Hi everyone! I really do hope you all had a wonderful and refreshing Christmas break. My family and I kept to our normal traditions, created a new one, and truth be told, I wouldn’t mind an entire do-over. I love everything about Christmas. Our celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the decorations, the music, the movies, literally EVERYTHING! I still turn my tree on every night and every decoration is still hanging. I dread taking it down, but not because of the actual task, but because of the joy and nostalgic feelings that I get from seeing them. My childhood Christmas memories were amazing, so every year I desperately try to create those memories with my little family.
Every year we spend our Christmas eve with my side of the family. My mom orders BBQ from the best places in town and we eat, watch movies, cut up and laugh. This year we did the same. The devil was so busy with his little harassing monkey spirits, my husband and I started off at odds, but please believe that satan’s will to destroy the day and total reason for us celebrating did NOT continue to prevail.
We finished the evening with the children opening gifts from their grandparents and I got a chance to be a kid again and open one too. My parents always bless my husband and I every year with something. Both big or small, we simply appreciate the thought. I look forward to small tokens of things that I don’t normally do for myself. My all time favorite is always a gift card. That may mean nothing to you, but I’m a simple woman. It doesn’t take the world to please me.
On Christmas day we always stay home. This year was different because we have a new member of our little family. Mariyah is now six months and she has no clue of what Christmas is all about. The entire week leading up to Christmas she was dressed in holiday attire. Eeek! Her brother and I have belted out Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Noise Reindeer over the past weeks just for her. She sings along with us and that of course just makes us sing even louder with pure joy!
On Christmas day we traditionally chill at our house, watch movies, play with toys, and take pictures. I cook our traditional dinner which consists of fried chicken, collard greens, fried okra, and pecan pie. This year we switched it up just a small bit. My husband’s family joined us for dinner. Our normal fried chicken was paired with the usual collard greens, fried okra, and pecan pie, but I also added macaroni & cheese, creamed corn, candied yams, and a glazed ham. I always get so nervous cooking for anyone besides my husband, so please believe that I was praying all the way through the process. Jesus worked it out because EVERYONE enjoyed it or at least that’s what they said. To go plates exited my home, so that’s normally a good sign. Right? With that being done, I give total props to my mom, step-mom, and aunt’s for all the years of cooking an entire feast and maintaining their homes and children on Christmas day. Cooking like that and for that many people is a job and someone owes me some money.
Our night ended with me cleaning up the kitchen, the bathroom, the playroom, and my husband continually saying, “bae sit down somewhere”. We later ate pie, watched movies, called family, and took pictures by the Christmas tree.
I hope that you and your family made great memories this Christmas and you celebrated the true meaning of it all, which is the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My prayers and thoughts seriously went out to all of you that dealt and are dealing with a loss of a loved one, an illness, or family dilemma. I honestly prayed for YOU! Try to remember that God has not forgotten about you and that he will NEVER leave you or forsake you. Merry Christmas and God bless you all!