In just a few days, we’ll make the quick drive back down to Columbia for the holidays and we are definitely excited. Some traditions have remained the same, some have changed, but one thing that will always be part of our holiday is spending time together (preferably in stretchy pants).
When we were little, we’d go to the 6:00pm service on Christmas Eve, sing a beautiful rendition of Silent Night and light candles, and then pick up some food and drive around to see Christmas lights. Columbia isn’t famous like some towns for light displays, but it wasn’t the lights that made this time special - it was being together (though getting to stay up late and eat was part of the fun too). Christmas morning always came FAST since our older brother refused to sleep past 6:00am even in high school- he’s still an early bird to this day :). We would hear our parents, aunt, and grandparents downstairs moving around while we hovered around upstairs waiting for the call to “come on down, Santa’s been here!”. We’d start down the steps but every year we’d have to stop halfway down for the traditional “PJ picture” while we excitedly tried to see over our parents’ heads to see what Santa brought. We would then spend the rest of the day playing and eating and playing some more before we headed out to our grandparents’ houses for other celebrations.
The holidays have always been a whirlwind of fun and great conversations supported by movie breaks and naps. A fire always seems to be going in the fireplace, candy is everywhere, and responsibilities are minimal. We realize as adults now that our parents intentionally created a safe and special holiday break for us and while we may not have worked much, they certainly were. Now, we join in on the cooking and baking, the gift idea brainstorming, and other parts of Christmas that magically were done when we were little. As grownups, we spend more time talking and playing games than ever before and are building new memories that will continue as our family continues to grow. As everyone says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and we definitely agree! We hope you and your family and friends have a beautiful holiday together and we look forward to seeing you as the New Year comes around!