Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Merry Christmas

We made the decision to leave home for Christmas.
It's definitely not convenient.
My kids were not happy about it at all.
But something amazing happens when we leave the familiar.
We have adventures like this:

Listening to Hunger Games in lieu of television.
Talking as we drive.
Presents that sat around a Christmas lamp.

A Christmas eve dinner reminiscent of the  Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra scene in A Christmas Story.
Delivering treats to the people working at the front desk of the hotel.
Walking through Temple Square to look at the lights.
Make shift cookies for Santa.

Giving gifts to the homeless at Pioneer Park.
Opening presents by the giant fireplace at the hotel.

Playing games with extended family.
And skiing!

As much as my children complained that they never want another Christmas away from home,
 I know that this will be a year they remember more than others.
 It was more about giving,
than getting,
and spending time with people,
instead of technology.

It was worth it.



Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Merry Christmas Crystal! My earrings came a couple days ago and I have worn them to literally every event we've attended since. I absolutely LOVE them. Looking forward to more Crystal B creations in the future. Have a blessed day!

Puttin' Down Roots said...

What a fun Christmas! The most important thing was being together as a family, no matter where you were....and it looks like you guys have been having a great family memory making trip! Merry Christmas friend!

Eunice said...

We had Christmas Eve dinner at a Japanese hibachi place. We couldn't understand a thing the chef was saying. When he wasn't around I sang Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra. Tom was mortified and Jane (mother-in-law) laughed with me. I remember seeing that movie for the first time at Tracy's "Christmas in July" party.

Kimberlee said...

The Christmas lamp! I love it!

Nikki @ Saving For A Rainy Day said...

I think this is a fun idea! We did our Christmas with my inlaws at a hotel 2 years ago and it was a blast!

Colleen said...

I just found your blog and I LOVE it! That sounds great...getting rid of technology for the holidays is a pretty great idea. Merry Christmas!

forever folding laundry said...

I love it!! Such a special time together!
You know that you all will remember
this Christmas FOREVER.
And maybe you need a Christmas lamp
every year?