traditions--we has em. we have lots of traditions in our family and i've realized lately that the boy loves this. he loves traditions. he doesn't like to change traditions. for example, we (being my folks, grandma and brother/sister and their families) have christmas eve at our house every year. well, for the last six years anyway since we've been in this house. i've casually mentioned changing venues to the kids and they are opposed to it.
what else? in the last few years we've put up two trees; one bigger one w/ multi-color lights in the den and a smaller, white-light tree in the living room. this is the tree santa visits (the boy still be lives in santa).
we hide a pickle ornament (a german tradition. whichever kid finds it gets a little something extra).
we have advent calendars (and i get one for my nieces and nephews). we decorate sugar cookies.
our favorite things are watching the little drummer boy; all the bass & rankin classics; the sound of music; snowmen decorations all over the place; gingerbread men (the boy went through a phase where he was obsessed w/ them; last year it was nutcrackers) and christmas music.
i have to say that yesterday the girl really touched my heart. although she was upset about rebel, she was always by my side trying to comfort me. afterwards she came and sat by me on my bed and put my head on her shoulder and patted me and hugged me. it was the sweetest thing.
tonight, both kids have entered blogworld. they have invitation-only sites. i'll be curious to see how this works out. they know the rules, no personal stuff, no details, etc., plus people have to be invited to read them and they aren't searchable by blogger or google.