…I can start celebrating the Christmas season. (You’ll notice that I always say Christmas instead of “the holidays” because I celebrate Christmas.)
We have been in Dallas and North Louisiana since Tuesday (hence my lack of posts) and we head back to South Carolina today. I plan to spend the day tomorrow putting up our Christmas tree and dancing around the house to my favorite Christmas sounds including, but not limited to, Amy Grant’s “A Christmas Album”– the one with Tennessee Christmas on it and Point of Grace’s Christmas album.
We will watch Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, and It’s A Wonderful Life tomorrow. Throughout the month of December, we’ll also be sure to watch Family Man, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and White Christmas.
We’ll snack on fudge and sausage balls. We’ll drink Egg Nog Lattes and Peppermint Mochas from Starbucks.
We’re doing Christmas a little bit different this year, and we’re all (my parents, my brother, Todd’s parents, Todd’s grandmother, Hudson, Todd, and I) going to spend the week of Christmas in the mountains in Tennessee. We decided to not have everyone exchange gifts– even though we’re pretty sure everyone will still get stuff for Hudson– and just focus on spending the week together and put our money toward the house we rented. Todd and I will swap a few gifts, though, and I have picked up a couple of stocking stuffers for the crowd. Santa isn’t going to forget about us completely. So the little bit of Christmas shopping that I had to do is finished!
I plan to spend the next month getting through the Junior League Holiday Market, celebrating with friends, attending a couple of Christmas parties, seeing the Rockettes, and relaxing until our fun-filled family trip to Tennessee comes around!
And while attending the fun parties, eating the great food, listening to the music and appreciating the decorations, I plan to praise my Lord for the precious gift of His son that he gave us so many years ago.
But the most important thing to me is savoring the season. I always resist celebrating too early because I don’t want to get tired of hearing the music and seeing the Christmas decorations. Now that it’s hear I just want to soak it all in. Because it will be January 2 before we know it, and it will officially be time to focus on the new year and another season. Life will speed up and Christmas will seem a world away. I’m thrilled to be able to see this year’s Christmas through my little boy’s eyes– his very first Christmas.
What are your favorite December traditions? What movies do you and your loved ones watch? What is your favorite Christmas CD?