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Friday, December 24, 2010

'Tis the Season

"It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour." ~Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol"

We love Christmas in this house! . Tonight we will be starting a new tradition of fish for Christmas Eve dinner, then going to see the lights. We'll go to Temple Square because it's only 9 blocks away. I think Will is going to love the lights this year! He sure is obsessed with the ones on our tree :) This is most likely our last Christmas in Utah for awhile, and let me just say, I'm pretty miffed there is NO snow. What's up with that? I tried to teach Will about Santa this year. He didn't really get it. Oh well. Andy and I are trying to integrate our family traditions, while also creating some of our own. Andy's family eats Christmas Eve dinner by candle light, which is something we have been doing. My family opens one gift on Christmas Eve, which is something we do. Some of our own traditions are having fish for dinner and handing out gifts to our neighbors on Christmas Eve. We also like to invite friends over for Christmas Eve dinner, although it didn't work out this year. Working at the Ronald McDonald House is such a rewarding job. But, it totally trumps all at Christmas time. We do a "home for the holidays" where donors donate amazing gifts for the families who have to be here on Christmas. It makes my heart happy seeing the generosity of people. So many of our families here are trying to make the best of a bad situation. Having to think about Christmas on top of it all, makes it that much worse. It is wonderful to be able to hand these families bags of gifts and see the relief and thanks on their faces. One tradition I would like to start when we no longer get to work at RMH is doing a service on Christmas Day. What kind of Christmas traditions do you all have?

(In other news, we got to have breakfast with Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz Thursday morning! It was basically amazing. I have a picture, I promise. I'm just waiting for it to be emailed to me)

Merry Christmas everyone, remember, our Savior is the reason for the season!