One of the best things about doing the holiday together, though, is that we've gotten a chance to talk about each of our families traditions and work on blending them to make our own, special Christmas. We started with the tree on Thanksgiving weekend. I can't tell you how much I love our tree. Aside from the ornaments that Mark and I exchanged, there are handmade ornaments from my family members and ornaments that Mark has been putting on his tree since he was little. While we were out Christmas shopping, we picked up the star. You can't tell from the picture, but Mickey and Minnie are sitting on top, and the star twinkles.
One of the big (or, in my opinion big) differences between the way our families do Christmas is that his family isn't big on wrapping things - where in my house, everything gets wrapped. In this case, I got to win on whose tradition we'll be carrying on.
He won on stockings, though. My family never puts theirs out until Christmas Eve. Ours have been out since Thanksgiving. Mark's been sneaking little gifts into my stocking early - candy, chapstick, lottery tickets. It's something his Mom always did, and something I think will be fun to carry on!
We also took on the Huber family tradition of making lots and lots of cookies to exchange at the family Christmas party. Everyone had cookies for us, so I was glad to be able to have some to give out too.
Another decorative touch is the Christmas card door. The cards started out on top of the entertainment center, but there were so many you couldn't see them all - so they got moved to the door. My Mom does it the same way.
There are a lot of other little things that are getting mixed together too. We're shaking up how we usually spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and we'll be going to Christmas mass together for the first time. The blending, so far, feels comfortable - I hope it stays that easy in the years to come!