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.