3 purple lies

Creating that Christmas feel

For the first time in forever, we won't be returning to our stomping grounds for Christmas.  Instead, we will be hosting both families in different weekends of celebrations this Christmas.  There is a part of me that is really sad with this change but then there is also a side who can't wait to be able to have a little more control over the holiday plans.

We went home this past weekend and everything felt like Christmas there, but then again, that is what we have become accustomed to.
the smell of snowmobile exhaust for some strange reason reminds me of Christmas

Cuddling up in bed to watch movies

Decorating the tree

The old ornaments that still adorn the tree, these ones handcrafted by mom years ago.

Dad's one addition he gets

Memories of babies who have now grown old. And hairy.

The smell of soup simmering on the stove.  Mom always manages to have the meals planned out in advance and ready so that she can spend more time with us.

Tastes of memories past- Grandma Diehl's pizza buns

The glow of the tree.

Lucia was obsessed with the nativity scene and most notably, baby Jesus.  She carried him around everywhere.  Baby Jesus has an owie.  Baby Jesus is fat, mommy?

I love that we have created so many memories in our parents' home.  This year is now for creating memories in our own home and I'm spending the week putting together ideas of what it's going to look like chez nous next week.

I had a great conversation with Christy the other day about their holiday traditions at home.  I'm curious, what do you do that makes your Christmas special?  Are there certain foods? Certain games played?  Any traditions that you'd be willing to share?


  1. We are incorporating two new traditions into our family this year. One is the Christmas pickle that we hide on Christmas Eve and whoever is the first to find it on Christmas morning gets to open the first gift. K and I have been practicing alot.

    Another one that I am sure is here to stay is that my mom gave my brother and I an amaryllis bulb at the beginning of December. We are in competition to see whose plant will grow the most flowers. It has become quite the competition, including Mark running this plant all over the house to the window with the most sunlight, numerous texts back and forth with pictures. It has been quite the fun competition between our house, my brothers and my moms. the plant grows really fast and you get results quite quickly


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