- This year, our Christmas dinner is not going to be the traditional ham or turkey or roast. Instead we are having a main dish common to my family-of-origin’s Chaldean culture called Dolma (stuffed grapeleaves). We’ll have an appetizer popular in my husband’s family, pickle rollups.
- We will open one present Christmas Eve, and the rest Christmas Day.
- We will attend Mass on Saturday afternoon to avoid the Christmas Day Mass finding-a-spot-in-a-pew craziness (and going to vigil Mass won’t work with a 7-month old too well, as much as I would LOVE to go).
- We will call family to wish them a very Merry Christmas.
- We will have a greater emphasis on prayer.
- We will try to lay the foundations for making Christmas a religious and less secular celebration in our family by emphasizing Christ’s birth and not emphasizing Santa (but this is more for the future when our little one is old enough to understand these things).
- We will [really try to] not be online so as to be optimally plugged into our family life rather than the interwebs.
- We will cuddle our baby girl and enjoy her very first Christmas, even if all she understands right now is that there is shiny stuff that she would like to put in her mouth/knock over/ pull down/ otherwise destroy/play with.
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Karen is a Catholic stay at home mom to three kids and wife to handsome hubby, J. Since getting married in 2010, Karen and J have lived in four different towns spread across three states and have had two daughters and a son. When not chasing a baby, toddler, and preschooler, Karen enjoys reading, learning new facts and hobbies (sewing and crocheting are the latest hobby crafts), and diving into homeschooling the oldest kiddo, while trying to keep Jesus and Mary at the center of daily life.