As we get older, our families grow and some move away.  The distance and the craziness of life makes holidays more...interesting.  The fight to keep traditions the same wages on as everyone grasps for the familiar, the loved memories, and the warm and fuzzies.  It's hard, change.  Depending on what you make it, change can be absolutely beautiful!  I'll take that stance.

Change is beautiful!

We've become creative in our family.  Our celebrating of the holidays has been extended and rearranged to fit schedules.

Extended?  YEA!  We string this celebrating thing out as long as we can get away with it!  We extend the walls of our homes to bursting as our families grow.  So far, so good.

"Enlarge the place of your tent,

stretch your tent curtains

wide, do not hold back;

lengthen your cords,

strengthen your stakes."

                                                -Isaiah 54:2

As we prayed about starting our family, that verse continued to come to mind.  Keep an eye out, I'm sure I'll be posting on that one later.  



While things are constantly changing and from year to year differ, we attempt to keep a lot of the traditions the same.  The same date may not be convenient and the usual faces may not be able to grace the doorways, but the traditions remain.

I love the pitter patter of baby feet that have joined our family.  I can't wait for our sweetslittle tootsies to prance across the floors.  I enjoy the addition of new voices and names on gift tags. 



Things that are constant:

Christmas light looking at night

cups of warm drinks

aunt's iced cookies


breakfast casserole

singing carols


beer bread

chicken salad


Egg Nog

warm pajamas




gift exchange


What are the things that your family has kept the same as the holidays come around and the family expands (along with our Christmas bellies)?