Christmas Traditions

Let’s talk about traditions. Even though this year is all screwy and we might not be able to participate in any of those traditions, sometimes it’s the reminiscing that helps. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. I have lots of favorite traditions. Some are now golden memories of childhood and some I still observe with Dearest Carl.

As a kid, it didn’t get better than Christmas morning, sitting on the top step with my siblings, trying to be quiet while we waited for mom and dad to wake up. We listened to the Harry Connick Jr., Charlie Brown Christmas and the Nutcracker non stop the whole month long. We made little houses in the Christmas tree for our favorite peg doll ornaments. We decorated cookies with icing and sprinkles. My parents made our childhood Christmases most magical.

Now as an adult, especially living with infertility, the shine of Christmas is not quite as bright as it used to be. But I still enjoy sharing some traditions with Dearest Carl. I listen to the same music I did when I was a kid, plus some of Dearest Carl’s childhood Christmas music and new favorites like Sufjan Stevens. I love baking and making treats like cookies, cinnamon almonds and chocolate covered orange peels. Christmas shopping for Dearest Carl always gets me so excited for Christmas morning. And we still spend most of Christmas day with my family and my grandparents.

Traditions play such a huge part in this season and it’s good to remember them, even while we’re doing different things and maybe making new traditions. So tell me, what are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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