Kody and I have been married since October 24th...but have been together over 6 years. This is actually our 7th Christmas together, but, we have NEVER spent Christmas day or Eve together. Our relationship started out long distant and so the fact that we couldn't be together over the holidays didn't really bother us. Finally I moved there for college and could have spent Christmas with them, but I didn't want to sacrifice my holidays until I had to. (Note: I love his family...nothing to do with that!) His sister-in-law gave me advice...not to share holidays until absolutely necessary. So, we didn't!
My Dad owns a jewelry store. His busiest time of the year is from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Since I was 15 I would help out over the holidays....time crept on and I was all the sudden only able to work on Christmas Eve, but that was always a busy day. Men of course wait until the last minute! :) My mom always brings lunch out to my dad's store for everyone to eat during different shifts and we close when it finally slows down around 4. Then my dad and I usually would ride around together for awhile and just talk. My family goes to Christmas Eve service (my favorite service of the year) around 7. We sing Christmas songs and the church is normally packed with family from out of town visiting. The past 6 or 7 years we've gone to my Aunt Judy's after church and just chill. We eat appetizers & play games....nothing that involved gifts because we exchange with that side of the family the next day.
My parents always had us go to bed at a decent time on Christmas Eve....Now, Santa has never proved to NOT BE REAL at my house...so we'll see this year now that I'm married. My brother & I would wake up on Christmas morning and Santa had been there and we each had a big pile of unwrapped toys, games, etc. We always had the coolest stockings too. We'd then open gifts from my parents and just sit and relax. We had Christmas lunch with my dad's side of the family and it rotates each year where we have it...(my parents house, or 2 aunts)...next year it's our turn to host!
This year will be different since I'm married. We are spending Christmas Eve with my parents and after church will exchange gifts with them and Alex. We probably won't get to go to my aunts and hang out since Kody and I have to leave the next day for Jackson. We'll spend Christmas day and the weekend in Jackson with Kody's family. They normally have a big Thompson Christmas Eve bash on the 24th, but we won't be there for that either. You have to compromise!
Once we have children I can't wait to do Christmas. We will be pretty traditional when it comes to waking up at home and having Santa gifts all out for the kiddos to see! I remember just wanting to stay home and play with my new toys on Christmas day!! It's so fun!
So....show us your life....Christmas Traditions!