We survived our weekend with four parties, though we sadly missed the fourth and final party last night. It was a very full weekend overflowing with love and blessings. We are truly blessed with amazing friends and family.
Tonight I wanted to share with you a few new and old traditions we’ve started as a family, especially now that Elizabeth is beginning to comprehend things. Mom was the tie that bonded our holidays together and kept everything perfect and running smoothly. But since she’s no longer here, and since there’s been a few other family circumstances, we are focusing on making our own family traditions. I’ve stated several times that we are cutting back on Christmas this year and recalibrating our eyes to focus on the true meaning of Christmas – Christ. But kind of like that old Girl Scout song, we’re making new, but keeping some old.
|These little guys have been climbing into my tree since my first Christmas! Here’s Daddy, Baby, & Mama Reindeer, and we have more just incase|
One thing that my Mom’s family has done for three generations now, is have what is now Cousin’s Christmas. My Maw-Maw was one of nine girls and after they got married, each Christmas they’d have a slumber party, which I remember very clearly! Well then, my Mom started hosting Cousin’s Christmas for her generation, and now Tania & I (Maw-Maw’s two granddaughters) host it for our generation and for Mom’s generation, too! This was one of the parties we had this weekend! We all get together and bring a snack and have an ornament exchange! It’s so fun, and always hilarious!
|Some of the gals that were there! Yes, I have a huge family and we are very close!!! It was very dark down there.|
We have traditions at home, too.
|2008, our last Christmas together! Yes, even Jade gets Christmas pajamas!|