Like many Bay Area expats we’re taking our baby home this Christmas and I’m already prepping for the long journey back to the UK. We’ve done one other long-haul flight with him and several shorter ones. This is what we’ve learned so far:
I admit it. I’ve had some trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year. One of my favorite things to do is send holiday cards. I didn’t send a one. Didn’t want to. This year I have been busier than usual and I think that has something to do with my glumness. I haven’t taken the time to let the holidays in. I’m going to set some time aside to immerse myself in a few holiday traditions that have given me that warm fuzzy holiday feeling in the past. Making sugar cookies. Check out Michelle’s family recipe. Getting a tree – even […]
A few weeks ago I wrote about two important Christmas traditions. One – cutting down a tree, and Two – baking sugar cookies. I’ve done both now, so I guess Christmas must be getting close. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped a year of making these.
It’s the time of year when traditions are prevalent. Some were purposely and thoughtfully created while others just evolved. For example, I sought out the perfect wooden advent calendar with the intention of opening 25 magical doors becoming tradition in my children’s lives. On the other hand, when my Mom and I start to decorate the inside of the house for Christmas, my Dad goes and puts the lights on the outside of the house. It happens the same way, at the same time, every year. It just started happening that way and now, it’s tradition. In my experience, regardless […]
What are some of your favorite Christmas/Holiday Traditions? For me, Christmas isn’t really Christmas unless I do two things. One – bake Christmas cookies and two – cut down/pick out a Christmas tree. Now, picking up a tree from Safeway or Home Depot gets the job done, and can be cost effective, but for me and my family, it’s about more than just getting a tree. Ever since I can remember, going out to get a tree was a special day. Some years it would just be me and my mom, and other years, we would go out with all […]
My family and friends have been delighted to receive gifts that are local to where I am living. They have expressed that it creates a feeling of sharing an experience. Gifts that are representative of my everyday life, for them to experience, have been big hits in the past.