I adore Christmas day.
I love me some Christmas Eve.
Even though we dont celebrate the holiday Ive always loved the fact everything goes from HURRRRRY!! (as the token Jew Ive worked countless Christmas Eves helping panicked people find that last minute gift) to slower (typically traffic as we all head home from wherever we are) to STOP.
Sure we end up hanging with friends who celebrate the holiday & that’s FUN—-but my favorite piece is the STOP at home.
Literally no one working.
The tradition started because one of the first pictures we ever received of her was sitting on Santa’s lap and has evolved from there.
The rules are it’s ALWAYS at the same mall.
It’s always a spontaneous decision (hence the post-soccer photo above).
And it’s always the Tornado’s choice (hence one of the years I linked where she’s in her princess nightgown).
Id imagine these Christmas routines sound small in the scope of vast & intricate Christmas traditions of others—but given all the flux and change here recently our yearly trip to the mall & JUST US/NO PACKING tomorrow have taken on greater importance and focus.
I know today is gogogoHECTIC —but Id love to hear one of your Christmas traditions in the comments below.
(I cant promise, however, we wont
steal itappropriate it as we start building our Bay Area traditions for next year…)