Well it's official - the holiday maddness upon us. My house is overflowing with Christmas ornaments, my pint sized tree and plenty of Christmas Cheer! And after doing an assignment with my daughters about their favorite memories of the holidays, along with all the wonderful answers I got from Kharisma and my Kindle Touch Contest, I thought it might be fitting if I give you a glimpse of my favorite holiday memories.
Top Ten Holiday Memories/Traditions
10. Spending Christmas Eve with my grandparents as a child. We'd take a two hour drive from Cedar Rapids to Clinton every year until the year my Grandfather passed away.
9. Going to my mother's for Christmas Eve Breakfast. She always made breakfast quiche and french toast, a tradition she started during my teen years.
8. Making Christmas Cookies and sweets with my daughters. They love decorating sugar cookies. I have a whole drawer full of various sprinkles.
7. Putting up the Christmas Tree with my kids. Every year one member of my family gets to put our stain glass star at the top of the tree. This year it was my dad who did the honors.
6. The last year I sat on Santa's lap. A family tradition on my mother's side - each year, my uncle Harry would dress like Santa, and all of us grandkids sat on his lap and he'd give us a gift. The last year I was required to "sit on Santa's lap" I was twenty and 8 months pregnant with my first child. I still have the Polaroids of it - maternity dress and all.
5. Putting together my daughters's Little Tykes Kitchenette, complete with stove, microwave and sink when they were 2 and 4. Box said some assembly required...and it should have said complete assembly. I spent from 11pm Christmas Eve til 2 am Christmas morning putting it together so it would fully assembled under the tree. I woke less than two hours later to my daughters playing with it and screaming that Santa had come. I laugh now but I wasn't happy at the time.
4. The year we got our Missi-moo, our rat terrier/shih-zhu puppy and the kids got her a raw hide bone bigger than she was. They put in her own Christmas stocking and as little as she was, she crawled into the sock to get it.
3. My first Christmas with Mr. Trace. We didn't have much so I made popcorn strings and paper mache ornaments. I was huge with my son and my hubby had to help me up off the couch.
2. The birth of my son. (He was born Christmas Eve.) What a wonderful year that was. My mother had to bring the Breakfast Quiche to me in the hospital.
1. Making Christmas Breakfast of Homemade Belgium Waffles and Sausage for my family, a tradition I took over after Mom passed on.
Okay now that I've told you about my favorite, give me a glimpse of what you find the most memorable about Christmas by commenting below to be entered to win the complete set of my Dom of Chicago books, including the just released His Christmas Wish: Myrna's Submission. Just make sure you list your email address, so I have away to contact you if you happen to be the winner!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!