January 7, 2017

Family Time

I think the thing I love {and already miss} most about the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is all the time spent with family. Not just my family but my in-laws and my friends {they're family too}. I am Kendall's Girl Scout troop {co} leader now and this week I went around the table and asked the girls what their favorite thing they did over winter break was and I couldn't believe how many of them said, "spending time with my family".  Warmed my heart.

Some people might argue that all the family time is the thing that stresses them out the most during the holidays but I love it, can't get enough of it.  In fact, my dad and cousin have birthdays in the mix and I love that that means we have two more opportunities to get together during this time.

Whether we are sitting around my aunts kitchen island, spoiling our dinner with appetizers, or having a big family movie night at my in-laws home theater we always have a great time, a lot of laughs and leave feeling full.

Every year we try to come up with one new thing to do in addition to all the fun traditions we carry out.  One thing Jimmy and I started doing with our own little family is to introduce a new Christmas movie each year.  I thought we'd run out of movies by year two, it seems like we've seen them all, but there are TONS of Christmas movies, tons.  We love movie nights.  We pop popcorn, get out a bunch of candy {pictured},  Jimmy always builds the kids a fort and it's one of our favorite pastimes.  

Last year we watched It's a Wonderful Life for the first time and, while I was a little bit embarrassed that I was 32-years-old when I first saw this classic I was glad I waited till I was an adult because WOW!  What a message.  That is now on rotation during the holidays for us because I don't think I'll ever get tired of that story.  This year we introduced Kendall {James had no interest} to The Santa Clause, one of  Jimmy and my favorites!  I wasn't sure how she'd take it, since she's still not really into movies that aren't animated yet, but she LOVED it and asked to watch it again the next night.

I'm already thinking of what movie we'll watch for next year, any suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. I have a love hate with family gatherings. I love when I am there with them and enjoying the time but I hate all the rushing and packing. I think I love the magic that is between Thanksgiving and New Years, the lights, the anticipation, the fun....