I’m not sure how long Greg and I will be able to do two Christmas’,
but so far we’ve enjoyed this little newfound Christmas of ours.
You see for the past 5 years of Christmas’ together, we’ve done:
Christmas Eve Candlelight service at the church I grew up in,
followed by ” traditional” Christmas Eve dinner at my mães house,
(I say “traditional” because tradition is relative.
Bacalhau, Paella, Frango Galinhada, e o óbvio Arroz.)
followed by singing happy birthday to Jesus,
followed by a birthday cake + champagne toast to the King,
followed by a countdown to midnight tearing all the previously gorgeous time consuming gift wrapping to pieces,
followed by a coconut flan,
followed by a 1am departure to PA in order to Christmas morning at Greg’s parents,
pit stopping at Dunkin Donuts for some cafezinho get us to PA.
Christmas Day we’d wake up around what we night owls would usually deem atrociously early,
but not on Christmas morning.
Even we night owls wake up as giddy as kids on Christmas morning,
because of two words: CHRISTMAS morning.
The good in that first word far outweighs the bad in the second.
Then we would consume all the fresh out of the oven monkey bread,
hear Greg’s dad read the Christmas story – the Jesus one not to be confused with the santa one I thought he was gonna read- after breakfast..
Then, slowly but lovingly, opening gifts from one another.
It was such a contrast to the fast paced high-energy gift opening from the night before,
but it was such a sweet balance.
Later that day we would have Christmas dinner at Grandma’s & Grandpa’s, where I laughed more than I ate , which if you know me is saying a lot.
THIS YEAR, we switched things up a tad by spending the night at Glenia’s,
then making an 8am Dunkin Donuts stop,
followed by Christmas brunch with Mom, Dad,Alexa,Josh, and Grandma,
exchanging gifts all the while missing Ashley + Grant,
& hitting the road to have a little Christmas at our house.
Our little 801.
Chinese Christmas Chicken for Dinner ( a new & DELICIOUS tradition).
The traditions change.
Insider tip for ya, it’s not the traditions that matter,
it’s the people you’re sharing them with.
These Christmas traditions are such a blast,
but it’s inevitable that with the help of
adapting + adjusting these traditions will become essential to preserve the only tradition that matters,
GATHERING with the ones we love.
Make the tradition of GATHERING with the ones you love you’re favorite Christmas tradition.
So that no matter what life throws our way,
no matter what inescapable life changes take place,
you could ground yourself in the truth that
The best tradition
The best gift
is to be with those we love.