The Hanson Fam

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Traditions and Memories

The true meaning of Christmas

Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation-Clark Griswold and cousin Eddy are both crazy!!!

Mom's and Grandma's homemade chocolates

Chocolate Advent Calendar
Santa really freaked me out when I was a kid, but I love his rosey cheekies now!

Tis yet another holiday season. Every year I can't help but think about the many memories and traditions that I fancy this time of year. Some to name a few are: watching Nation Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, eating my mom's and grandma's homemade chocolates, pecan rolls, and carmel popcorn, and focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is soooooooo FABULOUS!!! I love that everyone gives a little more, is a bit more cheerful, and that Christmas music is playing everywhere you go. I love doing Sub for Santa and thinking of the children and family that will be receiving the gifts we give. I love advent calendars. When I was little my grandma Lor got me a chocolate one and every morning I started my day by opening a little door to find a piece of fake, waxy chocolate. I loved the taste and also was excited that I was one day closer to the big holiday. Also, when I was little I was terrified of Santa!! I completely believed that "he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake......" thus, I'd get dressed under blankets so that he couldn't see my private parts. Not to mention, I couldn't sleep on Christmas Eve because I thought Santa was going to kidnap me. Why did I think that Santa was some psycho molester man?!?! Idunno, regardless I got over it, love the big jolly man, and am a true believer!! Any ways, what are some of your traditions and memories? There are so many, so share a couple like I did.....................


Erin & Erik Beebe said...

I would have to say watching National Lampons Christmas movie is always a tradition. Also getting a real tree every year even if it is a little one, there is nothing like fresh pine smell. A recent tradition I started was with my mother in law and we bake ALL sorrts of goodies the Sat before Christmas and I have lots of fun doing that since I can't bake for the LIFE of me!!!

Melissa Mae Johnson said...

I agree with all of your traditions, because those are mine as well. I especially hold a place in my heart for advent calenders! Something magical about those little cheap cardboard things. I love the smell of Christmas, the snow (which is the ONLY time I like that kind of weather) caroling, etc. etc. It's just a wonderful time of year. it sure doesn't feel like it here in Arizona, so I'm excited to be home for the holidays in good old utah.

Peterson's said...

Im surprised you did call the cops on santa! HAHA! Christmas Vacation is a traditon with us too!

Andrea & Matthew said...

haha you are hilarious!! I too, love christmas!! Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!

Kat Curtis said...

Jeremy and I keep talking about the "sees you when you're sleeping" Santa thing. That is seriously funny, but only because the whole Santa thing really can be a bit creepy if you think about it - apparently you did! :)

We just ate a LOT of food growing up. Homemade caramels, butter cookies, store-bought chocolate things galore..."none of this healthy stuff" (that's what my dad would say).

We finally did an advent calendar this year. Oh! We used to do those Life Saver books too growing up. Jeremy did too. Fun times. :)