There’s something about having a child of your own that makes you understand and appreciate your own traditions and I’ve certainly found that to be true around this Christmas season.  We’ve been reaching back in our memories to think about what Holiday tradtions were important to us growing up and which ones we want to continue.  An equally important question, what new traditions do we want to start as our own little family?

A few weekends back we picked out our first family Christmas tree!  We had intentions of getting out of town to cut down our own tree but you Mr. Cal really don’t love car rides beyond 45 minutes so the Our Lady of Grace lot was the next best thing.  They had Christmas music playing, lights were strung, a heaping bonfire roared and they were serving hot apple cider-the perfect combination to jump start our Christmas’ing.  I should mention that I realize Christmas’ing is not a word but I think it’s more fun than “preparing for Christmas” or something like that.

FIrst Family Tree

First Family Tree

The star goes up!  Thanks Meecie for helping :)

The star goes up! Thanks Meecie for helping 🙂

Calvin has only broken one ornament and has for the most part avoided the tree.  We still have a few weeks left with the tree so I’ll knock on wood with the previous statement.  Along with the tree came the house decorations.  Garland and lights were strung and the Christmas table was set for the first of many Holiday meals.


After Calvin went to sleep the other night Nick and I made sugar cookies.



Can you tell which one your Dad made Cal?

Can you tell which one your Dad made Cal?

We paid a visit to Great Grammy and Al Pal’s and looked at their beautiful tree with over 10,000 lights (fact check anyone?)


We’ve had a constant rotation of classic Christmas movies on including Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Love Actually, Home Alone, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and Frosty the Snowman.


We celebrated Calvin’s wonderful teachers at the J with goodies and gifts.  They are such a part of our family!

We LOVE these ladies!

We LOVE these ladies!


And last but not least, since we are at the Sabes Jewish Community Center for daycare, we’ve been doing a little Hanukkah’ing too!


We’ve got lots more Christmas’ing to fit in over the next week and a half so I better get to it!  A very Merry Christmas to you and to yours and maybe Hanukkah too!