Thanks to Trish I have a new blog group that I'm apart of. The question is what are your Christmas traditions.
I must admit that since my daughter's medical diagnosis in January 2010 I have not been able to get in the Christmas spirit whether it is putting up the tree or going shopping and I love shopping. I think some of this ties in with our financial issues. I try not to think about whether or not this may be the last holiday that we spend together. So much changes when you have a child or other loved one with a chronic, incurable illness/disease.
One of the traditions that I really enjoy is putting up and decorating the tree. I would have put up the tree this past weekend but we had company so I will do it this weekend. Nicole and I decorate the tree while watching a Christmas DVD with some of the classic's Frosty, Rudolph etc. Sometimes Nicole will have hot chocolate and I will have coffee. It is tiring for Nicole as she only has so much energy but I know she enjoys it. I have also bought her an ornament every year since she was born so when she had a place/family of her own she would be able to decorate her tree.
Another tradition that I really enjoy is riding around looking at the Christmas lights which we usually do on Christmas night on the way home from Grandma and Grandpa's house. I have found though a lot of people go to a relatives house and the lights aren't on.
I hope that I will be in the Christmas spirit a little more. I have started Christmas cards but only have a limited number as I refuse to buy more until after Christmas when they are very cheap.