Christmas traditions that MUST happen every December to be a completely happy and fulfilled elf.
1. Put up a live Christmas tree from Idaho
2. Lots of lights
3. Lots of decorations
4. Eggnog and spiced cider
5. Christmas music almost nonstop
6. Freezing cold trip to Temple Square to see the lights
7. Too many sweets including (but certainly not limited to) frosted sugar cookies, 7 layer bars, snickerdoodles, peanut butter bars, cream cheese bars, snowball cookies, and peppermint ice cream.
8. Spend a little time in overcrowded, holiday-crazed stores.
9. Be thankful that you can do most of your shopping during the un-crowded, non-crazed hours during the daytime.
10. Listen to Matt sing in the Messiah
11. Crazily try to get everything done.
12. Give Christmas tree tours to any poor soul who asks about our tree and ornaments
13. Attend several Christmas parties, at least a church one and a work one.
14. Go to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert! Yea! We got tickets for Saturday night. But let me tell you, out of the 15 people I know entered the lottery, only three got tickets and two of these were just for the Sunday morning broadcast that isn't even the concert. Those are bad odds I'm telling you. So an angel from above must want me to be a happy elf this Christmas instead of an angry South Pole elf.
15. Watch Christmas specials, especially Mr. Kruger's Christmas, Charlie Brown and the Grinch (NOT Jim Carey)
16. Read Christmas books at night by the tree
17. Watch the First Presidency Christmas Devotional
18. Act out the nativity on Christmas Eve night.
19. Make lots of lists, gift lists for every person, lists of which people to make lists for, lists of people to send cards to, lists of things to do, things to buy, and deadlines to make, food to cook and most importantly bake.
This is my list. I may have forgotten a thing or two, but I'll add them on as I remember. Over the next month I'm going to try and expound on the things I've listed and share some fairly kooky stories with you. Just wait.
So what are your traditions?