It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas!
And like the child I am at heart I couldn’t be more excited. Every year I spend countless hours putting together and crafting gifts for my loved ones and for the first time in years I’m actually right on schedule.
I love everything about the season, from the overplayed Christmas Music (with the exception of “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” … I hate that song to the fiery depths of my soul) to the decorations.
I love the look on my family’s faces as they open the presents I have made them, and the way my parents stick to tradition while not letting things ever feel stale. I love that my brother and sister’s birthdays surround Christmas so that all of the major events happen so close together (even if my wallet doesn’t love this).
I love my Craft Beer Advent Calendar which I have peeked in every morning before work, putting my daily beer in the fridge to enjoy when I get home.
But most of all, I love the general spirit of the season.
Christmas and all of the days leading up to it are something I adore and look forward to each and every year and this year is no exception.
Finally after the travesty that was 2014 (Bitter? No, I’m just unsweetened!) I can begin to put everything behind me and move forward. It’s an exciting feeling, and one that I am relishing.
So deck the halls and pour me some egg nog because this girl is in the spirit!
Now, without further ado, here are my top five favourite Porter Family Christmas Traditions:
- Christmas Breakfast: My family starts off every Christmas by opening our stockings and then taking a break from presents so my Mom and Dad can make an amazingly epic Christmas Breakfast while we children lounge about and either play a board game or just chat. It’s always so lovely and splits the day up quite nicely.
- Santa Presents: Even though we are all grown up my Mom still gives us “Santa Presents” each year, and this is a tradition I have even adopted in my own relationships (this year Santa is giving Kevin and me a board game).
- Appies in the Evening: Rather than spend all of Christmas day cooking my family has always eaten assorted appies for dinner on Christmas. Rolls, puffs, veggies and cheese! It’s a delight.
- Christmas Eve Mass: I am not a very religious person (and I won’t get into a religious discussion) but I love Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It’s beautiful.
- Christmas with Frank Mills and Friends: This is the soundtrack of my childhood and my absolute all-time favourite Christmas CD.