it's that time of year again. the weather is kind of frightful and it's beginning to look a lot like christmas. (see what i did there? i know. i am just so clever). there are so many traditions had and memories made around the holiday season. we celebrate christmas in our family, and while we don't really have a lot of traditions (i mean we basically do the same thing every year, but i don't really know if you consider overeating and drinking plenty of wine and taking lots of naps tradition), but i do have many wonderful memories from christmases past. one of my favorite stories is from many ages ago, when my youngest sister was just a wee little girl who could not yet read the clock. it was christmas eve and my two younger sisters and i were snuggled up in our beds trying our hardest to sleep. the excitement of santa clause coming to town was too much, and sleep just wouldn't come. my mom had told us that when we woke up in the morning, we would have to stay in our room until 7:00am in case santa hadn't come yet (ho ho ho)! finally we all drifted off, dreams of sugarplums dancing in our heads (honestly, i doubt we were dreaming of sugarplums. to this day, i have no idea what they are). at some point in the early morning hours i felt myself being shaken awake. i slowly opened my tired little eyes and see my littlest sister, kristin, staring at me with wide, excited eyes. "nora"? she whispered, "what time is it when the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the three. can we wake up yet"? i promptly sent her back to bed, but i have a feeling she didn't sleep at all that night and chose rather to stare at the clock (that she couldn't read) until 7am.
little did we know that that same sister would eventually marry into the clause family. a couple of years ago, her father-in-law showed up at my parent's house on christmas morning dressed as santa clause to surprise all of the nieces and nephews! it was so fun to see all of their little faces light up to see that santa was paying them a special visit! another amazing memory.
and there are many other great ones sprinkled in there. my first christmas as a married woman, as an aunt, as a mom. megan used to throw the funnest christmas parties every year, and it was at one of these that the man that is now my husband met my entire family for the first time. that's a good memory, for sure (especially since he was chatting up one of our family friends for a very long time, thinking the whole time that it was my dad!!! hilarity ensued).
now, i could go on and on and on, but then this would be a long post and i don't want to bore you any more than i already have. but i do want to hear about your favorite holiday or winter traditions and/or memories! please share them in the comments! i am so excited to read them all!
a picture (from 2002) from one of megan's epic holiday parties!
my hubby dressed as santa for our friend, suman's, holiday/birthday party.
jim and my first christmas tree in our new home.
all from mimi's first christmas.
the hubs with his sisters and our oldest nephew. one of their holiday traditions is a pie baking contest. yum!
the christmas tree at the in-law's is always a beautiful sight to see!
thanks for reading and sharing! have a wonderful day!
xoxo, nora bird