‘Tis the season!
Since last year our Christmas cards were stolen off of our doorstep twice by some jerk in our apartment building, we skipped a year with cards. But this year we are back, people! My brother Kevin snapped some photos for us one weekend while he was visiting and I am so appreciative because we don’t have many pictures (that I like) of all 3 of us. He has a great eye and I’m happy we’ll have these forever. Thanks Kev! Duncan could not make it into these photos on account of being a total psycho but rest assured he is still very much a part of the Raymond fam.
We’re in the midst of a whirlwind of packing and it seems that the Christmas season has been flying by. We are really looking forward to heading down to Williamsburg this week where we can forget about the move for a little while and embrace everything CHRISTMAS while surrounded by family. It really is so much more magical having Josie with us and getting to see everything new again through her eyes, from decorations to lights to brightly colored wrapping paper.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions growing up was making “Santa signs.” It was always my dad’s project with us on Christmas eve. We would go to the store and get fun craft supplies along with big poster boards, and come home to make our signs. We put our names on them super big and decorated them with glitter and puff paint, and then ceremoniously decided in which corner of the living room we would put our sign. That way, Santa would know where to put all our presents! Christmas morning my dad would always go down the stairs first to make sure Santa had come. We’d wait at the top of the stairs holding our breath, waiting for him to say, “WOW, he really outdid himself this year!” so we could race down the stairs, run to our signs and see what had magically appeared overnight. I definitely want to make Santa signs with my kids so Josie better learn to write her name in the next 6 days!
Zach’s favorite traditions are driving around looking at Christmas lights at night in our Christmas pajamas, and decorating the house in the most extreme way possible. Since we’ve been married we always have grilled cheese and tomato soup on the nights we decorate!
What are your favorite holiday traditions? I’m collecting ideas – Christmas is 100x more fun with a baby, in case you were wondering. I CAN’T WAIT.