Wednesday, December 2, 2009

the most wonderful time of the year

I love Christmas.

No, I mean, I like, LOVE Christmas.

I worked in retail through college and it kind of killed my Christmas spirit, but it came back quickly. And with a vengeance.

I love the music, I love buying gifts (which I can never keep a secret long enough for the recipient to open), I love decorating, I love baking (in theory, I don't do this!), and most of all the tradition.

But most important, I love that for one time a year, you can't ignore the real reason for the season. That people come together to praise our Lord for His most precious gift.

Our family has a few traditions that I can't wait to instill in my little family. Church on Christmas Eve (candlelit service, I die), reading the Bible Christmas Story and "The Night Before Christmas" before bed on Christmas Eve, opening one small gift the night before, and waking up to sing Happy Birthday to Jesus before we can open presents on Christmas Day.

Those traditions are so important to me and as we decorated this year, I couldn't help but get choked up about the fact that next year, it's this families turn to start our own traditions.

Well, as many as I can get Mr. Perfect to hop on board for!

What are some traditions you guys do each year?


suburban prep said...

I worked retail for quite some time too. I worked for 15 yrs at a catalog that was really busy from September up to Christmas Eve. Then after that I worked at a little boutique in my hometown. It can be daunting but Christmas is special.
I hope that you and yours enjoy it!!

Mandy said...

I love that you sing Happy Birthday to Jesus on Christmas morning. What a wonderful tradition!

Hayley said...

I am so with you on this. LOVE this timke of year!

How awesome that you sing Happy Birthday!

In this wonderful life... said...

Yuor traditions sound awesome! We are still getting the swing of new traditions!

I remember when I was little going to midnight mass.


Lindsey said...

I adore Christmas too! It's such a fun time of year!

SassyEngineer said...

I love Christmas too!!!!!! I have been listening to Christmas music since the middle of November :) We do a lot of the same traditions, but we also always get pizza on Christmas eve and play games too. Then after all of that we usually drive around and sing Christmas songs in the car while looking at Christmas lights. My church growing up didn't have a Christmas Eve service (that is a long story), but anyway my hubby and I go now when we can. His family used to even make a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Day.

Annie said...

i totally agree! i LOVE every.little.thing about this time of the year!! :)

Kassie said...

I LOVE Christmas so much!! Just can't get enough!!

Love all your traditions. And next year you'll have a baby girl to celebrate with!!! :)

Kristin said...

Minus the happy birthday, which is adorable btw, my family does all those!

Rasha @ and this is what she said... said...

new to your blog, look forward to reading.

Yay for the baby

and i love christmas!


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