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Your favorite things about the holiday season (this can be memories, decorations, shopping lists, fashion, activities, etc.)--I changed the Thanksgiving one to this
Well, my favorite thing about the holiday season is spending time with family.
The annual tradition is to head to my mom's parents' house on Christmas Eve. We have a huge feast and then open presents. Sadly, this won't be happening this year because my grandfather is terminally ill with lung cancer.
Christmas Eve, my brother and I head to bed (and pretend to sleep) while our parents bang around and put our gifts under the tree.
Christmas morning we wake up and open our presents. Then, my mom's parents would come by and see what we got (we're their only grandchildren). Then, we would get in the car and head to my dad's parents in Richmond. We have Christmas lunch and open presents there. Then, we typically would head to the bay house and there would be gifts under that tree too from my mom's parents.
Obviously, this year there are many changes to these traditions. We won't be having Christmas Eve at my mom's parents, and we aren't going to the bay house. Our Christmas will be really small. I'm okay with that though, because spending quality time with my grandfather is much more important than any present he could give me.
Some of my favorite memories are from those Christmas Eves. My grandparents gave me every single American Girl doll I own, except one that my mom won for me. They also gave me my My Twinn doll. My grandmother ordered a matching dress for me and made me put it on so my doll and I could match. It was adorable. My grandfather also had a cradle specially made for me and my dolls.
What are your favorite memories from the holidays? Don't forget to link up!