Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The Random Tuesday Before Christmas . . .
(Now did that just freak you out a little bit? That this is the last Tuesday before Christmas? Which means there's like 6 days until Christmas? Time to feel a little franctic now... Breathe deeply ... okay, I think I'm better now!)
Before I head into my Random Tuesday post this morning, I had to share these little snippets of conversation I had with Scout yesterday. Her newest phrase is "Are you serious?" Now, you have to imagine this being said in the cutest little sing-songy 2-year-old voice. The word "serious" is drug out into about five syllables and she adds this little head bob and lip-puckering expression along with it. Okay, this was how some of our conversation went today (we were in the car, driving to a very crowded mall; and then we were inside the mall):
S: "Where are we going now?"
Me: "We're going to a store to buy something for McKenna?
S: "Are you se-ri-ous?"
Me: "Yes, I am. We're going to buy her a present."
And then later on...
S: "What is this place?"
Me: "This is a toy store."
S: "Wowwww (looking around slowly) . . . Are you se-ri-ous?"
And then on the ride home . . .
S: "Whadda we doin now?"
Me: "We're going home to work on some Christmas things."
S: "Like what?
Me: "We're gonna make some ornaments for the tree?"
S: "We are?"
Me: "We're making gingerbread ornaments."
S: "What? Are you se-ri-ous?"
This child is just the biggest ham you would ever believe (actually, I guess, if you've ever lived with a 2-and-a-half year old, you can kinda believe it!) and I find myself laughing at her even when I'm trying to get her in trouble. I also tell Gary all the time that she's HIS child, because I think she might be Big Trouble someday!
Now, back to our regularly-scheduled program . . . one more Christmas Random Tuesday posting.
Last week, I had so much fun learning about a lot of your Christmas favorites (remember: Hot chocolate or egg nog? White lights or colored? etc. By the way--for the funniest answers to those questions, visit Gareth's blog and look at his post from this past Thursday. It's priceless!)
Well, with a somewhat similar idea, I thought we could all share our favorite Christmas traditions with each other. I love to hear how others celebrate the holiday, so please comment or post on your own blog (and let us know about it!) and let us know about one or more of your special Christmas traditions.
Some of my favorite traditions right now . . .
* Going to the children's Christmas play at church. Nothing like hearing the sweet singing voices of little children (and of out-of-control 3 year olds dressed up like sheep!)
* Decorating the tree with our favorite ornaments
* Celebrating Advent as a family in our own home worship services (very special, meaningful times!)
* Christmas breakfast with Mom and Dad on Christmas Eve morning. Such a wonderful, refreshing way to get the busy day started!
* Mom's yummy frosted and decorated Christmas cookies
* Reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 before opening presents (keeping it all in perspective!)
* Communion service at church (again--perspective!)
* Christmas Eve with Gary's parents. A great meal, fun times, and a wonderful way to close out the day with more of our family.
* Invariably ending up with my new pajamas on over at the in-laws' house.
* Writing silly things on the tags on my presents for Gary (and reading the ones he's written to me!)
* Having a quiet, private gift exchange with Gary after everyone has headed to bed on Christmas Eve. A lit fireplace, a glass of wine, and a slow opening of gifts (no ripping of gifts allowed!)
* Playing Dirty Santa at Gan Gan's on Christmas Day (what gifts can we possibly fight over?)
* Christmas morning and the squeals from downstairs as the girls discover that Santa has come and left them all sorts of wonderful surprises!
This season is all about traditions and celebrations that remain the same year after year. In traditions we create something to look forward to . . .and we teach our children that there are some things so important that we must repeat them again and again. It's so nice to hear our children remind us that "We have to do it that way. It's a tradition!"
Let me know what some of your traditions are! I can't wait to hear about them!!
In closing, I thought I'd leave you with a few of the failed attempts at Christmas pictures last night (yes, I am JUST getting these pics done; I will pick them up tomorrow and hopefully have some of them stuffed into Christmas cards in the next day!) I will share our "real" picture later on in the week (along with a copy of my Christmas letter that's going with the picture and a card), but here are a few that didn't make the cut. LOL
And a final word to all of you--We are anticipating our second 75-degree day in a row today! I have worn shorts the last two days and we turned on the air conditioner last night! I LOVE weather like this, but it's really not supposed to feel like this during Christmas Week. Thank goodness, it is supposed to get down to around 50 degrees by this weekend. That will feel a little bit more like December! In honor of our warm days, I had to put one of my favorite "summer" songs on the video sidebar (it's actually mine and Gary's vacation theme song!) Ha . . . should we leave a pina colada for Santa Claus, instead of a mug of milk (or Coca Cola, like we usually do)?
Have a festive Tuesday, and send along your traditions . . .