Christmastime is one of the busiest times of the year here in our household. It starts the day after Thanksgiving, when I lift the ban on Julie listening to Christmas music. That Christmas music doesn’t stop until the end of December. That first post-Thanksgiving weekend is our weekend to decorate and get the lights up on the house, but most of all, it is our time to cut down and decorate our Christmas tree.
Every year in the lead up to Christmas, we like to do something for our neighbors. This year, we decided we wanted to give out cookies and went a little overboard. We made about 15 dozen cookies, hand decorating over 100 of those. It took a full weekend, but it was a lot of fun.
This year, we started what we hope will be a new tradition. This was the inaugural year for the Tacky Lights Run. This 6k race is at night and winds the runners through a neighborhood famous for its tacky lights. It absolutely poured that night, but everybody still came out all dressed up in lights and Santa costumes. It was really pretty special.
Christmas day is our day. We exchange our gifts and make cinnamon buns and just enjoy the day together. We can’t wait to share this with our child. In the days after Christmas, we visit with family. This year, both of our parents travelled to our house. It was really nice to have them around and enjoy the season with them. As I sit here on New Year’s Day, writing this post, I can’t help but think of all of the changes that 2014 might bring. It is a little daunting, but we couldn’t be more excited.