The tree is up, the mantle is decorated, and I bought a pair of reindeer horns on a headband for Kipper. :) I really am trying to get in a holiday mood.
What were your holiday traditions? Everyone seems to have different ones. I can’t imagine opening all the gifts on Christmas Eve, for example.
We were always allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve. The rest had to wait until the next morning, at 5:00 am or whenever we could pry our parents out of bed (we weren’t allowed to go into the livingroom on Christmas morning without them). Christmas Eve has always been my favourite part of the holiday, actually. My father would get happily tipsy, we would eat too much of the gorgeous baking that my mother does every year, and we would watch the old family videos. Wonderful.
We weren’t rich, and Christmas morning usually saw us opening one large gift and a number of smaller ones (a lot of things that we needed: socks and underwear, things for school). We take turns opening, so we can ooh and ahh over everyone else’s gifts. My mother always makes homemade cinnamon rolls for the morning, and the smell fills the house. Perfect.
We were Catholic when I was small, then my parents drifted from the church and later my mother became a born-again Christian. Christmas Catholics, we were, mainly going to church on Christmas and Easter.
I miss my sisters, and my parents. I miss the dogs looking on with hopeful, shining eyes as we eat turkey. I miss everyone talking as they lend a hand to preparing the meal.
I love you all so much…I have the best family in the world. :)