Monday, November 26, 2012
What is Marriage: Holiday Traditions
What would marriage be without two different families to negotiate around the holidays? John and I got lucky; our parents live only three hours apart, so we're able to see them both over Christmas. Typically we spend Christmas Eve in Atlanta with his mom and Christmas Day in Aiken with my family. Although it was exciting to share each other's family holiday traditions after we met, it's been just as lovely to develop our own.
1. Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
In Cleveland, John and I had an apartment that was too small for our little family. It didn't have a single closet, and you had to duck and bend in multiple directions to use the bathroom. Since John grew up loving Snoopy, I gave him a Charlie Brown tree that made our tiny living room just as festive as any other. Now I look forward to it every year.
2. Early Private Celebration
Before traveling to Atlanta and Aiken, the two of us have our own private Christmas, with a fancy dinner cooked together, wine, music, presents. It's something I hope we continue forever. (Also, we get to open presents four days early. Wahoo!)
John and I love making gifts for the people we love. We've made baking together each year a habit, which is really fun. In Cleveland, we made tons of tiny shortbread sandwiches shaped like gingerbread men with hazelnut spread in the middle. Last year, we even made jelly, the first science experiment I'd conducted since the 5th grade.
4. Herbie's Christmas Pajamas
The trap door says it all.
Tonight, we're drinking mulled wine and doing a little decorating. Can't wait.
P.S. From years past: Dating Christmas and Engaged Christmas