Every year we spend Christmas Eve with my side of the family, we usually do some sort of brunch or lunch at my parents house and exchange some gifts there and then move on to the extended Smith family at my Grandma Smith's house. I think the way my grandma decorates for Christmas is awesome! She puts a tree in every room of her house and often has themed decorations for them. When I was little she would transform her china cabinet into Santa's House, complete with Santa snoozing upstairs and Mrs. Claus knitting in her rocker in the living room. Since my grandpa died about 8 years ago (wow, has it really been that long?), I've gone each year to help my grandma decorate. I LOVE IT!
My mother is more intentional about traditions than Tevya, and it made my Christmases growing up magical and special. I have no idea how she never forgot a tradition, and if she was ever tempted to "not do it just this year" she didn't succumb to it. It was beautiful! One tradition that we still participate in with them is opening pajamas on Christmas Eve and taking pictures in front of the tree (which we help decorate).
Below are some of our pictures from our fun times this holiday with the Smiths.
|Elliot and his Emmy|
|Christmas tea...of course!|
|Putting a hook on the Noah's Ark ornament...or as Elliot calls it "a zoo on a boat"|
|Sisters and Joy|
|Elliot playing with his "people"|
|Helping with pumpkin cake...race cars are necessary when stirring|
|My hubby...isn't he just a hoot!|
|Ev & Beth|
|Cousins at Grandma's #1|
|Cousins at Grandma's #2|
|Me, Elliot & Cousin Madison - HUGS!|
|Elliot's gift to his grandparents this year! - SO FUN!!!|
|The Sibs + Elliot|
|My favorite men!|