Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christmas Eve Traditions

We are a family of strong traditions and one thing we always include in our Christmas Eve plans is a trip downtown hanging out until the stores close. This is something we started with the Peterson family decades ago when our kids were small. In the last few years we have altered a few of our destinations in order to accommodate Colin's schedule ... good changes!
This year with the changes at the Meier & Frank building we gravitated over to Nordstrom's for Colin's visit with Santa. I couldn't believe how comfortable he was during his long chat with Mr. Claus. No tears or fears for this little guy.

A trip to Starbuck's and our annual family pictures -- with the Pioneer Courthouse Square tree in the background -- is a requirement for our holiday season. We also made time to tour the stores at Pioneer Place with the guys heading over to the Apple Store and the girls checking out the PINK baby selection at The Children's Place. We worked up quite an appetite for dining at Rock Bottom. Our last stop was at Finnegan's Toy Store, which is one tradition that has been a "must" since our kids were small. Such a wonderful place to find something fun and unusual.

This year we hung out at home and watched a Christmas video while waiting for the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight service at church, abandoning the traditional theater movie. The TCC service is always an awesome "homecoming." Seems like no matter where people's paths have taken them over the years ... those who have been a part our church family, students in college etc. ... the reunion is always a joy! The service is amazing with soft candlelight, the pews are packed and the songs and message continue to remind us of the Reason for the Season. The closing chapter on a wonderful family day.

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