Friday, December 25, 2015

How Christmas Changes Through The Years

OK~ There's something to be said that Christmas does not change, but it does. One thing that never changes is the fact that we celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus and gather together. It's also no secret that many do not have anywhere to go on Christmas, and it's just an ordinary day. And then there's the family photo when the dog won't cooperate, yeah, that's us!

For several years now, our parents and our kids' grandparents have traveled to Texas for the winter. So... that brought changes to how we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is celebrated in November with extended family and then in December, it's just the four of us. Our boys are now 20 and 24, so that brings a different feel, as well.

We had never considered going to a movie on Christmas Day until this year. Yes, we went to Star Wars and I'm glad we did. It was honestly something that I never grew up doing on Christmas Day and felt kind of odd, but after I got in the theater, it was all good.

We exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, which was a tradition that my husbands side of the family always had. We have kept that with our boys, and I also know that down the road that day may change. Right now our boys do not have a significant other, so there are no scheduling conflicts.

It was after 9 a.m. this morning that anyone was moving around the house. Much different from 10 years ago. The years fly by and if there's one thing I have learned, it's ok to be flexible and enjoy the time together that you can have.

Reflecting on Christmas 2015 has me asking, "Why do we have to have a day on the calendar to remind us to love one another?" Anyone else have any thoughts on that? I'd love to hear them. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?


  1. I don't think there's a wrong time to celebrate Christmas. We've found that it can feel complicated when there are different sets of parents / in-laws and different family Christmases. This year we had to say more no's to events than before to keep our sanity. It can be nice to have celebrations spread out too. Plus, seeing Star Wars on Christmas sounds like a lot of fun and a great family activity. Merry Christmas to you and Skipper!

    1. Skipper says thank you- Miss you! Glad you had a great time with family.


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