This Christmas was the year I decided we needed to start some sort of family tradition. We kept it simple. Here's a glimpse into our night.
Swedish pancakes with lingonberries and Swedish meatballs for dinner. Kyle (and therefore Callie***) is Swedish so I thought that was appropriate. Family recipe at the end of this post.
Callie enjoyed a Swedish pancake, and meatballs! In her Christmas pajamas, I might add.
So did Kyle. He especially liked the meatballs. And the Swedish sparkling pear juice. Thank goodness Ikea is only 10 minutes away for one-stop shopping!
Next, we read the Christmas story together.
And then...presents! You all know what I got for Christmas (actually, it was our gift to each other). Callie got lots of fun stuff from "Santa." A cream corduroy dress, a light blue shirt, a new bib (pictured, the wipeable kind which we LOVE), a wooden baking set complete with wooden chocolate chip cookies (which I forgot about that night and found it the next day under the tree), and new Mustela Dermo-Cleanse (it's simply the best baby soap).
And then dessert!
I would like to add more family traditions to our Christmas celebration. However, this year was busy (is December ever NOT busy?) so maybe next year. Maybe I should add a new tradition every year. That's not quite as overwhelming.
A few other things I want to do in the next few Christmases, but didn't quite get to this year are: Have special Christmas dishes. Get a nativity set. A prettier Christmas tree. Watch The Nativity Story together. Oh, and put a small tree or lights in the kids' rooms, that would be fun in a few years.
I'll leave you with this:
Recipe for Swedish Pancakes
3 c milk
1/2 t salt
2 T oil
3 T sugar
1 1/2 c flour
Blend in blender. Fry one at a time in butter. Serve with lingonberries and powdered sugar. May be frozen and reheated.
***Did you know there is another Callie ______ (insert our last name) we are related to? A relative of Kyle's in Sweden...he actually went to Sweden and met her while we were in college. Just a random fact that I thought was fun! We didn't purposely name her Callie after the Swedish Callie, but thought it was more confirmation that we had chosen the right name when we realized it.