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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have any holiday traditions?

I mean small scale here. Not "Every year we go to Vail and take a sleigh ride to the mountain top and roast marshmallows and drink expensive Champagne." (Sounds nice though, right?)

Any simple traditions you and your families enjoy?


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We don't visit anyone on Christmas Eve. My husband and I spend the night together with our 7 yr old daughter whom still believes in Santa. I think this will be the last year we get to enjoy that peace, she is growing up and next year may not be the same. For 2 days (24-25) we play holiday music, watch holiday movies and keep the negative stuff out (news/complicated family members/drama and work). That is my family tradition so far.

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Christmas Day fare of roast turkey, giblet gravy, cornbread dressing, whole berry cranberry sauce, candied yams, buttered green beans and corn, and either pecan or coconut cream pie with baked meringue topping!

Now ain't that enough Texas Christmas tradition for you?

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This is our holiday tradition:

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My late husband and I always had the seven fishes meal on Christmas Eve. His best friend was/is Italian, and he was the inspiration that started us on that tradition.

We also ate prime rib of beef on Christmas Day.

Now that I'm alone, and certainly don't eat that much, I'm still going to make a few fish appetizers on Christmas Eve and dine on beef on Christmas Day.

New Year's Eve, we always had champagne and a variety of appetizers.

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We always celebrate Christmas Eve with my side of the family. I grew up going to my Grandmas, then my mom took over and now everyone comes over here. It's the only time of year that everyone gets together at the same time so I really look forward to it. We alway serve tamales and ham. Everyone brings their one specialty dish or dessert. We eat first then open gifts, (real torture for the kids,lol). I love watching all the little kids open their gifts. This year I'm doing a hot chocolate bar.

My husband usually has to work on Christmas Day so we get up really early to open gifts so he can leave on time, then depending on where he's working, the kids and I will spend the afternoon at his station and eat Christmas dinner there.

My brother in law also works on Christmas so we celebrate with my husband's family on the day after Christmas. We usually go to my MIL's house though next year I'm probably going to takeover. She hinted that she's ready to give it up.

This is the first time in 20 years that we didn't go see Santa. My youngest, 10 years old, said he didn't want to go.
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This is a great thread! When we were all under one roof, every new years eve we'd make eggrolls. I have no earthly idea why, (ill have to ask Mom)but it was a great time! My dad was southern, so of course we had the obligatory black eyed peas.

Xmas eve we'd open one present each (usually pjs).

Oh and mom would have the Mormon tabernacle choir records playing. Im a Jack Mormon now, but to this day, I love to listen to them. Brings back wonderful memories of a wonderful childhood.
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No traditions anymore. When mom was alive we'd make a certain German bread every Christmas. That continued from my childhood until she passed. I continued it a couple times afterwards and now it's just a pleasant memory.
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when we were kids (my 2 brothers and 1 sister), we would open up our presents on Christmas eve.

our granny and granpa would take us kids out driving around the neighborhoods Christmas eve night looking at all the Christmas lights and lawn ornaments.

while we we out driving around, back home, 'Santa' would come and deliver the gifts.
so, naturally we were anticipating everything while driving around, couldn't wait to get back and get our toys.

that's when i remember my granny and granpa the most. every time i drive around now, 50 years later, seeing the Christmas lights i remember them.

it's the little things like that, that give the fondest memories.
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During December we go look at Christmas lights. There are a number of places near our home that really go all out to make it special and my son loves it!

Christmas eve, we either spend at my parents with my dad's side of the family or we go out of state to visit my in-laws. We switch off every other year to make sure we spend it with each side. We go to church in the evening and then have a big family dinner. Then watch a Christmas movie before bed and make cookies to leave out for Santa.

Christmas day, we open presents and have a special breakfast. Play with the new toys, then go to my mom's side of the family to visit and celebrate. My uncle is hosting this year and will have a big dinner for everyone. It's another big family get-together for everyone and it's always nice to see everyone.
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Sure do. We go to a park down by the river with all the family, cousins, friends..... Set up the picnic tables, grill burgers dogs and bratwurst. We toss the Frisbee around and sometime play a game of soft ball. Then in the evenings, we crack open the cooler of beer and shoot off fireworks. I love the Forth of July!

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Sure do. We go to a park down by the river with all the family, cousins, friends..... Set up the picnic tables, grill burgers dogs and bratwurst. We toss the Frisbee around and sometime play a game of soft ball. Then in the evenings, we crack open the cooler of beer and shoot off fireworks. I love the Forth of July!
lol I did not specify which holiday, so thanks for sharing!

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My husband loved Christmas so I dragged it out a bit for him. We would buy each other 6 small gifts and starting on Dec 20th open one per night. It was a lot more fun than opening all at once. Christmas Eve we would put out the luminaries along the street and then drive around enjoying the decorations. Dinner that night would be appetizers and egg nog/cocoa.
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Our anniversary is on the 24th, so yea we have a holiday tradition


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