My family always decorates for Christmas together. This year my mom wanted a candy cane theme for the lights on the house. We put ornaments on the tree as a family. It brings our family closer together because we spend time together. My brother and I always pick a name from the tree of love and get that little boy or girl a present for Christmas. It makes me feel good to know that I helped someone have a good Christmas. We always send out Christmas cards to about eighty people. My mom writes a letter and the rest of us put them in envelopes. We give presents to our teachers, cousins, and other friends. I wrap them by hand. I am in band and in piano lessons. We have school concerts, band concerts, and piano recitals. Music plays a big part in our family at Christmas. Baking is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. We bake about 200 cookies every Christmas. My cousins come over and help frost the cutout cookies because they can frost them better than us. This year they frosted my face. It brings us closer together because we have fun with each other and laugh a lot. My family always hangs up a countdown to Christmas on the wall. On December first, we open up the first flap and read what it says. We open one every day until Christmas. We always have to leave out cookies for Santa Clause! On Christmas Eve my grandparents come over for supper. We open presents and talk a lot. My cousins usually come, but this year they are living in Washington D.C. On Christmas morning we open our presents from Santa and my parents. This brings our family closer because we thank each other and laugh a lot. On Christmas Day we go to my aunt’s house. We have a really big family and we eat a lot of food. We play games and we are really loud. My grandpa comes from the nursing home. That is really special to us. This project helped me to realize that we are really busy during the holiday and that sometimes I take for granted that I have a really good family and friends. This project also helped me to realize that Christmas isn’t just about presents, it’s about family, friends, and most of all Jesus!