This year was very different for me for many reasons. I have spent every single Christmas of my life at home with my family in Atlanta. We always do Christmas Eve in Birmingham, then drive home in the middle of the night and spend Christmas Day in our pajamas watching Anne of Green Gables (any other fans out there??). Over the last several years, it has changed a little because my two older sisters have gotten married but me and my little sister carried on the same traditions every year. This year was so different not only because we both got married this year but also because mom & dad are now here in Birmingham so we never traveled to Atlanta. It was very bittersweet when mom & dad sold our home of 17 years and I've been thinking a lot about that house this Christmas season. It holds most of my memories growing up and has always been my safe haven and we can no longer go there. But I am slowly learning it's not about the house, it's about the people. The love. The family. Yes, that house will always hold so many special memories, but I know we will make so many new memories in their new house here in Birmingham. It will be the house my kids will make nana and papa memories in, and just thinking about that gets me excited.
All of this to say, my Christmas looked very different this year. I didn't wake up in my parents house in Atlanta, take a sister stair picture, and watch Anne of Green Gables all day with my sisters in our pjs, but Ty and I did share our first Christmas Day ever together (crazy, huh? We've been together 7 Christmases but never spent Christmas Day together!), we did make new memories and new traditions together, and we did spend time with both of our families on Christmas Day and that's all that matters! Was it hard to give up the thought of all those memories and traditions? Yes. But I did it, and I lived! And those special Christmas memories will always be tucked away in my heart and always be special to me.
Here are a few pictures from our family Christmases this week. Somehow I didn't manage to get one picture of Ty and I on our first Christmas Day together...oops!
Hayride around Trussville to look at lights...one of my very favorite traditions!
Snuggled up with cousins watching Elf!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and celebrated the real reason for Christmas - The birth of Jesus!