Now, our four kids range in age from twenty-seven to thirty-four. Two are single, two are engaged. None of them have children. Three live in different states, all far away. And we’ll see only two of them this year.
All of this to say, Christmas is an ever-evolving holiday in our family. I bake a lot less with no one here to eat a season’s worth of cookies. We have artificial trees instead of a real one, and Christmas Eve is much quieter now.
So, how do we celebrate the holiday with only adults and in much smaller groups?
I make the advent calendar using a wood soda crate and I store the ribbon, bow, and all the rest to reuse the following year. Super easy and lots of fun!
Another new tradition is picking one night to sleep by the fire next to the Christmas tree. We inflate the air mattress and make up the bed with a big, comfy comforter and pillows, and watch movies before we go to sleep. You can certainly do this with kids too.
Lastly, we have a fancier menu. If it’s just the two of us for Christmas dinner, we’ll splurge on steak and scallops and a nice bottle of wine.
If you’re curious about the advent calendar, follow me at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSuzanneWinslow/ to see this year’s ideas.
When I’m not celebrating Christmas, I’ll be editing Backfire, book three in my Smoke and Fire firefighter romance series, releasing in 2024. Burned and Bail Out, books one and two, are available in Amazon and Kindle Unlimited now.
Merry Christmas, happy holidays!