Merry Christmas to you and yours...

When I was growing up I was always so excited about Christmas Day, and the many traditions that came along with it. As the years have come and gone some of those traditions have changed due to where we lived or how old we were.

For example, the first ornament on the tree at Momma and Daddy's is the only one Momma puts on and it is a reminder of their first Christmas together as husband and wife. Another ornament is a gold egg with red glitter. Daddy made it when he was a little boy, and somehow it has survived all these thousands of years.

Making cookies with Momma was something we used to do as well. We would spend all day in the kitchen with her mixing up the different batches. And we always made a really big sugar cookie for Santa, because it was his favorite.

As the years have gone on, I've ended up helping Grandma (Daddy's mother) with a lot of stuff. Like wrapping presents, or staying up until 3am making cookies with her. I've had many a very funny conversation with her during these times, and most of the conversations include topics that I will never repeat to anyone else.

Every year at Granny's (Momma's mother) we always have a paper ball fight. After all the presents are unwrapped we pile all the paper in the center and then throw it at each other. I think it's even more fun now as an adult than it was when I was a child.

Before we unwrap presents at Momma and Daddy's on Christmas morning, Daddy reads the Bible to us. We listen to the true meaning of Christmas and we pray before we open the presents from one another.

This year, my Christmas tradition has changed. Of course, I'll still make it to Grandma and Granddaddy's house for Christmas Eve. But this Christmas morning I will wake up for the first time in 25 years without being in the home of my parents. I'll be in my own home.

Momma made a reference to this on Facebook the other day, and it's a very bittersweet moment. But all in all, as each Christmas comes and goes something changes. We add something when another something goes away, and each and every year we make more memories.

This Christmas even though I won't be waking up at Momma and Daddy's house, I'll be able to wake up and go to my future mother-in-law's house. I have more family to share my Christmas with, and I'm very thankful to be able to do so.

So as the season comes be sure to remember to drive safely to and from where you're going, but remember more than anything the reason for the season!

Leave the cookies for Santa, and be thankful for the opportunity to be with your family, even if they are the crazy kind of family.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!