These are a few of my favorite things....during the holidays.
1. Christmas Tree Farm
As a little girl, my family and I would go out of town to a Christmas Tree farm to get our tree. We'd load up our van with ourselves, jackets, and a packed picnic, while Mominy & Dandy, and The Rearden's were right behind us doing the same. We'd take a hayride in our separate directions according to which type of tree we'd pick out, load it on our cars, then go across the street and lay out a picnic by the pond. We'd play football and have us a good 'ol time! What a fun family tradition! Now, we are too broke and trees are too expensive to do all that.
2. Make a day out of putting the tree up
I love to put up the tree with the whole family! I enjoy listening to Christmas music while putting all the ornaments and lights on the tree. Then afterwards, decorate a gingerbread house and make cookies together! Usually around this time of year, there are movies after movies of awesome Christmas stories, like The Grinch, The Polar Express, The Christmas Shoes, etc. In our family (passed down from the Miles's) I like to give my husband and children a special ornament that represents that past year. Hopefully, this day will happen soon, since there's only 2 weeks left before Christmas! lol
3. Family Get-Together's
On Christmas Eve, we go to Danny's parent's house to eat and exchange presents, then to my parent's house to do the same with my Dad's side. On Christmas morning, we go to Faith Home to eat and do presents with Danny's family then we head to Mominy & Dandy's house to eat AGAIN and do presents with my Mom's side. AND THEN we go my other grandparent's house that night to eat again. NO WONDER we gain so much!!!!!! But I do love spending time with all of my family. It doesn't happen that often.
4. SANTA comes!!!!!
Yes, Santa! Santa brought presents to me until I was married! I am not joking! Man, do I miss that! My brother still gets it, so I love to go over to their house to see what all he got. Before I got hitched, my brother and I would wake each other up, then go pester our folks until they decided to "raise from the dead!" Once they were up, they'd go in the den, turn the fire on, get the coffee started and then would call us in. This routine went on until 2 years ago folks! haha And lucky Jackson stills gets to do it! Now I get to do it for Wells and next year, two kids!
5. Christmas Morning Food
One of the things I look forward to during "Santa Time" is the food Mama fixes. Once we see what we got, we call our grandparents and Uncle David over to join the fun! Mama fixes...
- Sausage Balls....my FAV!
- Big 'ol Cinnamon Rolls
- and my favorite, Hot Apple Cider
Thanks Mama and Daddy for all of the fun family traditions!
....and these are just a few of my favorite things!