Thursday, December 14, 2017

Favorite Meaningful Holiday Memories

Today is the last day of the link up with Sarah and Victoria. I have enjoyed this link up so much. It has been so much fun to share a bit of how I do Christmas, and to interact with other bloggers. I've come across and followed several new blogs through this two week process! Today, the topic is
Favorite Meaningful Holiday Memories
I have the BEST childhood Christmas memories. My mom's side of the family is pretty big, and when I was little, it seemed like there were a million of us. We would gather (almost) every year at my grandparents house, in a little town in the Texas Panhandle. There would be tons of presents, food, and family everywhere. Christmas Eve always began at church, and ended with all the family gathered around singing Christmas carols. Christmas Day started with stockings (and always spotting Santa's footprints by the fireplace) and was followed by the best breakfast. Then all of the family would sit around the tree together and open gifts. And there was always a big Christmas dinner later that afternoon. I hold that time so close to my heart. Those memories with my family are so special to me, and some of those traditions are so important to me.
Today I want to talk about the traditions I'm keeping alive and new ones I'm starting, to make many more lasting holiday memories.
One of my favorite traditions is Christmas Eve church. This is especially important to me because, after all, Jesus is the reason for the season. It's a special and important time to reflect on our blessings, and why we have them. He was born for us. This will be especially important when we have young children someday. I want them to experience the fun of Santa, but I want them to know why we really celebrate this season. 
A newer Christmas tradition is a Christmas Eve breakfast. Chris took me to breakfast three years ago on the morning of Christmas Eve, to our favorite little spot in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas.. and later that day he asked me to be his wife. We've gone back every year. It's such a great little memory and something special just for us. 
Another I will do for my future children is Santa's footprints. My Papa always did this for me, and it was so magical. I want them to feel that magic, but even more, I want to keep his memory alive during this season by carrying on his tradition. 
Once we are in our own house, I want to host a few holiday parties each year. Maybe a sweater party or a cookie party, or a gift exchange. I want to have one every year, and really make great memories in our home with our friends. 
The most meaningful, and to me the most important memories, are made with my loved ones on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I will always be with my family at Christmas. Over the years, the house we celebrate at has changed a time or two (I hope to host in a couple years!) but there is always family.

What is your favorite holiday memory!?

Merry Christmas, and thank you for stopping by! 
Also, thank you to Sarah and Victoria for hosting this fun link up! 

XO -Megs

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