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Committed: The Ties that Bond

with Angella Dykstra

I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.

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Our gift exchanging tradition

Categories: holidays, love, marriage

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Back when my husband and I only had one child (Wow. We only had ONE?), we started a Christmas Eve tradition. During the day, we hang out and decorate sugar cookies (his tradition from when he grew up) and then go to an evening service at our church. We come home, let the kid(s) open one present (pajamas)(my tradition from when I grew up) and then tuck them into bed.

My husband and I then put on some quiet music, pour a glass of wine and situate ourselves on the couch. We pull out the gifts we’ve purchased for each other, exchange them, and have some quiet time before the chaos of Christmas morning. I love it.

How about you? Do you have any gift giving (or other) holiday traditions?



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  • His family opened gifts on Christmas Eve, because his mom usually worked Christmas Day. My family got up super early Christmas morning to open all the gifts. We compromised and open one gift Christmas Eve and the rest the next day. We’ve also incorporated his family traditions of snacking on meat, cheese, and nuts all day. It’s jsut the two of us, and we have very little family in the state, so we usually have a pretty relaxing day.

    Teri  |  December 24th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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