An Evergreen Christmas 2011~Trying New Traditions
Evergreens and Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Well, we have lived in Floyd, VA, a quaint, ecclectic small town in the Blue Ridge mountains, for over 12 years. And well, we have never chose and cut our tree. I am embarrassed to say it, for Floyd County, VA is known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the US." I don't tell many people around here that we have always had a fake tree. They would probably either faint or laugh at me.
So this year, we are going to go and choose and cut our tree. I have done some research, and I am really liking the Fraser Fir. It is grown at the higher elevations, and is supposedly the "Cadillac of Christmas Trees." I am actually pretty excited, except for the fact that we are going to have go forego the tradition of putting up our tree on Thanksgiving night. I am not sure it would live till Christmas if I did that.
So, one or two weeks before the 25th, I am going to get my way and we as a family are going to go and choose our Fraser Fir. =) Husband doesn't know this yet.
Another tradition I would like to do differently is the time we go to Mass. I would like to go to midnight Mass this year. I have been to midnight Mass before and really liked it, so this year I am thinking this will be a neat way to alter the celebration.
That brings me to another tradition I would like to modify. After we get back from midnight Mass, at about 1:30am, I would like to open gifts. I think the boys will like this as well, as they are older now (14 and 11), and don't really need to go to bed at 10pm (and not be able to sleep because they are excited about Santa). We clarified the whole Santa thing with the 11 year old last year when he started asking LOTS of questions. It was a very sad Christmas for me, marking the end of the whole preparing-for-Santa ritual. Plus both of my boys are total night owls, like me. =)
I think this year will be merry and pleasant. Worshipping, fellowship, being with family will remain the same...just changing it up a bit will make it a little more exciting. It is never too late to change a tradition and it is just fine to do it!
What traditions do you and your family have for Christmas?
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