty happy at how it has all turned out.

In our family, the gifts we receive come from the true source of all we have, our heavenly father….not Santa.   Santa is just another character like Frosty and the Grinch, and he does not deliver to our home.

We only open one gift each on Christmas Eve…and it is the same gift every year…a new pajama set for each of us to wear that night and lounge in Christmas day.

We will sometimes attend a Christmas eve service with our spiritual family.  {This year, we decided it was too cold, too far and a little too late in the evening for our little lady.}

Bedtime on Christmas eve will include the story of Christ's birth from the Bible, as well as readings from our special Nativity book and singing carols for lullabies.  

Christmas morning starts with fresh brewed coffee and cocoa, and the emptying of our stockings.

Our traditional Christmas morning breakfast is Chicken & Waffles with Maple Syrup.

After breakfast, we open the rest of our gifts to one another.

We spend time together as a family, playing games, watching movies, listening to Christmas music, enjoying the gifts we've been blessed with.

We have a nice family dinner together.

We celebrate Jesus' birthday by baking him a yummy cake and singing "Happy Birthday" to him.



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