Compton Law December 2018

December 2018

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM MY CHILDHOOD TO NOW

How I celebrate Christmas with my wife, Carrie, and daughter, Addy, is both different and similar to how I experienced the holidays growing up. Most of what we do for the holiday now centers on long-held family traditions that we keep alive, but plenty of our Christmas festivities are new. We moved into a bigger house this summer, and it’ll be our first year celebrating Christmas in the new place. Addy is really excited about the whole thing, from hanging decorations to setting up our tree. This year, we’re putting our Christmas tree on the second floor, which is similar to a balcony, and she is excited for this fresh arrangement. Addy’s also been busy writing letters and sending packages to Santa Claus over the past couple of months. I had a chance to look at one of the letters she wrote. In it, she asks Santa to make sure he remembers to bring presents to the neighbors across the way. It really warmed my heart that she’s compassionate and cares so much for other people at such a young age.

One thing that remains from my childhood that I incorporate with Addy is to make sure that she has the best Christmas experience every year. I was raised with my parents making a huge effort to ensure that we kids had a great time, whether it was going out to visit family, sitting down for dinner, or opening gifts. Christmas was a pretty big holiday for my family. We have a large family, and for Christmas Day, we’d go to both my grandparents’ houses. One celebration had a lot of cousins present, and my mom and one cousin always made a big deal of making the festivities special for everyone. They made sure that we all had stockings and presents, including the adults. Making us each feel special and included was important for them during the holiday celebration. On Christmas Day, my brother and I would get up in the morning and run to the tree. Mom would have been working all night doing everything she could to make sure we had the full experience. We even had a traditional brick fireplace and stockings; it was very Norman Rockwell. This is also different from how things

are done now with Addy. Carrie and I do our best to make sure she has a great time, but there are always a lot of hectic, last-minute things we do. I usually throw things together the night before. It’s definitely not as structured as my mother did it. One tradition that has continued from when I was growing up is spending time with family. On Christmas morning when I was a kid, we’d open all our gifts from Santa, then we’d visit each of our grandparents’ houses to have lunch and dinner with everyone. This is where all our relatives would come and visit each other. Today, Addy gets up early, and the first thing she does is run to see what’s under the tree, much like how I used to do. At lunchtime, we go to Carrie’s folks’ house for a good-sized meal, and then we head to my mom’s house for a large family dinner. For our Christmas dinners, my brother likes to make interesting dishes that aren’t really what you’d find at a traditional holiday meal. One year, he made a rack of lamb complete with cutlet frills at the end of each bone. Both he and my mom come up with a recipe each year, and I’m looking forward to the end of the month to see what they’ll do this year. From each of us at Compton Law, we wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays! May you honor old traditions and make fresh ones with your loved ones this season. –Dustin L. Compton

“CARRIE AND I DO OUR BEST TO MAKE SURE SHE HAS A GREAT TIME, BUT THERE ARE ALWAYS A LOT OF HECTIC, LAST-MINUTE THINGS WE DO. I USUALLY THROW THINGS TOGETHER THE NIGHT BEFORE. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AS STRUCTURED AS MY MOTHER DID IT.”

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