This is one of my favorite times of the year; everything leading up to Christmas just puts me in the absolute best mood. This is mainly because my family has a few traditions that just make this time of year so special. Honestly, though even though the tree is up and lit (not decorated yet as we are waiting for my sister to get home) and the Christmas lights are up on the house, I’m not in the full (FULL) Christmas spirit yet. This is mainly because my sister isn’t home (awwww I know sappy moment, ha she probably won’t read this), but it just doesn’t feel like fully the holiday season yet because since not everyone from the family is home yet we have not started our Christmas traditions. Luckily for me my sister gets home tomorrow and I can’t wait!
I wanted to share with you some of my family’s holiday traditions that just make my heart warm this time of year and ultimately make me jolly. First and foremost is decorating the tree. Each year my family and I decorate the tree together while listening to Christmas music. As said from “Elf”: “the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.” Although my sister would disagree… (did I mention I did not happen to get the same singing voice/talent as my sister did?). This is something I look forward to each year: one of the things I looked forward to the most when waiting to come home from college was to decorate the tree. Besides spending quality time with my family laughing, I just happen love ornaments as they make me happy! When my sister and I were younger, my parents would put up the rest of their decorations. My favorite, of course, were the nutcrackers and my parents have quite the collection. Funny thing, my parents would line them up on the ledge and during this season my sister and I would pretty much play with the nutcrackers as if they were Barbie’s! Ha I always looked forward to that.
Another tradition we do each year is watch Christmas themed movies, but not new ones like Love Actually (p.s. I’ve never actually seen this movie, there is a lot of hype around it so I might just watch it on Netflix soon) but I’m talking about the classics: the Claymation movies (“Rudolph,” “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” and “The Year Without A Santa Claus”), “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and of course the Dr. Suess’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” (but the cartoon version). Out of all of these, “The Year Without A Santa Claus” has always been my favorite. I pretty much drive Sean mad because all month long I’ll just be singing, “I’m Mr. Heat Miser I’m Mr. Sun ba da ba da…” over and over. Sorry Sean!
And like any other family that celebrates Christmas, we spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day with family. I think the reason I always get so excited for the time leading up to Christmas is because I’ve done these traditions for as long as I can remember. It is something to look forward to because I know I will be spending time with my family doing something we all hold fondly in our hearts. These wonderful traditions with my family put me in the festive Christmas mood.