Selvin Ortiz

Our First Real Christmas Tree

December 6, 2015 by

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In Guatemala — where I was born and raised — Christmas is by far the most awaited holiday of the year. It is a time for families to come together and celebrate each other in a way that you rarely experience away from home.

We have lots of great traditions, fun games, and delicious food that we get to enjoy together. For a lot of us that left, this is a time when we really miss those we left behind.

That is not to say that Christmas in America is boring or that it lacks traditions, games or food… far from it. Christmas here is what you make it and if you focus on what you’re missing, you lose the chance to make your own traditions and memories.

I realized this when I married my lovely bride (Penny) and inherited my wonderful stepson (Grayson) who was only six years old at the time. I knew that at some point, I would have to stop lamenting not being back in Guatemala and focusing on making Christmas, a very special holiday for us.

Ingredients for a special Christmas #

One thing that made Christmas special for me growing up, was family. That magic time of the year when my three siblings and I would go a whole day without fighting:)

The most exciting thing I had to look forward to, was Tamales. This traditional Christmas dish was a once a year thing for our family. Grandma would get started super early in the morning and we would smell it the whole day. We could barely wait for our grandpa to be done praying over the food.

My wife loves Christmas just as much as I do and only she can tell you about what made Christmas special for her. What I can tell you is that, we’ve enjoyed merging our favorite ingredients together and shaping our own traditions.

That reminds me… this article is about our real Christmas tree!

A tree named Nacho #

Nacho is the name that our boy Grayson picked for our tree in honor of one of our favorite family movies (Nacho Libre) that closely edges out Elf.

Nacho is a young Scotch Pine that we harvested at the Hansen Tree Farm about an hour away.

This is our first real tree since we became a family and we’re really excited to have it in our living room.

We are a quirky family #

One of the things that makes it easy for us to put our own spin on things is the fact that we’re really quirky and we enjoy making fun of ourselves.

We’re not just talking about the weird dance that seems to pop up out of nowhere or the totally random Jim Gaffigan "Hot Pockets" impersonation. No, we’re talking straight up embarrassing quirks… but you’ll have to stop by on Christmas eve to see it on display;)

We love Jesus #

I believe that the biggest reason we love Christmas so much is because it’s a season to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Of course, people celebrate Christmas for different reasons. Some people don’t celebrate it at all because they find it offensive.

We believe in the Bible, Jesus, and his Resurrection.

If you happen to be in the minority of my readers (non believers), know that I don’t mean to offend you and my intension is not to dismiss your culture or beliefs. You and I believe in something and that’s important. Believing in something is better than standing against everything.

Your own Christmas traditions #

We would love it if you could share your favorite Christmas traditions with us so that we can continue to experiment with ours.

Feel free to share foods and games you enjoy during Christmas as well.

Up next #

Before the end of the year, I’ll be making a big announcement along with my year in review. You won’t want to miss that, specially if you’re a fan of Craft CMS

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