Christmas was always an amazing time for us as children. My family has roots in both Italian and French-Canadian culture, and we melded the two together in each holiday celebration. My Mom went to unbelievable lengths decorating our home, baking wonderful treats, and picking out gifts with unbelievable care.
After she passed away in 2006, I was somewhat adrift. I could not imagine Christmas without her. Our traditional family Christmas changed drastically, and that made me sad. After having children, I realized that no matter what, our Christmas traditions were going to change anyway.
This year, we went to the Christmas tree farm with our sons and they helped pick out a tree. This is the third year we have done the trip, and it has become part of our new Christmas tradition. We get up early on Christmas morning with our boys and watch the joy in their faces as they open their gifts. It’s amazing, and a whole new aspect to our holiday traditions. After gift opening, my husband makes a delicious Christmas breakfast, and then the boys play with their new presents for the rest of the day. It’s a glorious, exciting, happy day.
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