Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas Traditions

Camden is at such a fun age now - - he was excited about Christmas last year, but I think even then it was all a bit overwhelming for him. This year, he and I have had a lot of fun putting up decorations, talking about Santa, and counting the "sleeps" left until Christmas day, every morning while we are having breakfast. One thing I really love is being able to create our own family traditions that we'll have each year. A lot of what I love about Christmas, though, comes from the great memories that I have, with my parents and my brother. I loved that we stayed in our p.j.'s for as long as we wanted, and made a big mess of the living room. My brother always passed out the gifts, and we opened them one at a time, taking turns. I always liked it that way, because it made it last so much longer! Many times, when I think about Christmases past, this picture comes to mind - - matching jammies. This picture was taken in 1974, so I was two, Kevin was 6, and my Dad there in the corner, was 33. Holy cow I about freaked out when I realized he was only 33 at the time! I don't know if we had matching jammies any year after that, but for whatever reason, I love Christmas jammies. If it wasn't for the fact that I know my husband would laugh in my face if I attempted to outfit all of us in matching Christmas attire, you'd better believe I'd have each one of us decked out. Oh well. At least I can buy them for the boys. Camden actually picked the jammies this year - - Carter's has the best Christmas pajamas. He looked them all over until he found just the right ones. They've been washed and are ready to go under the tree, for the boys to open on Christmas Eve.
Steve is away at drill this weekend, so the boys and I have spend a quiet weekend, bound to the house (as we are without a car!). We've managed to get quite a bit of playing done, along with some cookie-baking, reading, and general mess-making. Griffin has pretty much decided to give up his morning nap, which sort of cramps mine and Camden's style, I must admit. So, we are readjusting our way of doing things. As soon as Griffin went down this afternoon, our project was to set up our nativity set. Camden's been very excited to do this, as he is currently obsessed with the nativity scene at a church on the next block. As we walked to the library the other night, he stopped to check it out, and then asked if we could come back later and put a blanket over the baby Jesus, because he thought he looked cold. It cracked me up, because I had just been reading about the book, Angela and the Baby Jesus, by Frank McCourt. I think I will definitely have to get him this book now! Once we had everything out of their boxes, we read The Story of Christmas, and I'm quite sure it finally all clicked for him. Of course he wants me to keep the nativity set on the floor, but I'm pretty sure it will be on top of the china cabinet before Griffin wakes up.

9 comments:

Linda said...

Would you believe that Frank McCourt was actually one of Jim's teachers at his high school in New York City (Stuyvesant HS)?? It's true! His books (Angela's Ashes, etc.) are terrific. I have already bought Angela and the Baby Jesus for Jim for Christmas!

Cousin Linda in Vermont

Lisa said...

Our family also has the Christmas pj tradition! I loved opening new jammies every Christmas Eve and our girls look forward to it too! Ed would also be disinclined to wear matching jammies!
I love your beautiful Willow Tree Angel nativity! I would love to have that set! Someday...

Heather said...

Linda, that is so neat! I just watched him on the Today show the other morning and loved him. I am going to try to buy Angela and the Baby Jesus this week.
Lisa, I bet I could get Steve to do "new" jammies on Christmas Eve, as long as we all didn't match - - hadn't thought of that! I've been collecting my Willow Tree nativity over the past few years...I still want the camel but I haven't managed to work that into my budget yet!

Margaret said...

We do the Christmas jammies too!! Though this year the girls aren't matching as they use too cause I couldn't find anything that matched.

kirsten said...

I love that photo of all of you in your pajamas! and hats off to your Dad for being such a great guy to wear matching pajamas! There is nothing like making your own family traditions.I say this as I attempt to make our first gingerbread houses (just from a kit)

Cheryl said...

We still have the Christmas Eve jammies tradition as well. Its one of my favorites as well as the treats for Santa on a special Santa plate left under the tree! Its wonderful how much traditions continue and are cherished....

Heather said...

I love that everyone does Christmas Eve jammies! Cheryl, we also do the cookies and milk under the tree on a special plate...Camden LOVED that last year, and it was one of the first thing he checked when he got up the next morning.

Cheryl said...

And don't forget the carrots for the reindeer!

Terri said...

I love the Jammie idea that is so cute! We did the cookies and carrots for the reindeer and then we would write a letter saying thanks and say hi to Mrs. Clause and once we asked for his autograph boy talk about two excited kids I think we kept that paper for years LOL!

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