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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Deck the Halls 2012

The Nativity.  Because it is Christ's birth that we celebrate.

I tend to keep my private family blog separate from my other blogs and I don't often post personal things here. But, I thought it would be fun to share some of our family Christmas with you.

There are certain traditions to Christmas and one is that our tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving.  It's just what I do.

If you don't believe, you don't receive.

Another tradition is that we each get a new ornament for the tree.  My mom always gave my sisters and me a new ornament every year, often commemorating an event or trip. While we all lived at home, we'd have a girls day trip to San Francisco for lunch and to see all the Christmas windows on Union Square.  Back in the day, that was the thing to do and those windows were spectacular.  Macy's always had a Christmas store on their top floor and it was so fun. Those ornaments went with us when we moved out.

Last year, one of our family ornaments was a TARDIS.  
Every Christmas tree needs a TARDIS as well as a Dalek.

I have kept the tradition of new ornaments and my boys look forward to choosing a new ornament each year.

Because of that ornament tradition, our tree is very eclectic, but it's also very much us. We have dinosaurs on our tree and a pink flamingo.  We have world monuments like a pyramid, L'Arc d'Triomphe and Colosseum.  We have a star fish and a coke can.  And we love it!

I have collected Christmas stories for years.  We read them all season long, but on Christmas Eve, we each share our favorite story and then we read the biblical account of Christ's birth.


  1. We have an eclectic tree too - I think they're the best. Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas! What a beautiful Nativity set. Enjoy the holidays :)

  3. Merry Christmas!
    We have the same ornament tradition too, although so far it's only three years old. I can't wait til we're older and can look back over all of the ornaments we have collected :)

  4. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Its wonderful to hold on to special holiday traditions.