Friday Five

Friday Five: Christmas Traditions

Christmas-around-world1As posted by Jan at RevGalBlogPals:

“Christmas traditions vary from family to family and from regions afar.
I’ve been pleased that my oldest son’s wife AA loves to be with our
family for Christmas, though I don’t think we do anything out of the
ordinary. It helps that DC has one brother and two sisters to liven up
our home.

Since I finally decorated the Christmas tree and have
started baking Christmas cookies, I am thinking of Christmas only being
one week away.

So for this Friday Five, tell us five things about the traditions in your family. Think of

  • traditions you always do — We take a picture of the children and dogs that goes on a Christmas card, though this year it won’t happen until right before Christmas, and there will be only one dog, and one of the kids is really a grown-up and the cards will more likely be New Year’s greetings. This feels emotion-packed. We’ll still take a picture.

Here’s last year’s. I felt pretty sure it would be our last with Molly.

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Anyway. Still miss her. Pretty glad my traditions didn’t include stockings for the dogs or anything like that.

  • traditions you always cook or eat — My kids will tell you the big tradition is my adaptation of my mother’s Baked Cheese Garlic Grits. Click the link for the recipe, somewhat embroidered, as mine ever are. We eat these on Christmas morning, usually. We’re cooking a turkey Christmas day, so I’m not sure where the grits fit this year.
  • traditions you would like to start — All presents must fit in a stocking. I would prefer that to nothing in stockings. On the other hand, I already bought at least one thing for someone that won’t. So we’ll have to ease into this. What this is all about is that I don’t care about other presents as long as there are things in my stocking. Don’t worry, my family knows this.
  • traditions you would like to discard — You know, we really don’t have anything tightly held that I don’t like. I’m working hard to let go of pressure I put on myself, but after being in a neighbor’s house last night and envying their tidy and decorated state, I’m not sure how good a job I’ve done.
  • anything about your family Christmases — Our unusual tradition is a big party shortly before Christmas with my former husband’s family. His father, who was a widower, married a gal with a large extended family. They throw a party for both sides which includes an aspect that came from “our” side that the children sing and play instruments and do readings. It’s sort of charming and old-fashioned and a little bit much all at the same time. Papa is the only living grandparent my kids have, and we do this for him.

 

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4 thoughts on “Friday Five: Christmas Traditions”

  1. the grits sound yummy… albeit different for a new englander i should think?! the grinch… well at least pureluck doesn’t dress up like the grinch for the family photo and all…

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