Christmas Memories

 When we transitioned to staying here in Texas for Christmas instead of celebrating in Missouri with family, we had to come up with some new traditions.  Our Christmas Eve is one of those.  We go to our church's Christmas Eve service and then go have a nice dinner {typically at a steakhouse}.  We dress up and this evening feels much different than Christmas Day spent mostly in our pajamas.

I'm guessing due to 2020 you might be changing things up this holiday season.  Let this be an encouragement to you today...


I saw this meme on Instagram this week and it really hit home.  The only two gifts I can remember getting as a kid on Christmas are the Queen Greatest Hits cassette tape and a Nike wind suit that my mom coordinated all the way down to the socks.  That's it!  But I can remember so many amazing details about what games we played, how it felt to have my entire family in a church pew at the Christmas Eve service, and always how my grandma's house smelled on Christmas.  So I decided to poll my kids...

Ebby Lee
Best-My favorite thing is going to the Christmas Eve service as a family.
Worst-I don't have a least favorite thing.
Best Present-My desk

Nixon
Best-We get to go to the Christmas Eve Service, have a nice steak dinner and then open presents on Christmas.
Worst-I've got nothing.
Best Present-I can't remember.

Bowen
Best-Opening Presents
Worst-There's too much chocolate.
Best Present-Bike

Britt
Best-Presents and Jingle Bells {her FAVORITE song at the moment}
Worst-She had nothing.
Best Present-Bike

When I asked my kids these questions, they didn't hesitate to answer with what happens to be their favorite or best part of Christmas.  They didn't have to think twice.  But every one of them took a long while to answer when it came to their best gift and Nixon still couldn't come up with something.

I just wanted to send a little reminder and bit of encouragement to you today...the magic of the Christmas season is what they'll remember when our children are all grown up.  This year in 2020 may they remember the game night you had as a family around the Christmas tree, the night you dropped off gifts to a family in need, or Christmas morning as you read about the birth of Jesus.

Here's to not stressing about those last few days of shopping because we all know the presents won't be remembered years from now.  Let's make some new and magical memories this Christmas season.

XO

15 comments

Becky said...

Thank you! We don't experience a traditional experience. We normally take a vacation but this year we are for the first time ever setting up a tree buying presents making meal plans it will be a completely new experience for us.

Julie C. said...

Thank you SOOOO much for this reminder!!!! I just hope I am making memories my kids will never forget :) The years are going SOOOO fast & it's making me sad. Here's to many more happy memories no matter what the world throws at us :)

Caitlin Davies said...

This is an awesome post/ reminder thank you! Also Bowen worst “ too much chocolate” this made me 😂.

Dustie Day said...

This, this, this!!!!!!

Elspeth Mizner said...

I absolutely love this!!!!! So important and so meaningful! Thank you for sharing!!
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Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

SUCH A GREAT POST AND REMINDER!!!

TorontoSAM said...

"There's too much chocolate!" Hahah, that's great. He sounds like me.
That is a great reminder. My parents aren't coming from Nova Scotia this year and it is disappointing, but Christmas isn't cancelled, there are still lots of things we can do to make this a great Christmas. I will ask my kids what they like about the holidays, they may surprise me!

Mix and Match Mama said...

I don't love a lot of chocolate either, Bowen. A little is nice...but who wants "too much"? I love him so much.

angie said...

You know, the Christmas Eve Service has been my tradition for all of my years, and this year will be different. I got married this year, for the first time, at 43, and will be with inlaws on Christmas Eve and don't know what church will be for them. I have a hard time thinking of favorite gifts and things as well. It really is about the experiences.
Merry Christmas!

Julie Bradford said...

I LOVE THIS!!! goodness it's so true.. I think I will poll my kiddos tonight just to see what they say. Thank you so much for this reminder!!! one last thing.. Bowen? too much chocolate.. those words have never come out of my mouth .. hahhaha

Stephanie Platt said...

LOVE this post! Thanks for the reminder!

Kate said...

Love this! Such a great reminder. And although I don’t agree with Bowen about the chocolate, my 9 year old feels the same 😂

Kelsee said...

This is such a great post. Thank you for sharing!

Memphis Bridges said...

My favorite post! Love not only the reminder but how you made it tangible with the example of your sweet kids. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Joanne said...

Aw, what sweet answers! Now I'm going to have to poll my kids today..