I love going to our church’s candlelit service on Christmas Eve. I admit that in the last few years it has been stressful. I worry that our girls are too loud or fussy, but it is something that I have always done on Christmas Eve. It is so fun and special to carry out this same tradition with my own family now.
2.) How does your family decide who gets to open the first present?
Whoever finds the pickle ornament on our Christmas tree gets to open the first gift! This is something I have not tried yet with my own family, but will definitely do when they get older!
3.) Do you stay home with your family or travel to visit family, if you travel where do you go?
We stay at home. All of my siblings live out of state and so if they are home we will get together with them at my parent’s house (only about a half hour away). My husband’s sister also lives out of state so our Christmas with my in-laws is usually after Christmas when she is able to get home.
Everywhere! I pick up ornaments and decorations that I like as I see them. I usually go towards ones with a more vintage old-fashioned feel.
I am a big list person. By writing things down I feel like I am better able to tackle a holiday project or shopping trip. I also try to pick up gifts here and there as the holidays approach. I store all my gifts in a central location so nothing is lost or forgotten. This year I have put things in a big tote so as I buy items I can throw them in. I have stocking stuffers in 2 different bags inside the tote (1 for each of my daughters). Also, I do a lot of my shopping online which makes it a lot less overwhelming for me! I can avoid lines and crowded malls.
I know this sounds horrible but I usually end up throwing them away. I save my family member’s cards and store those in an album, but the other ones I get rid of after I have enjoyed them throughout the holidays. This is advice I got from my organized sister! You can’t save everything!
A fun martini…I am partial to chocolate ones!
My siblings and I draw names each year and our price limit is around $50. My husband’s family has done a variety of things; exchanged names, exchanged ornaments, and this year’s theme is “A Made for TV Christmas,” we are doing an white-elephant style exchange with items that we have seen on infomercials. It should be interesting!
I am a cookie girl! My Mom has always made specific cookies each year during the holidays to give away to her friends. Some of my favorites include her Russian Tea-Balls, Peanut Butter Kisses, and Imperial Cookies.