Continuing our countdown to Christmas-only 19 days left!
If you noticed, I count down to Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day because for our family-the best day of the year is December 24th, and despite evolving holiday traditions-it remains the most magical day of the year for me:)
When I was born, it was just my mom and I and from my very first Christmas at nine months old we started a holiday tradition of spending Christmas Eve together-shopping for last minute items and having a special lunch-just us...I looked forward to this one on one time with her every year. Then we were very fortunate to find my dad (one of the best men in the world) and our traditions changed a little...We still did our lunch just us, but then we also started hosting a Christmas Eve dinner at our home with grandmothers and any uncles or aunts who were alone for the holidays or who could smell my mom's honey glazed ham and were 'in the neighborhood' lol.
Then when I was seven, my brother came along and the holidays got even more fun. My mom and I still clung to our tradition of lunch and shopping though-time together that as I got older, I really cherished. One year, we discovered Pasta Plus-an Italian restaurant in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland and after one bite of their chicken and mushroom crepes, we knew it was our new Christmas Eve lunch spot. The banana split crepes for desert sealed the deal:)
We left Newfoundland when I was twenty and the holidays changed again, with less family and friends around, it was quieter, but we were all still together. Then my parents moved from BC to AB, and for the first time, I didn't get to spend the holidays with them, and my mom and I weren't able to do our holiday tradition...Worse Christmas Ever! I swore it would never happen again, so the following October, I packed up my life in BC (Everything I owned fit in the back of my pickup lol) and my mom flew over from AB and we drove back to AB together. Best Road Trip Ever:)
Now, I'm a mom and our holiday traditions have changed again. Now, because of how busy Christmas Eve can be...mom and I have moved our day out to the Saturday before Christmas and we include my beautiful baby boy. We go to West Edmonton Mall, have lunch, go to Fantasyland, visit Build A Bear for a new holiday stuffed toy. It's all about him and we LOVE it:)
And this year, we found a new tradition for just us-The Festival of Trees Fashion Show and Champagne luncheon. It is definitely our new 'just us' Christmas time together.
Despite the evolution of our holiday traditions, one thing remains the same-being together. It really is what makes each of the memories I have of those outings special. And I know as life changes even more...December 24th will always be my favorite day of the year:)
Enjoy every moment of the season!