#124 – It Was the Night Before Christmas

Every year for Christmas, we celebrate with my mother in law & sister in law here in the Caribbean. It’s been some 10 years already, so by now we have our own traditions pretty much in place.

On the night before Christmas, we begin the preparations for the BIG dinner. The in-laws start making as much of the food as they can ahead of time and after dinner we bring down the Christmas tree. Obviously, our tree is made of plastic and we’ve had it for quite some time now. We put it in the middle of the living room and start trimming it with everything we’ve got.

When I was little, I used to trim the tree all by myself and we used to put real candles on it, but here we just have LED lights. It does look nice and every year we’re positively convinced that the tree has never looked prettier – ever.

Last, but not least, we put all of the small presents underneath the tree and leave all the big ones underneath the stairs. This year, I swear, we have double the presents that we had last year. We definitely have more than 100 presents – for 4 people! I know, I know. It’s borderline i-n-s-a-n-e, but we all love giving and getting presents, so we’re not going to have a zero waste or minimalist Christmas anytime soon.

And that’s just how we do it.

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