Wednesday, December 1, 2010
We're Jingle Bell Rockin' all month long!
Here, at Three Wicked Writers Plus Two we love this time of year. The weather is cooler. People are smiling more. It's just a beautiful time and we wanted to find a way to celebrate that. We put our heads together and think we came up with something our readers are going to love!
ALL month long we're going to be Jingle Bell Rockin. Every weekday, each member of Three Wicked Writers Plus Two will share one of our favorite memories of this time of year. And since this is the time of giving, we're going to do just that! One prize will be given away Monday-Friday ALL MONTH LONG. Yep, five prizes a week! You can't beat that. Our lovely Natalie will post all the weeks winners on her blog post every Friday!
So, on to my first memory. I think I'm going to share about the first Christmas we spent in California. It was 2004 and I was twenty-three years old with a baby and my husband. We'd moved to Cali after the baby was born so we could be close to his family. Keep in mind, that ever since I had been ten years old it was only my mom and I. Once in a while a friend might join us for the holiday, but primarily it was just us. Was hubby and I were together, it was usually just us and his mom. There was a year or so we spent with another family, but they weren't near this size. This was my friend year with my husband's big, extended, Italian family!
I will admit to being a little overwhelmed at first. They do not only a turkey and ham, but also homemade Italian food. I had never, EVER seen that much food in one place. lol. And family? Wow, there were a bunch of us. Aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, the whole nine yards. Lots of laughing, hugs, and good, good food.
I loved it. I'd never experienced something like that before. Watching so many kids run around. So many ladies in the kitchen working together. Part of me wanted to just sit back in awe while the other was so excited to jump in and be a part of it! Add the fact that it was my first baby's Christmas and it was a year to remember.
Do you have a favorite holiday memory where you broke tradition and spent the day with new people or in a new way?
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