This time of year is always exciting in my house. I have 11 year old twins, who are ridiculously excited for Christmas. The energy and excitement of a child on Christmas morning, makes a lot of the challenges throughout the year worth it!
Traditions are such a huge part of the holiday season. My grandparents were from Czechoslovakia, and when I was a kid I thought our holiday traditions were over the top. Every year we would throw nuts in every corner of the room for "health, happiness, love and wealth", literally, we would throw food in corners, and we couldn't touch them for days otherwise our wishes wouldn't come true. We would put honey on our foreheads and say prayers for a healthy new year...do you know what that did to a teenaged forehead?! We would open one gift on Christmas Eve, only one; that was tortuous as a kid. There are so many more traditions that we did, and as a kid, I thought they were lame.
Well now I have kids, and I realize how important these traditions were. Every year my family decorates our tree while listening to The Beach Boys Christmas, then we have an appetizer party while we watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Every Christmas Eve, we open one present, which is always Christmas pajamas that the kids wear that night. When they were little they thought it was awesome to get xmas pj's, now they're old enough to know I pick out their "one gift" and yes, it's so we can have festive Christmas morning pictures. :)
My kids are growing up fast, and I revel in the fact that they still want to spend this much time on our traditions. And who knows, they may think they're lame; but one day they'll appreciate it!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season!