A lot of people have traditions around different holidays. We do too, but they have morphed a lot since I was a child.
Growing up, presents were not touched until Christmas morning. Daddy’s rule and it wasn’t even a discussion. Now I never peeked, but I have discovered after all these years that my little sister wasn’t as honorable (yeah I know you peeked!)
Daddy would turn on the movie lights to let us know when we could enter the living room Christmas morning – yeah those big lights for 8 mm film (for the younger people reading, don’t worry about it) It was so bright you could barely see and made everything magical.
We didn’t have a lot of time with our presents. My grandparents lived about an hour away and Grandmother wouldn’t let Granddaddy open anything until we got there. He’d be on the phone wondering where we were if we were late. The aunt and uncle who lived next door to G&G had three kids, so we always saw them for Christmas.
As we got older, things did evolve. Grandmother lived long enough to meet our son, but we didn’t see her every Christmas after we got married. We had to travel around the state, so a new tradition was formed. Christmas Eve was spent with my in-laws and on alternate years we’d go to my parents. The other years they’d come to us. As it worked out, all of our kids got to spend their first Christmas without traveling (not that they remember that).
Things have changed again with our kids growing up and moving to their homes. Now we see La Daughter either mid-December or early January when she’s available from whatever production she’s stage managing and spend Christmas Eve and morning with El Son and DIL and, of course, the grandson. Then head to my sister’s house for dinner Christmas night.
It’s a lot of traveling, but it’s easier for us. We’re both retired and have more freedom of movement. I can always write in the car or in the mornings before everyone else is up. Maybe not well, but I can do it.
Another tradition is the ornaments I make for the roommates – can’t show this year’s yet, but here’s some of my past efforts. I love doing the counted cross-stitch and it definitely keeps me from snacking.
What your favorite traditions? Share them and also enter my Rafflecopter for a giveaway of some copies of A Collection of Christmas Stories. (And keep an eye out for my new series that will start in January!)
Merry Whatever you celebrate and stay safe!!