Things I know for sure: Christmas edition

1. Mike will always make way too much lasagna. This year? For Mike, Kari, Kari’s mom and Kari’s brother? He made seven (well, six and a half). That is a new record. Next year we are hoping to each have two of our very own.

2. The cookie dough should really be chilled before you make the cookies. But it’s okay if you just don’t want to. They’ll still turn out. (Related: the cookies will look better if you just make them yourself. But it’s better to also make memories and let the cookies be a little crooked.)

3. Sure, I love listening to Christmas CDs, but no recordings can match listening to the congregation sing old favorites like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Also “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”

4. One of my favorite moments of the year is, without fail, the end of our Christmas Eve service when everyone holds up their candles and we sing “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.”

5. Now that my dad isn’t here to do it, my brother will always shake and pretend to know what the presents are.

6. My grandma makes the best pecan pie in the entire world.

7. I always get goosebumps when we sing, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” (Confession: I got goosebumps just typing it.)

8. Every year, I offend at least one person with my extreme dislike of It’s a Wonderful Life. (This year? Already taken care of.)

9. Nothing beats a tree with ornaments that tell a story. That’s the Miss Piggy I got when I was a kid, and that’s the snowman I bought Mike from Old Salem, and here’s the Abominable Snowman he got me a few years ago, and here’s the Hop on Pop I got my dad that my mom let me have, and this is the angel from Kenya (where my sponsored child lives) that Mike gave me last year.

10. Gladys may have said it best: “Hey! Unto you a child is born!

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