It’s almost the end of the fall semester which means that Christmas activities are in full swing! Our tree is decorated, lights are up, and most importantly our fireplace is decorated with over 20 years of wooden Santa Clauses that were made by my grandpa.
My whole town is lit up for Christmas, including the farm across the street that I talked about in a past post. There’s also a park in downtown Kalamazoo that is called “Candy Cane Lane.” Every year Brett and I walk down Candy Cane Lane together and look at all the lights. So pretty!
I love Christmas because it means uninterrupted time with my family. I like spending the night before Christmas Eve at the lake with my mom’s family where we play games and celebrate my cousin’s birthday. Christmas Eve morning we wake up and head back out to the lake to celebrate Christmas with a gift exchange.
Then on Christmas Eve night we celebrate with my dad’s family at our house for the annual “Smithmas Eve” celebration (Smith’s+Christmas=Smithmas.) Christmas Eve is one of my favorite days of the year because I get to see both sides of my family and we get to do all of our Christmas traditions.
This time last year I was preparing for my study abroad trip. Christmas Eve meant saying goodbye to many of my family members that I wouldn’t get to see again until I got back. I am looking forward to catching up with them and sharing my experiences and adventures!
On Christmas morning my sister always wakes my mom, dad, Brett, and I up super early in the morning to open presents. She still gets as excited about Christmas now as she did when she was little. We open presents and then eat fresh cinnamon rolls and watch old home movies. Christmas morning is all about relaxing and spending time together.
In the evening Brett and I head over to his sister and brother in law’s house for Christmas dinner. We all exchange presents and then usually end the night by playing a game. This year I’m hoping to have finished all of the Friends seasons so that we can play Friends Scene It.
I am so excited for Christmas this year! Do you have any Christmas/winter traditions? I would love you hear about them below!
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