Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Traditions: Alli

For the final Christmas Traditions guest post, I have a fantastic lady who I can't imagine life without.  Allow me to introduce you to Alli, also known as Sister #3.

Hello, Blog World!  Lissa asked me to guest blog about my Christmas traditions.  
I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little about myself, and then I’ll get into the Christmas tradition stuff.  First of all, I am a Christian….our family is privileged to serve God through the ministry of the Grace Baptist Church.  
I am a wife to my best friend, Shannon; he is my rock, my teacher, and my Godly example. 

I am a mother to Jackson who is a talkative, funny 3 year old full of energy and his sister, Mackinley, who is a nutty 1 year old food-aholic with a silly personality.  

A dictionary definition of the word “tradition” is “a specific practice of long standing.”  
Our family does not have many planned traditions, but we do have things that we know WILL HAPPEN EVERY YEAR whether they are planned or not!  
Below are a few for your reading (and laughing) pleasure….enjoy!

·         Someone (usually from my husband’s family) gives us a Christmas Popcorn Tin every year. 
·         I watch the movie Elf at least once between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I laugh every time as if I had never seen it before!  “I’m singing...!  I’m in a store and I’m singing….!!”  Haha! 
·         Shannon will get a box of toiletries from the White Elephant gift game every year.
·         We will watch a few Friends Christmas episodes.
·         Before Christmas Day is over, the phrase “Christmas Is Ruined!” will be hollard several times.
·         Every year Shannon tells me that he is going to make me watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” because he can’t believe I’ve never seen it before.
·         Every year I somehow get out of having to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  (I’ve been lucky for 10 Christmases so far….after he reads this blog, this probably won’t be on my list of “traditions” anymore!  LOL!)
·         Every year Shannon wears/uses at least one of his Christmas gifts BEFORE Christmas.
·         Every year we get together with both sides of our family.  There is always food and kids and presents and lots of laughter!
·         One of our newest “traditions” is taking the kids to look at Christmas lights.  It’s always a great time!

Now that our kiddos are getting older and learning more about Christmas, we will add more “traditions” to the list. 

Merry CHRISTmas to everyone!  
Let’s take time to hug our kids, spend time with our family, and thank God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to us on Christmas Day!

Thanks so much, sista for taking the time to share!
D and I really cherish our friendship with Alli and Shannon.  They are wonderful family, friends and godly examples!  Love them to pieces!  Here is my fav pic from our church's "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party this year:

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