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NOAH’S FIRST CHRISTMAS!
CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS WITH OLD AND NEW TRADITIONS
It’s been about six months since Rachel and I welcomed our first child, Noah, into this world, and I’m amazed at how he changes every day. Sometimes, I’ll come home and realize he’s
Coincidentally, Rachel and I both celebrated Christmas Eve growing up by opening one gift that evening. We all remember just how magical Christmas was as a kid, yet, somehow, that tradition
Vacation,” but I also enjoy “A Christmas Story,” “The Santa Clause,” “Elf,” and “The Polar Express.” There’s nothing quite like these movies to put you in the holiday spirit. I have many fond memories of the holidays, but I particularly enjoy one tradition Rachel and I have created for ourselves. Around mid-November, Rachel gets the itch to turn on the Christmas music. She’s usually able to hold off until after Thanksgiving when we begin decorating our home for Christmas. We turn on classic holiday music, order some Chinese take-out food, and make our home as festive as possible. We throw lights on the outside of the house and fill in the yard with all sorts of crazy inflatables. We set up the Christmas tree and deck it out. This year, a few gifts for Noah will be underneath the tree, too. For years, this has been our special way of welcoming Christmas to our home, and I cannot wait to see how Noah’s presence makes it even more special.
learned something new or developed a new trait, and I can’t wait to see how he grows each day. I’m already picturing the Christmas mornings when he comes running into
made Christmas Eve feel even more special. And every year, that gift would be a new pair
of pajamas. Rachel and I continue that tradition, and we even used to get matching pajamas
the living room, sheer joy on his face as he marvels at all the presents Santa brought him.
for our dogs! This year, Noah gets his first set of
Of course, I can’t talk about the holidays without referencing a few staples. For example, my mom always makes buckeyes for the holidays, which, if you have never had buckeyes, you are doing something wrong! Buckeyes are peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate — a simple treat in many respects, but that’s what makes it so good! And then there’s the rotation of the five classic Christmas movies we enjoy. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve felt compelled to watch “National Lampoon’s Christmas
As we prepare for Noah’s first Christmas, it’s exciting to see how he will become involved in the holiday traditions we have created. I can’t wait to teach him about the reason we celebrate Christmas and attend Christmas Eve church services together as a family. Including our faith, Rachel and I have brought a few holiday traditions from our childhoods into our marriage and young family, but, over the years, we have developed a few of our own, too.
Happy holidays to you and your family!
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