I thought it might be fun to share holiday traditions that people take part in during this time of the year. Share away! I am excited for my whole family (extended family included) to get together on Christmas Eve for church, presents, games, food, drinking and bonding time that we don't get the rest of the year. We stay overnight at the grandparents and party the night away. We've done this since I was a baby back in 1985 so it is pretty amazing that the whole family has been able to get together each year since that time. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
We have always gathered at my father's house on Christmas eve. It was always an open house from early afternoon until late in the evening. All my dad's friends from the police force would be stopping by , many in their cruisers. Family members would arrive thru out the day and every one would bring food and help with the dishes. Dad died in June of 2007 and last year we tried to carry on as before but it was not the same. My step-mother has never liked Christmas and I barely felt welcome last year and I may not even go there this year. I thought she would want some company and not want to be alone but that didn't seem to be the case. My daughters say they feel the same way so I think we will start a new tradition at my house this year.
When I was a kid my family use to have a big whipped cream fight every year at Thanksgiving. Anyone that dared to participate armed themselves with cool whip, redi whip, whatever and we spent about 15 minutes running around my grandparents yard like hooligans slinging whipped topping at one another.
We've all grown and have our own families now, so we are all in the transition of making our own new traditions. My parent's house is now the "grandparent's house". It's strange, but exciting to start our own traditions.
When my ex and I were still together we would pick an Angel from the Angel tree that was the same age as our son and shop for them, using our son as sort of a template to know what to get or what size to buy. Now that my ex and I have split, I carry the tradition on with my now four-year-old son. We picked out a little boy his age named "Devon" and bought him an outfit and some toys. I think it helps my son learn about the spirit of giving and it helps him remember how lucky he is. He loved "being Santa" as we call it. I would recommend this one to anyone with children and that are fortunate enough to be able to have a nice Christmas.
I like most cats better than I like most people. I'll try to be nicer if you try to be smarter.
Well everyone came to my house for Christmas and it was a lot of work but well worth it. I had decorated four trees and put up garlands and strings of lights around all the archways and had candles and bowls of pine cones, etc. The kids loved all the lights and looking at the minature village scene. They played in the snow and built a huge snowman and got cold and their clothes soaking wet and were so happy because they never have enough snow to play in at home. My daughter brought her first grandchild with her so we had the joy of seeing everything from the perspective of a 15 month old. Made my younger daughters re-think the idea of having "one more".The dogs were thrilled at having 3 boys to play with and the cats went in hiding and didn't come out til this morning. They all left last night and called at one am to let us know they made it home safely.I am tired but I would do it all over again tomorrow.