New Traditions

Christmas 2014 is in the books. We did things a little differently this year. Last year when the kids finished opening presents they were quickly rushed away from their new toys for our traditional Christmas brunch with my family. We’d been doing brunch for many years. But last year, I didn’t like the feeling of rushing out. It was time to make a change. On Christmas Day this year we stayed home.

Christmas Eve included a trip to Jeremy’s grandparent’s house and church and I think we hit the sweet spot in getting the kids to bed before a total meltdown. Grant was asleep by 8:00 and we didn’t hear a peep until 7:40 Christmas morning. That was a Christmas miracle!

On Christmas morning, Grant and Maria opened their three packages and were both very excited to see that Santa knew exactly what they wanted. I can think of few things more enjoyable than watching their enjoyment of the magic of Christmas. Jeremy cooked a big breakfast and we spent the rest of the day being lazy and enjoying their new toys.

Jeremy’s parents came over for dinner and, again, the kids were beyond excited for their new toys. We finished Christmas celebrations with my family on Friday evening. I think we managed to make it through all the festivities with no major meltdowns.

We will definitely be staying home on Christmas Day next year. We all enjoyed the time together and Grant and Maria were happy to have unrestricted time to enjoy their gifts. Sometimes it’s important to change things up and start new traditions. “Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” – W. Somerset Maugham.

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3 thoughts on “New Traditions

  1. Oh I loved this. There is so much pressure around Christmas these days.. and now that my family is growing, it may be time to set our own “new traditions”. Seems like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are both spent rushing around to visit my in-laws and my parents as well, and we are left with no time to enjoy our own little family time. We don’t get to have those magical moments by the tree, nor any time to relax. Do you have any advice on how to break it to the in-laws and others without hurting feelings or stepping on any toes?

    • I’m pretty straight forward when it comes to family and how we spend our time. We just told them that we wanted to see everyone and would make sure that happened, but on Christmas day it was important for us to stay home. Everyone who had small children at one time understood. Only person who didn’t never has had children so she couldn’t relate. Good luck!

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