Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Traditions-One Last Time With Ben

It is our family tradition each year to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Ben is leaving on November 6th, so we had an early Thanksgiving with the Taylor's on Sunday. In keeping with tradition and because Monday was the day after our Thanksgiving, we put up the Christmas tree one last time with Ben.

About 10 years ago, Ben and I added to this tradition--we started watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding while setting up and decorating the tree. The first time we did this, we had just gotten the movie and wanted to watch it, but somehow this tradition carried on year after year. This movie has nothing to do with Christmas but it is just a good, funny movie where our entire family can practice our Greek accent, we get to yell "Opa" and laugh about how many ways you can use Windex.

Here is the result of our efforts:

I am so glad that we were able to do this with Ben before he left. Although we did not exchange any gifts--those will be sent to the mission office since he will be arriving from the Argentina MTC to Uruguay a few days before Christmas--it was a fun and relaxing evening with the entire family.

Ben has great confidence in my blogging abilities, so hopefully I will be able to make it work right for the duration of his mission. I hope you enjoy the next 24 months!
Shawna Taylor

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