They Can’t Take That Away from Me

One of Zoe's favorite presents: Aunt Emily's new luggage.

One of the perils of putting up your tree the minute Advent begins–other than the extra week or two of dodging the ornaments your toddler repeatedly hurls across the room–is that by the time New Year’s Day rolls around, you’re almost tired of “the Christmas room.”

Almost.  I am looking forward to having that space back in the living room, but not so much that I am willing to do the work of undecorating and putting away.  And let’s be honest–the space the Christmas tree takes up will be more than filled by the dollhouse and blocks.  And probably the tunnel and tent, because that thing doesn’t really “pop up” the way its name suggests.

But until Epiphany on January 6th, it is still Christmas.  The tree stays, as do the carols, the nativities, and the plethora of reindeer antlers (which, I admit, are always lurking in the dress up bin).  And what stays around even after all those things have gone?  Cheesy drumroll for . . . the Christmas memories, of course!

Here are a few of my favorites from Christmas 2011:

Worshiping with my people.  Walking down the aisle while we sang “Silent Night”, through the soft glow of everyone’s individual candles, is just hard to beat.

Singing out of the Cumings Family Songbook.  After a delicious Christmas dinner, we pulled out the binders and sang Christmas carols (softly, since Zoe was napping) to our hearts’ content.  Not every family goes in for this sort of thing, and I am so thankful that I married into one that does.

Eating mediocre food in the Humphrey Terminal with Mike and Zoe.  After a crazy two days of presents, food, worship services, packing and preparing, it was an unexpected gift to have this extra time before our flight to Chicago.  Zoe enjoyed her traditional chicken and fries, Mike had a giant plate of nachos, and I rocked a bland but satisfying grilled cheese.  We sat at the table–no tantrums, no whining, no spilling, no distractions–and enjoyed our food, our conversation, and our time together.  Forty minutes of Christmas magic.

Lux Christmas, Full Stop.  It’s hard to pick just one moment of our Chicago visit.  Zoe holding up each present (“This one is mines?”) until she found one of her own to tear into; Claire graciously receiving the gift of cake mix; celebrating in style with the extended Lux clan; smiling for an hour during our family photo shoot.  Was this our best Christmas ever?  Maybe so.

Your turn!  What big or small moments stood out in your holiday celebrations this year?

On the way to our hip West Loop photo shoot.

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7 responses to “They Can’t Take That Away from Me

  1. I have three When Hannah looked straight at Santa and said “Santa is papa!” Then laughed! Poor dad had to defend that Santa truly was at the house and he was in the restroom. He defended it even when Hannah was singing “Santa is papa!” My mom decided this year we would do a Nativity play. Hannah was the littelest angel and at teh end of the play she had to stand by the laundry basket that held the baby Jesus (my 3 month old niece) and say her line she said it perfectly “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!” oh that and she had to dance so she shook her booty. Lastly eating our chili Christmas Eve dinner together before 7 p.m. Church after opening gifts. It was wonderful.

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    • I love all those stories, Kara! I bet Hannah was just delighted to learn that her Papa was Santa Claus! Whenever anyone asks Zoe what Santa brought her for Christmas, she says, “Santa gave me a coloring book”, because the Santa who came to day care did, indeed, give them coloring books. This is such a fun age!

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  2. Jenny Olsztynski

    Love the photos and the memories now made!

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  4. That cake mix story was hilarious.

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  5. A wonderful Christmas, indeed. The best part: My entire family together for a wonderful dinner, camaraderie, laughing and sharing “remember whens” of Christmases past.

    I am so glad to know that Christmas does last until Jan 6 since that is our first opportunity for our house lose it’s Christmas magic inside and out.

    Cheers to 2012!
    Shez

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    • That does sound wonderful!

      Oh, yes, you are good on the decorations. In fact, I have heard that some say you have until Candlemas on February 2nd to take them down. I don’t think I’ll wait quite that long . . .

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