For the final Ten on Tuesday, and since I’ll officially be able to turn on my Christmas lights in less than forty-eight hours, I thought I’d share ten of my favorite holiday traditions.
1. The Bowl Schedule. I mentioned this in my football post a few weeks back, but the Bowl Schedule going up always means that the holidays really are here. I love it!
2. Nachos. Nachos are pretty much my favorite thing ever; I’d eat them every day if possible. Knowing that I can’t, the Christmas break is always especially exciting for me as that is the one time of year that I buy the big can of Que Bueno from Costco. We eat lots of nachos over the break!
3. The Way That We Unwrap Gifts. We’ve never been one of those “everyone tear into your gifts” type of family. Gift opening takes hours as the six of us (my parents come over) take turns, each opening one gift at a time. After a sufficient amount of oohing and ahhing, the next person may begin. I love it.
4. My Santa Rule. Obviously when the kids were little, Santa couldn’t come until they were fast asleep. He’s still like that. Santa can’t come, therefore the stockings can’t be filled, until they’re in bed. I love being the last one up, putting the finishing touches on everything.
5. My Christmas Tree. I love, love, love my Christmas tree; it makes me so happy!
6. Shopping With My Dad. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my dad and I have a shopping date. He takes me to dinner, and then we go shopping for my mom. I look forward to it every year.
7. Christmas Eve Breakfast. Ever since the boys were babies, we all get up super early (6am…that’s early for holiday time) and go to breakfast. Since December 24th is actually my favorite day of the year, it’s the perfect way for me to start the day.
8. Peanut Butter Balls. I only make them in December and I don’t give out the recipe; a true family favorite. They will be loaded in both the fridge and the freezer the day that John gets home for Christmas break.
9. Christmas Movies. There are seven that I must watch every year; there are more that I watch every couple of years. Can’t wait.
10. Stille Nacht by Mannheim Steamroller. It’s my ultimate, favorite Christmas song. If I hear it coming on the radio, I immediately turn it off; I avoid it for the entire season. Then, when everything is done and everyone is in bed on Christmas Eve, at the end of my favorite day, I get ready for bed, crawl in, turn off the lights, turn on the song, and close my eyes. I let the beauty of the music wash over me. It’s the only one of my traditions that is truly, solely for me. It’s my moment of perfect peace.