Now that we are on the west coast we are blessed to be able to share Christmas and New Years with both of our families. With this privilege comes a challenge: if all days off work are spent with our families what about Christmas time for us?
Luke and I talked about this and came to a decision: our core family time will be earlier in the month, cutting down and decorating a Christmas tree.
I grew up where picking out the Christmas tree was something we did as a nuclear family. We would come straight home, put Christmas music on, and decorate the tree. Luke has similar experiences, although different tree retrieving adventures. For more on this see:Oh Christmas Tree . . .
Our tree indicates our history: a mixture of how his tree growing up looked and how mine did. It includes ornaments from our childhood, ones that family bought for us in the past few years; in this way decorating our Christmas tree is a great way for us to reflect on the past. But there are many new ornaments as well; some we have picked up on our adventures and vacations together which helps us look forward to the year ahead.
What traditions or Christmas moments have you reserved for your core family over the years?