Today begins the 12 Days of Christmas blog challenge and what better way to start off the challenge than with traditions.
Growing up we had many traditions.
|Mom handing out presents in 2007|
Before we even opened gifts, my Mom would light the Christ candle on the advent wreath and read a reading from the advent book she had.
By 8AM we were off to my Grandparents to open presents there and have Christmas breakfast with the extended family.
Over the years, my brothers and I had kids and started our own traditions, although we still went to Mom & Dad's house.
In my own family, I kept some of the traditions. However, I was divorced so my kids went to their Dad's house Christmas eve and arrived at my house on Christmas morning.
|My crazy kids at Christmas|
|Some of the family with Grandma in 2009|
|One of my nieces looking in her stocking|
In 2008, I began yet another tradition. As I had not lived here in Colorado too long and could not get home, my daughter flew out to visit, my son could not come out. We opened Christmas presents and that afternoon, Tamirisc and I got married! That is right, we married Christmas day!
|Us, Christmas Day 2008|
One of the things my kids and I always have done is take a Christmas family photo. I can say, it is NOT traditional! ;)
|2009-the additions are Tamirisc on the left & daughter-in-law on the right|