I didn’t celebrate Christmas growing up. I got my first Christmas tree after I moved in with my best friend when I was in law school. I first celebrated Christmas with my now-husband a year or two into our relationship. I had this picture in my head of what waking up on Christmas morning should be like: wake up, look out the window to see if it had snowed, bake cinnamon rolls (from the tube, of course) and brew coffee while we sit on the floor in our PJs and bathrobes and exchange gifts.
After the lazy, slow morning, we would go back to my family’s Christmas traditions of seeing a movie and eating Chinese food. Our traditions have changed over the years. In Louisville we would see the movie and eat the Chinese food with my parents, and it was always a buffet. When we moved to Boston, my husband was so set on finding a buffet but we accidentally discovered hot pots and our Christmas tradition evolved…(also the hot pot place had a two hour wait so we now supplemented our tradition with drinks at the hotel bar nearby!)
This year we are adjusting our traditions, yet again, and going to Getaway House for Christmas. I am so excited to just disconnect for a few days and relax and enjoy time with my little family! (Pups are very welcomed at Getaway House!)
If our traditions can evolve, maybe yours can too. It doesn’t have to be a big change. Start small. Like, say, changing those cinnamon rolls to hot cocoa rolls. And maybe not popping the tube, but making them from scratch. It’s easier than you think and your family will love this tiny little change. And I’ll be cheering you on from my cozy little cabin in the woods.