Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas, Mixed Family Style

This weekend was "Christmas Day" for my family because my stepson left to spend Christmas with his "real" mom on Saturday. Since he wouldn't be coming back until after the New Year, we allowed him to open his presents on Friday. I have to say, it's felt strange to open Christmas gifts on December 16th, but what could I do? I couldn't make him wait until after Christmas...that would have been torturous for him. After reading the Christmas story out of the Bible, we opened our gifts, with Christmas music playing in the background and a fire blazing in the fireplace.

My husband and I opened our gifts from J. This was the first year he spent his own money to buy gifts. It was so cute to see him making lists of who to buy for, and what to buy for them. Even the dog received something.

And I insisted that we start a new tradition of taking a family portrait in front of the fire.

I rather miss celebrating Christmas on a single day, December 25th. Christmas somehow doesn't seem as special when you celebrate it on 3 or 4 separate occasions. My husband and I are opening a couple of gifts from each other right before we leave for our vacation, and then we'll be opening a couple on Christmas Day with the rest of my family. I guess that's life in a mixed family, though.


  1. I'm sorry you didn't get to celebrate on the 25th, but you guys take a lovely picture. Have fun in Hawaii!

  2. So glad you at least still got to spend a "special" day together. Great tradition to start with taking a picture by the fireplace!

  3. We have to do the same thing. We just opened gifts with my in-laws, then we'll open them with my parents on Christmas Day. You guys are super cute though! Love the portrait!

  4. Love the family portrait tradition idea! Merry Christmas!


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