1st X-Mass I have memories from - possibly also my first footie pajamas
This week's Finish the Sentence Friday prompt was a twofer:
"This holiday season, I will ..."
"My favorite Christmas tradition is ..."
One tradition in our family growing up was that our Mom would get us each one new Christmas ornament every year. That way, once we were out on our own, we would already have a starter set, plus the memories that came with them. My funniest was the year I opened a plastic gold bell. I thought it was an odd (and kinda crappy/cheap) choice, but didn't want to be rude, so I said the appropriate Thank Yous and went to put it on the tree. Mom started laughing and told me to open it. Open? It was a ring box! Inside was a fabulous amethyst ring. :)
I picked up the torch and started giving my nephews a new ornament each year. Sometimes it's very easy to decide, but other times, not so much! If, say, they took a trip, started a new hobby, passed a milestone, etc. during the year, I'll try to get something to reflect that. Otherwise, I'll look for something that's either funny, or beautifully crafted.
Another tradition we had (no longer applies) came about as a result of my Mom's sister and her family moving from the Boston area to the New Orleans area when we were kids. Knowing how crazy things could be on Christmas day, especially with six girls between the two families, we took to opening gifts from each other by phone on Christmas Eve so we could spend a little long-distance holiday time together. Before they moved, we would spend Christmas Eve at their house and Christmas day at ours. We would all gather around the piano(s) singing Christmas carols, etc. I miss those days! :(
This one isn't so much a tradition as a "catch them if you can..." There is a sugar cookie recipe we have always made for Christmas. It's one of those recipes where the dough is rolled into balls and rolled in sugar, then pressed into shape with a buttered/sugared glass/mug bottom and decorated with sprinkles, etc. We try to do it when everyone will be around so we can all take part in the decorating. We've had some pretty silly cookies as a result.
I can't recall who's idea our most recently adopted tradition was. I'm thinking maybe my brother in law. It doubtless came about as the result of a stomach ache!! When it comes to food on the holidays in our family, it can get pretty crazy. You were practically ready to explode just from the bazillion appetizers and the nibbles (peanuts, holiday candies, etc.). Our new system kills two birds with one stone - now that the kids are older and alternate holidays with girlfriends' families, etc. sometimes we'll have them on Christmas Eve, other times Christmas day. We started serving appetizers and desserts on Christmas Eve for whoever is there (maybe some neighbors/friends will join), then have our family dinner on Christmas day, and on Christmas night, pull out any remaining desserts (and maybe an extra or two). We find that stretching it out this way works MUCH better. You get get to enjoy all the goodies, and the company if not everyone can be with you on Christmas day, without feeling sick to your stomach or having to pass up on something because you're too full.
As for my FAVORITE, I guess that would have to be the Christmas ornaments, and I'm hoping the boys will pass that one down to their kids when they have them. I can be kind of a holiday time capsule. :)
What about your family, any traditions you'd like to share?
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Next week's prompt will be: "This holiday season, I will ..."