LEON…a Family Christmas Tradition

We have four children and one son-in-law. For a short while we had everyone here, even Courtney and Drew from California.  We celebrated Christmas early so they could travel on to be with Drew’s family. I’m learning, as my Mom says, “Christmas is a Season, not a day”. 

Of our four kids ALL of them inherited their father’s sense of humor and quick wit.

This makes for interesting parental moments when their quick wit enables them to debate anything better than you. You can’t decide whether you want to laugh or pull your hair out. And they know this!

My mind doesn’t think that fast. I’m more slow and steady I suppose.

I’m the person who thinks of the perfect reply…2 hours later.

In my defense, I’m better with math than any of them. Husband included.

They are each super creative (which I’ll claim they get from me).

Creativity takes many forms.

My son, Garrison, is the creative genius behind LEON…a Family Christmas Tradition. No matter how often the letters are moved to say NOEL he finds a new arrangement.

Regardless of how letters are arranged

or family traditions (both silly and sentimental)

or the many stressful intrusions that take our eyes off the true meaning of the season

The sentiment will always be the same.


The celebration of the greatest gift ever given. The greatest gift ever to be received.

Wishing each and every one of you a most BLESSED CHRISTMAS! I pray we ALL open our hearts, receive and worship Jesus this Noel.

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7 Responses to LEON…a Family Christmas Tradition

  1. Sandy A says:

    My husband does the same thing to my NOEL letters–then sits back and sees how long it takes me to notice. He thinks he is so clever–and I have to say it adds some fun to our holidays and I look to see what and when he does his creative spelling…

  2. Silly moments often are the most fondly remembered. I love this little game! Have a blessed and merry LEON! :)

  3. Nana Diana says:

    NOEL to you, too! I wonder if Jay Leno ever realized his name could spell NOEL if he moved the letters around? Happy, Merry Christmas to you- xo Diana

  4. Stacy says:

    This is too cute! I’m not one bit surprised that Garrison is the creative mind behind this tradition.
    (Let him know I’m sort of partial to “ELON” for obvious reasons. :)

    NOEL to my sweet sister and her wonderful family.

  5. I’m so glad you got to spend some Christmas time with the whole family, Sonya! It’s tough when they get older {and have a spouse or partner}. My son used to do that, too, when I had NOEL blocks out at Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Lisa says:

    What a cute tradition! Have a Merry Christmas, Sonya!

  7. That is great…that is so like our family, and how fun. Yes we are starting to celebrate early in order to all be together…ours was Saturday. I now have taken my table for 14 down to a table for 6 for Christmas day…for those still living at home…it really isn’t the day it is the reason for the Season
    Merry Christmas….blessings to you and yours