Traditions…what memories are made of.
The holiday’s are in full swing and I’ve you’re like us you probably already have the next few weeks planned out. I wanted to pause today and ask you about your family traditions. I’d love to hear how you celebrate Christmas…what events you have, what foods you serve, how you handle gift giving…
Can I share a few of our family traditions?
I’ve had a love for baking for as long as I can remember. When my kiddos were tiny we took an entire day and made sugar cookies. No kidding from start to finish it took the better part of the day! Aside from the mess it was such a good time.
This year The Husband and I started this tradition with our first granddaughter, Elliot aka: Ellie…
My girls and I continue this tradition with a yearly “Let’s Do Dessert” Party! We each get the ingredients for a couple of sweet recipes we want to do and get together at my house. We sip cider, listen to Christmas music and become bakers and candy makers! At the end of the day we divvy up the spoils and take home lots of different goodies which our husbands get to take to share with their coworkers! This year we’ve scheduled our Let’s Do Dessert Party the day before our big family party so we’ll share our confections at the party! (Click on pictures for recipes from years past!)
And speaking of the BFP aka… Big Family Party, we do this on the Saturday before Christmas every year. It’s just my dad,sis,me and our kids, but boy we’re growing! The number this year will be 23 of us!
We do this at my little house so it’s really packed in! The Husband makes his delicious lasagna and we have a giant dessert bar! Then we do a “Mean Santa” gift exchange which is basically a White Elephant gift exchange but with gifts you’d really want! We end the night by playing a game …Pictionary or Charades! It’s a loud, fun evening and it gives us connection.
***A brief aside, traditions sometimes have to change over the years. Most of you know this first hand.
The year after Mom left this world we did nothing as a “big” family. We kept everything small. Then in 2007 we overhauled our family traditions, knowing Mom would want us to keep close. Now we get together 5 times during the year but the get-together’s are slightly different than when Mom was with us. If you’ve had a tremendous loss please do what you need to do this year. Be very gentle with yourself. As Elizabeth Edward’s said: “…adjust your sails…”***
And then there’s Christmas Eve! The night before Christmas is almost magical isn’t it?
That’s the time we reserve for our immediate family get-together. It’s super relaxed. We start in the afternoon and have everyone’s favorite appetizers and spiced cider. Then we play a board game or two, some of my children are very competitive so this is always ummm, let’s say: lively.
Then we open presents. The girls always get matching P. J’s which we change into immediately.
I’ve always loved matching Pa-Jays…
One year I did sock monkey Pa-Jays…still one of my favorites…
For several years I gave the boys matching Pa-Jays but they revolted and there were budget cuts, so it’s girls these days!
Last year we wore little gnome-tees…this year?
Well this year’s Pa-Jays are a secret until Christmas Eve!
We finish out Christmas Eve with a Panini Bar! You know a plethora of breads, cheeses and other sandwich ingredients to choose from and a panini maker! It’s so easy since everyone makes their own!
And Christmas Day…The Husband and I are empty-nesters and our grown-up kids have other families to see! We always go to a movie which is really relaxing after season of hustle and bustle!
Now, would you tell me about your traditions? I’d so love to hear how you live your moments with family and friends…
Love to each one visiting today…