Monday, December 8, 2008

Celebrating Christmas

This year we are not going home for Christmas. This will be the first time in my 28 (almost 29!) years that I have not been around my family on the holidays. Same thing for Bart. But, with the addition of baby Ethan, we decided to drive to LA right now would be crazy, even if gas is only $1.49 a gallon!
To help ease the ache of missing all our family and friends, we decided to celebrate Christmas a little bit every day. No, we're not doing Chrismukkah with 8 days of presents and then one big day of presents, we're just doing small things each day. (Man, I sure do miss the OC!)
On Monday, Dec. 1 we had an FHE and wrote out something to do each day on a countdown. Now, we haven't done all of them in the order we created, like Friday Bart worked late, so instead of baking cookies, we drove around and checked out Christmas lights after he got off. We baked cookies last night. So, we are flexible, but we are making sure we do one thing every day.
If you are not feeling "the reason for the season" and feeling a bit "bah-humbug", maybe you could copy our idea. So far it's brought a smile to our face at least once a day and it's given us many opportunities to talk with the boys about Christ, Santa, and everything in between.

make sure you press mute on the slide show.

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PapaJeff said...

That sounds like a good idea. We will miss ya'll terribly, but we sure enjoyed Thanksgiving. I'm not sure what we're doing, other than dinner and some of the presents on Christmas Eve with Justin, Jeni, Trent, and the girls. It will be fun, but will lack some of the excitement Brennan and Jackson would bring.

Next year:)

Robin D said...

That's a cute/fun idea! I also loved the memories of Chrismukkah, thanks for the vidoe. I loved watching the OC!

Anonymous said...

Have you checked out the Ginger Bread houses yet? If not they are great and you should add them to your list. We have been over to see them twice already and will be hosting on the 16th.