For some reason without fail before every vacation I get sick, Thanksgiving, I was sick and now Christmas and I am sick. It could be because I assume that I will have tons of time to sleep in, so therefore I can now stay up late and let my health slip. Apparently being around kids most of my days has caused my immune system to go wacky. I don't usually pick up my kids illnesses, but before a break, you better believe I will come down with a cold of sorts. With traveling, visiting friends and family and being sick I just haven't had a lot of time to blog.
Olive Garden. Who doesn't like unlimited soup, salad and bread sticks? We meet, engorge ourselves and unwrap gifts, some slightly more humorous than others. Meg (my bestie) and Gary have a fun relationship. They've known each other for 11 years, since our freshman year of college and I've known Meg since 3rd grade (you can do the math). Gary and Meg are more like brother and sister, which is great, because who doesn't want their best friend and husband to get along so well? This year, however, with traveling up to NJ before Christmas we couldn't stop at Olive Garden, much to my dismay, instead we went to The Cheesecake Factory. Now, one cannot complain about this place, I mean who doesn't love yummy food and of course, Cheesecake?!
|The hustle and bustle of Times Square|
|Someday I will stay here at The Plaza....someday.....|
|This is close to being as good as Italian Pizza|
We've also bought a Christmas ornament in NY every year, usually we buy one from Saks, it's pretty much the only thing we can afford there, but then at least we get the snazzy snowflake bag. We have also started going over to Bergdorf Goodman to buy ornaments, let's just say some day we will have a very expensively decorated Christmas tree. However, until we get a bigger place the ornaments will just have to stay neatly packed away in their beautiful boxes.
I also want to make it tradition now to read the Christmas story together Christmas Eve, if we go to Christmas Eve service than I want to make sure as a family we read it together on Christmas day. It is after all the whole reason for Christmas, not just the red and the green and the giving and receiving. My first year teaching one of my students said "the best gift that we get at Christmas is that Jesus came." Couldn't have said it better myself kid....brought a tear to my eye and joy to my heart.
What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?