Tidings of Comfort

Every family has holiday traditions that are unique to them. They may be silly, but they make Christmas.

A few of my favorites are:

-putting together a Christmas/Winter/Snow Weather mix CD and sharing it with friends. My Snow and Stars 2010 mix: 

-The enormous Langstraat family christmas party (so big it's held in a church rec room) with incredible food and a fun, competitive gift swap and carol sing.
Grandma Langstraat and me last year

-Christmas Eve (A Christmas Eve service somewhere--a little more complicated now that multiple church services are involved) and Stocking-opening party. We always have a northwestern-style Christmas eve dinner with clam chowder and cheese biscuits for dinner, with lots of bacon. 

-Getting the tree. We've already got ours this year, thanks to my brother and his fiancee being completely on top of the whole Christmas-planning-thing. It is beautiful. and it is leaning a little bit at the moment. *goes to correct leaning tree*. 

-Advent studies. Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent by Enuma Okoro is the devotional study I'm doing this year. Check out the book, it's not too late to get caught up with Advent reading! 

-Christmas-decorating competition at the office. This year, we did not win. However, I still love our department's use of our new office space as an NYC city street. It was fun and competitive and...well, the Marketing team had Bagpipes, live chickens, an Egg-nog milking competition, and an adorable  3-year-old dressed as a partridge in a pear tree. So they totally deserved a win. Next year, Marketing. Next year.