Christmas Morning

Hey there! So now that the much-anticipated Christmas day is
over, I’d like to share with you what happened this holiday at the Kempers’
home!

First of all, each year it seems like Christmas morning gets less exciting. It could be that we aren’t looking forward to those presents as
much or we have other things on our minds these years and getting presents
isn’t as important to us anymore compared to just spending the day with family,
but my brother and I no longer wake up at 5 AM anymore and rush down the stairs
to see what Santa brought us. We have more recently gotten into the habit of
waking up around 8 AM (at the earliest) Christmas morning and lazily walking down
the stairs. Despite the gradual decline in anticipation, Christmas is my
favorite day of the year anyway. Why, you ask? Because my family has the best
humor and opening presents is just hilarious. For instance, my dad got a
“Corksicle” this year, which is an icicle that you freeze and put into a wine
bottle that also serves as a cork. Clever, right? As for me, I got some true
winners in my stocking. I was lucky and got a jumbo pack of Tic-Tac’s, a
Chip-Clip, Q-Tips, and an eyelash curler. Santa’s pretty creative these days!
These stocking-stuffers are always so amusing which is possibly my favorite
part of the presents each year.

After the first batch of presents is opened, my family has
the tradition of having a Zingerman’s coffee cake for breakfast and relaxing
before the real presents are opened. Besides the stocking stuffers, I did get
some new clothes, jewelry, shoes, and a book for the GRE (it’s basically a test
that I have to take that is like the SAT or ACT on steroids for entry into
Physical Therapy graduate school).

Once all of the presents are opened, a common tradition we
have is driving around and looking at Christmas lights and then getting home
and watching “White Christmas.” This movie seriously never gets old because
it’s such a classic, just like “Home Alone.” Once we are all getting hungry, we
have the tradition of having lamb, green beans and popovers for dinner followed
by my favorite dessert EVER!!! Not many people have heard of it (probably
because we made up the name even though I’m sure there is an official name for
it) but it’s called Refrigerator Roll. Basically, it consists of whipped cream
being sandwiched between pieces of chocolate wafers and then letting it sit and
get soft. Ok, my explanation doesn’t make it sound very good, but trust me…it’s
delicious. If anyone ever offers you Refrigerator Roll, ACCEPT THE OFFER! You
won’t regret it!

Well, those are pretty much all of my family’s traditions,
so until next time, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @hopeleslie15.

Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!