i think my favorite Christmas memory is what we would do each Christmas morning as kids. we were obviously super excited, so we would all wake up really early, like 6 or 7 am. i mentioned that we had this great basket of Christmas books and on Christmas eve we would take some of them upstairs to where all our bedrooms were. then, on Christmas morning while we waited for our parents for put the final touches on our presents, we could gather in my oldest sister jessica's room and she would read us Christmas stories. we would all gather in her bed and she would read to us and we would all giggle and i remember having butterflies in my stomach because we were so excited. (jessica is the one above holding the plaque. i have zero idea what the plaque is for.) i loved those moments with my sisters those Christmas mornings.
then my parents would call out to us that it was time to come down and we would all line up in age order (switching off years! youngest to oldest one year- oldest to youngest the next year! we take this stuff seriously!) then the cue to come downstairs was the dancing santa. the dancing santa shook his booty while playing rockin' around the Christmas tree. then we would bolt downstairs and would first go to our stockings and then rip open our presents.
the two above pictures are pictures that i have no idea what they are. when i realized this prompt was today i texted kendra my lovely co host for this linkup and said "i don't have any pictures of Christmas past! they're all back home!" well luckily jon is already home for Christmas so i called him and asked to go into my mom's very organized boxes of pictures and take pictures of pictures and text them to me. so i got some strange ones because i wasn't there to hand pick the pictures. but THANK YOU BROTHER for sending me these or else i would have nothing.
the guys in the pictures above were guys that practically lived at our house when my two oldest sisters were in high school. quinn and kyle. kyle has the red hair and quinn is blonde. i send my sisters these pictures and asked them what was happening in these pics and they have no idea. oh well. i know they never celebrated Christmas with us, so i think this is just pictures of when my sisters gave them their presents?
i assume this is some kind of Christmas pageant i was in? i have no memory of this.
another one of my favorite Christmas memories (wow is this post getting really long?) is our tradition of going to a chinese restaurant every year with our neighbor friends. i loved it! we would all gather at the same chinese restaurant every year and bring some of our presents (of course) and share what we got and laugh and talk and once we got older it was even more fun because some of us had moved out and we hadn't seen each other in a long time so it was so great to see each other. i love that tradition.
now its your turn! what is your favorite Christmas memory! sorry this post was so long! i can't wait to hear all about your memories! linkup below!