One pro to working at a University is getting a week off between Christmas day and New Years, thank you academic calendar. David and I spent our first married Christmas here in LA and decided we should establish a few of our own Christmas traditions :::
1. First being, Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church.
2. Present on Christmas Eve. We could each open 1 present, but no stockings. David said Santa brings the stocking gifts, even though neither of us ever believed in Santa. Too logical for our own good.
3. Sleeping by the tree. On Christmas Eve we slept in the living room with the tree lights on and watched a holiday-ish movie, which ended up being "The Holiday" which we both fell asleep through.
and lastly, but definitely NOT least...
4. Hawaiian breakfast Christmas morning :) Eggs, rice, portuguese sausage, spam, taro pancakes and guava juice - - heaven!
We also started one New Year's tradition - - - making mochi! It's a japanese tradition to ring in the New Year and I am all for anything Japanese, and well, doughy and delicious.
Having time off gave us more time to walk the dog together around our neighborhood and decide which streets we liked best, which houses we wished we could live in, which neighbor really needed to clean up their yard... those kinds of things. We were also able to go to the dog park and socialize our crazy pup. If there's one thing that vacation teaches you is that time = money. Having time to rest and spend with family and friends is pretty priceless.
All in all, weeks off should be more frequent. I took naps, everyday. I slept for four hours after breakfast on Christmas morning and kind of kept the tradition going throughout the week. My body was so grateful, my mind was rested, and I'm thankful for the time I was able to spend with my little family.