Tomorrow morning Drew, Jackson and I are going to pick out a Christmas tree and then spend a couple hours decorating and sprucing the place up for the holidays. This is only the second year ever that Drew’s had a Christmas tree — last year was the first — and we debated whether to even get one this year what with a very mobile and curious toddler-baby on the loose (Is he a toddler? Is he a baby? Whatever! I’m calling him a “toddler-baby” until the other kids at the playground quit pointing at him and saying “Bay-bee!!”). But we’re suckers for the glow of the lights and the twinkle of the ornaments and the smell of fresh evergreen, so we decided to take the chance, curious hands be damned.
Since this is only the second year we’re doing the whole tree thing and it’s only the second holiday season we’ve got Jackson around, our traditions — if you can even call them that yet — are still pretty new. Last year, on the evening that we bought our tree, we ordered Caribbean food, drank Baileys martinis and listened to “Marshmallow World” (clip above) on repeat over and over as we strung lights and hung ornaments. Oh! And how could I forget! Before we bought the tree, we had an end-of-year change collection, emptying out our various piggy banks and jars of change. We took it all to the bank and got enough cash for a Christmas tree and a Hanukkah brisket. It worked out so well, we decided to make it a tradition. We also each guess how much cash we’ll get for our change and whoever is closest without going over gets a free dinner from the loser. Because what’s the holidays without a little friendly competition, amiright?
Anyway, when it comes to the holidays, I’m way more into traditions and spending time with family and friends than I am about the gifts, although I do sometimes really enjoy gift-giving. Mostly, I get pretty overwhelmed with all the shopping that has to be done, though, and breathe a heavy sigh of relief when my list is complete.
But what about you? Do you have favorite traditions or memorable gifts you’ve received or given? Are there any gifts this year you’re particularly excited about giving?