Ahhhh!! The smell!! Lovely... I am usually the one who lights the tree, as I'm a bit particular, but not anal. After I've been scratched up and am thoroughly broken out from all of the sap and scratches, we decorate while the music is playing, the hot chocolate is drunk, and much giddiness ensues. Of course, I won't forget that this also tends to be the most stressful thing ever, as the kids really bug me with their flea-like jumping and pestering questions, "when are the lights done? Can we decorate yet? He pushed me! Wah , wah, wah..." and then there's the strings of lights that magically twist themselves into knots and burn out while carefully wrapped and stored for the year, but I know that it's worth it.
We already have the Lite FM station on which is playing all Christmas, all the time. I personally wanted to wait till after Thanksgiving, but the kids heard Alvin and the Chipmunks as I was flipping the channels, and we were hooked! This station will play on our radio until Christmas day. I LOVE the variety of Christmas songs, and that they'll play any request you can think of. Some really obscure holiday songs, too!
doesn't that cookie look, um, yummy?
Every Christmas Eve is with Patrick's Mom and family and every Christmas Day (afternoon) is spent with my family. It works out so well this way. No leaving in the middle of a party, no organizing and worrying over hurt feelings.
So. I know our traditions aren't totally unusual or wild, but they're OURS and we love them. What are your holiday traditions? Anything fun that I can incorporate in my own family?
(also, what is UP with Blogger and the spacing? I can't get the paragraphs or spacing correct...)