Do you have any holiday traditions?
We always get our tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year we drove to Michigan to pick out a blue spruce tree. Those trees are too expensive in Indiana. We justified the trip by making to sure to visit our friend that lives up there! I'm just a bit picky when it comes to Christmas trees...and thankfully my hubby knows and understands that, lol! Why else would he agree to drive 3 hours to get a tree?!
We also begin watching our favorite Christmas movies! We start with Home Alone -- always making sure to have popcorn and soda at the ready! Then we watch Home Alone 2 and then Christmas Vacation. This year we got to watch Christmas Vacation on the big screen! My hubby's work had a dinner and then we all went to the local theater and watched the movie along with our free concessions! It was a fun night!
Lastly, Christmas gifts. Mark and I only buy each other an ornament from Hallmark each year. Neither of us really likes shopping so this eliminates having to shop for each other! We generally try to pick an ornament that has meaning...like last year, I made sure to get him the Home, Sweet, Home ornament since we had moved into the new house we built. This year, I got him a Star Wars Clone Wars ornament because he started watching and liking that show this year! We also buy Collin an ornament each year (this will be the 2nd year). Mark's parents did that for him every year and for me once we started dating! They still give us each an ornament every year! Our tree has quite the Hallmark collection! LOL!
Mark started this whole ornament tradition for us right before we started dating nearly 11 years ago. Just before I left the halls at school for Christmas Break, Mark came over and gave me a Scooby-Doo ornament (I was a big fan back then). We weren't dating just then, but I was sure hoping! Anyways, I made it out to the car and my mom saw what he gave me and said "Oh it's a match made in Heaven!" HA! And now, almost 11 years later (Dec. 27) here we are :)
Lastly, on Christmas eve we attend the service at church. It is always a beautiful candlelit service where we take time to slow down and truly remember and appreciate the reason we celebrate Christmas. I look forward to being able to tell Collin about the meaning of Christmas and why we have a tree and give presents and everything else!
So, a day early, Merry Christmas from the Biehl Family. We hope you have a wonderful day with your families and that all your days are filled with love, laughter and special memories.