Time is running out for online shopping folks! Christmas is Monday, so unless you’re buying gifts for people that you won’t see until after "the big day," you’re probably out of luck. Assuming that the gifts have been purchased, let’s chat about family holiday traditions.
Whether you realize it or not, just about every family has at least one tradition for Christmas. For
my family, like many…cooking and eating is a big part of holiday traditions. My Dad would always kick off the Christmas season by baking lots of cookies and candies and yummy delights. Through the years, it became imperative (to us) that he make Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without these yummy treats!
In addition, my Dad would host dinner on Christmas Eve, something big and fancy with multiple courses. We’d all dress up in fancy holiday clothes and act really proper for the evening. We’d all swear that we wouldn’t discuss politics, religion or any controversial topics, but we always did anyway. We’d also talk about the new year to come and what we wanted to focus on.
When I was young, my Dad would dash out and do all his Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve. He would carefully separate out my step-Mom’s presents and leave those in the car to wrap later. He would then sneak the other gifts in the backdoor and hide them in his room where my step-Mom would do most of the wrapping while my Dad got back to cooking. It was a crazy scheme, but it worked! As we got older, my Dad started shopping earlier because the crazy Christmas Eve dash really stressed out my step-Mom.
If my step-Grandma was around for dinner, she would start us off with a prayer and would then recite The Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. This may seem perfectly normal for many households, but we’re not Spanish speakers, so it was a bit quirky (and we love Grandma for it). After dessert, it was time for the spoon hanging contest. This is something that Grandma started long ago at Thanksgiving actually. It’s weird, but funny…we’d all lick our spoons and hang them from our noses to see who’s would hang the longest. There were no prizes for this incredible talent, just some strange entertainment value after a very large meal.
After dinner we would each open one gift as a preview for the next morning’s chaos. And trust me, it was always chaos! The number of presents that were piled under and around the tree was amazing. The mess that ensued from everyone opening gifts was unbelievable! We couldn’t even find most of our gifts through all the mess. Afterwards, Dad would always make an amazing brunch of Eggs Benedict and a bunch of side dishes. And then we’d spend the rest of the day playing with our new toys and games.
So, that’s pretty much my family’s tradition…what’s yours?!? Is it similar or different from mine? I’d love to hear about it.