This morning my child Jasper woke up at 6 AM, shook my husband and I awake, and sped off to the living room where our alien head-adorned Christmas tree is sitting. There were a handful of presents underneath it that we had to put out the night before so our kid wouldn’t spend every day leading up to Christmas trying to rip the presents apart.
We ate cinnamon rolls and drank a lot of coffee like we always do while Jasper ripped through everyone’s presents, after asking if it’s ok if he helps each of us out. After that we put on Love Actually, a tradition my husband and I started a few years ago — we watch it once a year, always on Christmas Day. Jasper watched the opening scene because it’s funny and then proceeded to alternate between being bored with the film and asking if we can watch Cars or Toy Story instead (no for now, but I could probably be talked into Toy Story later).
We then got dressed and headed out to see extended family that’s in town, and the scene will more or less repeat itself as it has for every year that we’ve been a family… and that’s pretty much it: the short version of our Christmas day celebrations.
December and January aren’t limited to Christmas — how do you and your family celebrate your wintery holiday(s) of choice?