Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Traditions

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m Lisa Orchard the bestselling author of “The Super Spies Series” and “The Starlight Chronicles.” I’m here today to talk about Christmas at our house.

It’s a special one this year because I was undergoing chemo last year and needless to say that put a damper on our celebration. So this year, Christmas means a little more to us.

Just the other day, my hubby whispered to me as we sat on the couch watching a movie. “Are you going to have the Santa talk with the boys this year?”

I gave him a horrified expression, “No. I like it that they still believe in Santa.”

“Maybe you need the Santa talk.”

I just laughed. There’s no way I’m telling my kids who Santa is. I don’t care if they’re in their thirties and still believe. Santa is part of the magic of Christmas and I want to prolong this time of innocence as long as possible.

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I appreciate the holidays more than I used to, because of my experience with chemo last year. This year I’m starting a new tradition. The weekend when Christmas break starts we’re going to gather as a family and watch “The Polar Express.” We’ll make popcorn and hot cocoa and for a while my family will be immersed in the land of make believe.

These little holiday traditions are what my kids will remember when they have kids of their own. They’re important. They give families something to look forward to.
We have other traditions as well, like decorating the tree and putting Christmas lights around the house. We get a new family ornament every year. So decorating the tree every Christmas becomes a walk down memory lane.
Lily our cat likes to help with decorating the tree too!

 We put Christmas lights inside our house, not outside. J We’re quirky that way. We also take drives to see how people have decorated their yards and the outside of their homes.

I keep suggesting that we need to put lights up on the outside of our house, but each year seems to be more hectic than the last and we never seem to find time for that task. Sigh. Oh well, the inside of our house is nice and bright.

Another tradition we have is each year my in-laws come over on Christmas Eve. We usually go out to dinner and then exchange gifts. It’s a special time. We get to visit and the boys get to hear stories of their youth. A little bit of history is good for everyone, don’t you think?

Then on Christmas day, we travel to my mother’s house. I love getting together and talking with my siblings about our childhood antics. The boys love the chance to play with their cousins. I guess you could say Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love all the little traditions that we have as a family.

How about you?  Do you have any traditions you’d like to share?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

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