December 8, 2014

What Christmas Means (Now That I've Moved Away)

Christmas always used to be such a routine for us when I was growing up. We would go to church for children's mass on Christmas Eve, and probably perform in the little show they had there. Even though we were one of those families that really only went to church on Christmas and Easter, they let us be involved anyway. Once Caroline even starred as baby Jesus, so that was cool.

Then we would all go over to my great aunt's house for a huge Italian Christmas Eve celebration with my mom's family. We would see all the cousins, there would be a pinata, and we would eat fish and pasta until we fell asleep. There are so many pictures of people playing cards, arguing and eating from these parties. It is a fun time, let me tell ya.

Christmas Day was much more low key. We opened presents, then my dad's parents would come over for lunch. We always showed them our gifts, and what santa brought us. Once Dave and I started dating, we would usually head over to his house at this point to see his family.

Now that Dave and I live in Virginia, we don't always get to go home for Christmas. This means that we are starting our own traditions as a family! Christmas has started changing from rushing around from family to family to becoming more about alone time to connect, just the two of us.

Since it is just the two of us, we like to spend time doing things we normally wouldn't. In the past couple of years we have tried cooking family recipes (including Christmas Pudding!), gone to double features at the movie theater, and eaten breakfast in bed. The time that we can take to slow down, cherish each other and enjoy each other's company has come to mean just as much as the hustle and bustle of seeing all of our relatives for the holidays.



  1. I love this! One of my bigger worries about moving forward in a relationship is losing some of the traditions from my childhood that I hold so dear to my heart but I also love reading about people starting new traditions with their partners as well!

  2. New traditions are sometimes hard to try but totally worth it! I hope you have a great holiday season!


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