¡Feliz noche buena todos! It is customary for my family to have our big Christmas meal on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning we open up presents and then the rest of the day is to play with our new toys and wares.
This year, DH and I are taking the kids to see the Nutcracker and then eating out. Mommy confession of the day: I am enjoying celebrating the holidays just the four of us. DH and I have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off, which means we are getting four days off in a row. For us this has meant, four relaxing days of sleeping in, lounging around in our pajamas all day long and watching Christmas movies at night.
It’s been great catching up with one another, something that is difficult to do when the adults are working and the kids are in school. We are creating our own traditions, although it doesn’t mean that extended family is forgotten or not a part of our holiday traditions and memories.
Yesterday Ari asked me if I could crochet because he’s been wanting to make stuffed animals. I told him that I could, recalling the many wonderful crocheting sessions I had with my grandmother. We made a trip to Michaels to pick up yarns and I could feel my kids and my childhood excitement at ogling all the different colors of yarn and textures. Of course, we went with the boldest and brightest!
I taught my kids how to make a basic chain and Ari already knows how to stitch. Meanwhile, I pulled an all-nighter finishing the skirt I made for one of Eli’s dolls. Stay tuned for pics!
It was during these long lessons that I told them about my grandmother, Mamá, how she would teach me over the summers in her Pennsylvania home and together we made table cloths, doilies for the living room coffee table and clothes for my dolls. I reminded myself and — my kids — that even though we are far from family they always live within us.
Merry Christmas everybody! What are your favorite holiday traditions and memories?