Welcome to the 5th Day of Christmas Giveaways!!!
Today my friend Mandy Young is joining us to talk about her family traditions. She will be giving away the scarf in the image below (she’s also wearing it in her bio picture!)
To join in on the fun and be entered to win the various prizes, simply leave a comment on the post answering the question of the day. ALSO—one grand prize will be given to one person who comments on all 12 days.
The Grand Prize is a $50 gift certificate to Proverbs 31 Ministries store and a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!!!
Now, here is Mandy to offer you today’s post…
Young Christmas Traditions
Hi, I’m Mandy. “What happened to your leg?” is a question I get asked almost every day. But it’s such a loaded question. I was only 8 years old when I lost my leg, but my story doesn’t begin or end there. I was only 9 months old the first time I developed Spinal Meningitis. I have been a research patient at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for 23 years. Scientists there have decided that I’m the only person in the world to have my exact Genetic Mutation. You can connect with me on Twitter here. I am a good friend of Karen’s and am privileged to share some of my family’s traditions here today.
Merry Christmas everybody! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday! The first reason of course is the true reason for the season; Christ’s birth. But I also love Christmas music, the pretty lights everywhere, the movies, finding the perfect gift for those I love, watching everyone come up with creative adventures for their little elf friends, the parties, the ugly sweaters, holiday food….oh my word the list goes on and on! But really I think why I love it so much is the traditions. I’m a traditional kind of girl and this Holiday has tradition all over it.
I’m sure you’re wondering, “What traditions do the Young’s have?”. Great question! I’m here to answer that question you’ve been wondering about for the last 5 seconds – haha!
My first tradition starts the day after Thanksgiving…that’s right Black Friday shopping! Now I’m not much of a shopper normally but there is just something fun about shopping in the middle of the night and standing in line to get a good deal! My sister (Alex) and I venture out around midnight Thanksgiving night. We make our lists beforehand of who we are buying for and then read through the sale papers and head out! Honestly this year I don’t think we got any wonderful deals but it was tradition and it’s one we love! We especially enjoy the sister time!
Another tradition I love is putting up my pink tree! Yes, you read that right! I have a pink Christmas tree and I love her! She makes me so happy! As soon as it’s appropriate to put her up I do! She has white lights and silver, glitter ornaments! Her pinkness usually goes up the week after Thanksgiving and then I take her down right after New Years. If it wasn’t frowned upon I would keep her up year round!
My dad started a tradition when we were little (I’m pretty sure it was all mom’s idea) where he goes out shopping by himself to buy my sister and I each a gift that is just from him. With no help from mom or mom buying it and putting both of their names on it; nope, this one is just from him. And now that my sister has children he buys each one of them a gift too! Being a daddy’s girl it’s always one of my favorite gifts to open!
About 5 years ago my parents and I started a new tradition for our family. Christmas Eve we head out to a favorite restaurant for dinner. We feel bad for those who have to work on Christmas Eve, so to thank at least one person, we leave a very large tip for our server. We want him or her to know that we appreciate them being there and we thank them with a gift. It’s all about getting to bless someone! And it’s extra special if we are able to peek around the corner and watch them find their blessing inside the receipt book! It feels good to give!
After dinner, I head over to my sister Alex and her family’s house to spend the night. We read the girls the Twas the Night before Christmas and then we watch A Muppets Christmas Carol (my sister and I have watched it on Christmas Eve since we were little ourselves; which is a tradition we are now sharing with Alex’s little girls, my nieces). Once the girls are fast asleep we turn on the movie Elf and finish wrapping last minute gifts. Christmas morning my parents, grandparents and aunt come to my sister’s to join us to have breakfast and to open presents. Instead of the traditional Christmas dinner we serve a big breakfast!
Do you see why I love Christmas so much?!?!? We really don’t have enough time between Thanksgiving and New Years to enjoy all the wonderfulness that is the Christmas season. We have become so rushed that without traditions in place we can become a Grinch very easily. But don’t get so wrapped up in the traditions that you forget the true meaning of Christmas or don’t enjoy your time with family! Sometimes you change traditions and there is nothing wrong with that! Some will stay the same and some will change, just remember to enjoy them either way! If you don’t have traditions already in place feel free to borrow one of mine or get creative and come up with some on your own!
Answer one of these questions below to be entered to win the scarf and grand prize.
What are your family traditions? Do you have movie night while making popcorn garland to put on the tree? Going to see Santa and giving him your wish list? Maybe going around your neighborhood singing Christmas carols? What are the traditions that keep you in the Christmas spirit? We can’t wait to hear them!
All winners will be announced Tuesday December 22nd.