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Christmas With a Family

It’s fun to have a family at Christmas. Not that I never had a family before or anything. What I mean is it’s nice celebrating now that I’m engaged, living with Shannon, and doing the holiday thing with our little family.

Last Sunday we went out and got our first Christmas tree. When we got it home, we realized that the trunk was too wide for the tree stand we bought. So we went out and exchanged the tree stand. That night we trimmed the tree and listened to Christmas music. On Tuesday, the tree fell over. But don’t worry, Shan re-trimmed it, and Oberon was unharmed. It turns out the tree with the crooked trunk is not the one to get. It was much more fun than it sounds.

Shan and I have been sneaking around hiding gifts from each other for the last couple weeks. That’s not easy to do in a 1-bedroom apartment either. We’re both like secret agents right now. We are also using Shannon’s advent calendar. It’s shaped like a house with little doors for each day, so we filled them with little gifts for each other. I give on even days, she on odd. The doors are about 1 inch square, so it’s been a challenge to find gifts of the appropriate size. So far we’ve seen lotto tickets, little pipe-cleaner worms, chap stick, and a Toy Story stamp pad.

We also took a Christmas photograph to make into a card for our friends and family, which turned out hilariously. Perhaps the photo will make an appearance later. For now, lets just say Oberon is wearing reindeer antlers.

We’ve got a full schedule for the holidays between our families, and we’re looking forward to heading over the hills and through the woods all weekend.

Do any of you have special Christmas traditions?

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Wedding traditions are traditions for a reason: they’ve been around a long time. But where did they originate? Our Wedding Traditions Explained series attempts to find out. We have no real evidence to back up these claims, but they were gathered from various online sources. Take them for what they’re worth, and if you’ve heard differing explanations, please share.

Throwing Rice
The throwing of rice on the couple symbolizes prosperity and good luck. Wheat and other grains are sometimes thrown in addition to rice, thereby also wishing prosperity and lack of want. Today, however, there are many variations on the throwing or rice including blowing bubbles, holding sparklers, etc.

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Wedding traditions are traditions for a reason: they’ve been around a long time. But where did they originate? Our Wedding Traditions Explained series attempts to find out. We have no real evidence to back up these claims, but they were gathered from various online sources. Take them for what they’re worth, and if you’ve heard differing explanations, please share.

Toasting
Toasting comes from an ancient French custom of placing bread in the bottom of the glass. The person giving the toast would drain the drink to get the “toast.” According to legend, when a bride and groom drink their wedding toast, whoever finishes first will rule the family.

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Shannon’s wedding band

I got the call yesterday that my ring was ready, so Mike and I went to pick it up when he was out of work. It’s a tiny little band, but it came with some extensive (and superfluous) packaging. First the bag:

Then a box:

Then a box inside the box:

Then finally the ring:

I love it! I love how small and dainty and simple it is. It’s exactly what I wanted. Because of the setting of my engagement ring, it’s doesn’t exactly work naturally with a band. Looks a little awkward in fact.

Not terrible, but I like them individually better than together. Which is fine because my plan all along was to have the engagement ring as a special, beautiful ring, and the wedding band for everyday wear. Like this:

I love love love it. It’s such a simple thing, but it’s the perfect look for me. And I was actually thinking, because I love my engagement ring so much too, I could wear it on my ring hand if I feel like it. I don’t know, so many options! I’m just happy that I love both of my rings.

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Wedding traditions are traditions for a reason: they’ve been around a long time. But where did they originate? Our Wedding Traditions Explained series attempts to find out. We have no real evidence to back up these claims, but they were gathered from various online sources. Take them for what they’re worth, and if you’ve heard differing explanations, please share.

Taking Each Other’s Hands in Marriage
The open right hand is a symbol of strength, resource and purpose. The coming together of both right hands during a wedding ceremony is a symbol that the bride and the groom can depend on each other and the resources that each brings to the marriage. It also represents the merger of their lives together into one.

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