The most wonderful time of the year. A magical season filled with family celebrations, festive activities, sparkling lights, delicious food, cookie baking, holiday music, and, most importantly, a feeling of hope. Looking back on my childhood Christmas seasons, I don’t remember specific gifts I received or particular ornaments I hung on the tree. What I do remember are the times my family took a break from cooking and danced in the kitchen. The warm fires that always filled our hearth. The magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. The laughter and together time.
I can only hope to create lasting memories like this for my family. Welcome to our holiday season.
Choosing our Christmas tree.. followed by some of the best apple cider donuts!
And home to decorate.
Every season I make some sort of artwork with Jackson to hang in our entryway. This holiday season we made footprint reindeer and a Christmas tree.
Followed by some finger painting… which made for an extremely messy afternoon and a tubby in the sink.
We attended a family wedding (Jackson’s first!) and stayed at this beautiful hotel in western Massachusetts. Jackson danced the night away with us and was such a stud in his little bow tie!
We took a trip to Yankee candle village in Deerfield, MA which always has so many beautiful Christmas decorations.
Jackson got some use out of his backpack carrier for some hikes through the woods.
We met Santa.. Jackson was not of fan of the big man.
And baked lots of cookies.. my little helper sat on the counter as our official taste tester.
Jackson discovered cake pops which quickly became a favorite.
We took our annual trip to Boston for a couple nights where we ate delicious food, admired all the decorations and did some shopping.
Our family Christmas party.
The one gift my mom asks for every Christmas is a picture of her kids with Santa. Still going strong after 30+ years.
And the best Christmas Day (which we celebrated on the 26th because of work).