When it comes to the holidays, our little family love spending time with each other. The very first thing we do together is put up the Christmas tree in the living room the day after Thanksgiving. We open the giant plastic storage box of decorations and relive all the memories, as we hung one ornament at a time.
It’s our tradition to purchase a new ornament to commemorate something special we did that year. We have one for our first Christmas, our wedding, the birth of Kinsley and lots more. Being together for eleven years, we’ve collected quite a few. This year Peter and I went to Burning Man, I ran a marathon and Kinsley learnt how to ride a bike. All those are great moments to treasure. I can’t wait to fill up the whole entire tree with more memories.
During the weeks of December, we fill our weekends with:
- Christmas shopping
- Visits to the Ballard Farmers Market for hot cider and Kinsley’s favorite cinnamon donuts
- Carousel rides at Westlake Park with hot cocoa afterwards
- Ice skating at Bellevue Park
- Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmount Olympic
- Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel
- Pictures and letters to Santa
- Annual visit to the Garden D’lights
We fill our stockings up with games and little gadgets. Sometimes with socks and other times with sweets. The presents pile up under the tree to open on Christmas day. But first we leave cookies and milk for Santa by the fireplace. On Christmas we’re woken up by little Miss Kinsley, in her festive pajamas running into our room jumping for joy. “It’s Christmas morning mommy & daddy!”, she yells.
We first open the stockings so she gets some of the excitement off. Afterwards, we cook a breakfast feast together, usually fluffy pancakes, bacon, sausage and hot cocoa. Oh, we can’t forget the whipped cream! Her favorite topping of all times.
Then it’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Time to open presents! Being the only child and me without having much growing up, I try to give Kinsley as much as I can. I never had toys the way kids do now. She’s one lucky kid. As much as Christmas is about family and spending time together, I can’t help seeing Kinsley’s face light up, when we fulfill her wishes.
After presents we watch Holiday movies, while snuggle up in blankets next to a toasty fireplace. When dinnertime comes around, we head over to Mimi and Poppa’s house for a delicious meal and more gifts. I love being with the entire family and enjoy each other’s company. Sharing childhood stories over dessert and watching the kids play brings me joy. Now if it’ll snow, that would be the icing on top.
That’s our family Christmas story!
Although, this year will be an extraordinary one. We are lucky enough to spend it with my side of the family in New York City. We haven’t been back for the holidays, since we’ve moved nine years ago. It’s also my mom’s 70th birthday, which makes it extra warm and special.
I hope and wish Christmas will stay this magical for our family, especially Kinsley. I’m living through her, a childhood that I never had. Everything is so naive, curious and full of excitement! We always tell her, “Don’t grow up so fast. Enjoy being a kid as long as you can.”
Thank you all for reading our intimate story. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday.
From our family to yours……
E + P + K
All Photos by Jason Tang