Tuesday, December 29, 2015
We had a fairly quiet Christmas. My kids aren't little anymore, so the excitement is waning. My Dad spent the night, as he has each year since we moved back. In addition to Dad we had one friend with us for Christmas Eve, which is "the big event" for us. We went to a 4:00 church service then came home to a traditional dinner of meatballs and lefse. After dinner we open gifts. We also get a few gifts from Santa on Christmas morning. That's how things were done when I was growing up and we continue that tradition.
Atypically, the kids made small gingerbread houses this year. That was never a tradition for me, but my daughter especially wanted to do it this year, so I bought a pre-made kit and let the kids do whatever they wanted.
I am quite happy that we have passed the shortest day of the year. Currently we have sunlight only from approximately 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the summer we stay light until nearly 10 p.m., which I much prefer.
I bought a fondue pot on an after-Christmas sale. I'm hoping to start a New Years tradition of fondue for dinner. I think I'll need to make creme brulee for dessert, as we've done that 2 of the past 3 years and my daughter wants that to be an annual event.
What traditions do you observe?