We had such a nice pre-christmas weekend and it got me thinking about the Holiday Memories page in the baby book I designed and of my own childhood Christmas memories...
There are two that stand out in my mind: The first is that we always went to church on Christmas Eve and we always sang Silent Night - in a darkened room lit only by our own individual candles (that's a big deal when your a kid - all that fire and melting candle wax). The second thing I was thinking about was how my mom always gave us a book and still does (not probably a big surprise that she taught reading for 30 years). I never really thought about that growing up but one year (as an adult) we were opening presents and I looked around and said "where's my book?" My mom said she meant to get me a yoga book but for some reason it didn't work out (she doesn't shop on Amazon). I really missed not having the book and it made me realize how that was an important part of my holiday experience.
Fast forward to after my girls were born and when I first started writing in their baby books. I didn't really know what to write about our Christmas and to be honest it felt strange to not be in Upstate NY with my parents opening presents under their tree. My sisters and I were all at our own homes and starting our own traditions so the first few years, for me, were about starting our own Christmas traditions. Now I have a lot to write about and the girls are actually old enough now that they might actually remember some of it. So don't feel bad if you don't know what to write about, right away. You'll have the book and you can come back to it. Part of the beauty of it is how it comes together - over time.