Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas traditions

Bob and I have been talking about Christmas traditions. We want Little Elvis to have great, happy memories of Christmas. Memories that aren't attached to toys, but to hope and love and togetherness. (Ah, so cheesy...)

We've been sharing our favorite Christmas memories.

For some reason, Santa's reindeer were very important to me. I mean those guys helped a very chubby man transport a heavy sleigh full of toys all over the world in one day. If Santa was getting a snack, well those reindeer needed one as well. I remember setting out carrots, apples and oranges for them. We would put out 8 apples or carrots and one orange (Rudolph was special) for the reindeer. I know memories change with time, but I'm pretty sure that I got really upset one Christmas when the reindeer didn't eat any of my treats. And the next year a bite was taken out of each and every treat that I left.

I also remember being so excited about Santa coming that I couldn't sleep. I would sneak out of my bedroom and tiptoe into the kitchen to look at the time on the microwave and then run back to my room. I usually passed out around 3 or 4 and my parents would have to wake me up on Christmas Day so I could enjoy my presents.

Bob really enjoyed his Christmas routine. They would chop down their tree the week before Christmas and they wouldn't decorate it until Christmas Eve. He was the head alter boy and had a big part in Midnight Mass. After that, they would open all of their presents and eat breakfast at 2 a.m. and then sleep until noon.

He also wasn't surprised by his presents. Why? Because the little sneak would open them as soon as Christmas break began. His mom still had to go to work, so Bob and his brother would search for their presents, open them, play with them and re-wrap them. (Side note: I think he should be better at wrapping presents because of this.)

We've been talking about Christmas plans for Little Elvis. Both of us like Christmas carols, so maybe we'll try to get him to go caroling or something when he's older. Bob doesn't like to wait for his presents, so we used to open presents at midnight on Christmas morning. But that won't fly anymore.

What are your Christmas traditions or memories?

1 Comments:

Blogger Marla said...

It sounds like you are well on your way to creating special memories for Elvis. The snacks we set out as kids were always chewed on too! I would get so excited showing off the messy plate Santa left behind.

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