[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]For the first time since 1982, I will not be waking up at my parents’ house on Christmas morning. I will not be making a holy racket at 5:45 AM in an attempt to wake my three siblings a bit early. I won’t be sitting on the top step waiting while my dad checks “to see if Santa came.” I think this means I’ve become a grown-up. It only took me (nearly) 30 years.
In the past, Nick and I have spent the holidays apart, with our own families. More often than not, Clark rolled with me. A girl needs her bat-eared sidekick. This year, though, the three of us are sticking together for a magical, whirlwind Christmas tour. We will go north to spend Christmas Eve with Nick’s family, stay at our home, sweet condo Christmas Eve night, go to Mass on Christmas morning at our parish in the Back Bay, and then head south to spend Christmas day with my family.
It feels rather odd to be breaking with tradition, but at the same time, it’s exciting to start creating my own traditions. With my own cute little family. I fully intend to make a video as I check to see if Santa came (more specifically: did I leave paper, tape and scissors strewn about the living room?), and then release Clark from his crate to tear open a giant stack of (mostly edible) presents. I am contemplating what I will make for Christmas breakfast, but it seems only appropriate to take a cue from Buddy the Elf and break out the maple syrup. Lots of maple syrup.
I have already spent hours creating the perfect Christmas music mixes for the car rides. I have baking supplies ready to go, and more gift tags than I know what to do with (which is why I declined my mom’s offer of approximately 8,700 of them at our dinner on Sunday). Plus, I have been wrapping like the bad ass white wrapper I am.
Though I tend to be a bit resistant to change, my philosophy for Christmas 2011 is a resounding yes, we can make this holiday– complete with traditions old and new– totally awesome.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Happy first night of Hanukkah to those celebrating!
- Congratulations, Tina!
- Halley plays Santa— such a cute post 🙂
What is your favorite holiday tradition?