Thursday, December 11, 2008

My Favorite Holiday Memories

In no particular order (with a few links thrown in):
  • Getting up early the Saturday after Thanksgiving to go out for breakfast and then to pick out our tree at Dank's (sp?) Tree Farm. I loved that it was cold and I got to wear my gloves. We would search for the perfect tree then tag it to pick it up in a couple weeks. We'd go back around the second weekend of December to cut it down and enjoy some hot cider or cocoa and a little bit of Christmas Craft Shopping.
  • Christmas PJ's: Every year, on Christmas eve, I was allowed to open one gift before bed. You guessed it... it was always a new pair of pajamas. I plan to carry on this tradition for Johnathan.
  • Visiting Santa (even though I was always nervous and shy)
  • My Advent Calendars
  • Putting up Christmas lights with my dad
  • Skating in the various Christmas shows
  • The La Jolla Figure Skating Club Christmas parties... who else, but figure skaters, have a party before 6am?
  • Waking up Christmas morning and going to get my parents
  • Christmas dresses and patent leather shoes.
  • The Hotel Del with Angie (see previous post)
  • In Cahoots Christmas party
  • LJFSC Secret Santa
  • Watching the holiday decorations appear at the mall
  • Looking for Santa (and listening to the Santa Watch on 760 KFMB-AM radio)
  • John Ruff's Christmas party
  • Christmas Mass with my family
  • Later.... Midnight Mass that my friend Judy agreed to join me for.
  • Day-after-Thanksgiving shopping with Judy (and breakfast, too)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Marching in the La Jolla Christmas Parade
  • Christmas on the Prado
  • Ice Rink at Horton Square
  • See's Candies Santa Boxes
  • Wrapping Presents
  • Christmas Music
  • San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
  • The Chipmunk's Christmas Special
  • Peanuts Christmas Special
  • Laura's Cookie Exchange
  • Christmas dinner (after Christmas) on Honeycutt.
  • Watching the Hollywood Christmas Parade on TV
  • Our family's New Year's Eve pajama party complete with appetizers, hats, and noise makers.
  • Skating on "dead ice" on Christmas eve until the wee hours
  • Christmas eve dinner with friends followed by a trip to In Cahoots
  • Y2K at Bamburgh
  • First Christmas with Mike
  • First "married" Christmas
  • Johnathan's First Christmas
  • Looking forward to the first Christmas Johnathan will actually enjoy (this year)