Monday, December 24, 2018

childhood Christmas memories and traditions

Happy Christmas Eve! Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite childhood Christmas memories and traditions.

1. Eating Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve - My family has been doing this for as long as I can remember and I still do it today. It started because there are only so many meals in a row you can eat holiday food leftovers, so mix in some Chinese takeout leftovers and you're good! I'm excited because our favorite Chinese takeout in Dallas is just around the corner from our church so we'll go to Christmas Eve Mass and then pick up all the leftovers before heading home to eat and watch some Christmas movies.

2. Putting on the Christmas story plays with my siblings - I have two sisters and a brother and we'd put on a full production of the Christmas story (the Biblical one, not the Red Rider BB Gun one) each year when we were little. We'd play the parts, making my older sister play everything except for Mary, Joseph, and the Angel. The costumes were old dance costumes, bed sheets, and bath robes; we'd even use stuffed animals as props! We of course thought it was Broadway quality, but I'm sure we'd all die laughing if we saw a recording of it now.

3. The Christmas I didn't get anything on my list - When I was 6 years old I wrote a letter to Santa, put it in the mail, and then didn't get a single thing on my list. Okay so that sounds really harsh, and there's of course a good reason, but it was very traumatic to 6 year old me. My mom was 7 months pregnant that Christmas and I was not exactly excited about getting a baby sister. So instead of Santa bringing me those gifts they all came from my baby sister two months later. Instead under the Christmas tree I got the pink version of everything my older sister had asked for/gotten under the tree from Santa. My mom thought if the new baby gave me all the gifts I'd wanted I'd be more excited about her being born.

4. Reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Growing up my mom would read this book to my siblings and I every year. This is such a classic story to me that I'm always surprised when more people have never read it. It's a great short read (about 75 pages) that's fun and endearing and really helps you remember the true meaning of Christmas. This year I borrowed a copy from my library and have been reading it a few pages a night to help put me in the Christmas spirit!

What's one of your favorite childhood Christmas memories?

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