“Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”
-SUSAN LIEBERMAN, New Traditions
One of the best parts about the holiday season is of course tradition. Traditions with family, friends, and co-workers are all something wonderful. Tradition is what makes the holiday season so meaningful and makes it something to look forward to. So in lieu of the holiday season I thought I would share a few of my favorite Christmas Traditions.
My most cherished Christmas tradition is on Christmas Eve. Every Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, we go to my grandma’s for a huge family get together. This is the time when all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins come out of the woodwork. There is a massive amount of delicious, carb filled food (calories totally don’t count on holidays), there are tons of presents, and most importantly all my family is there together. It is something that I hope will continue on when I have children. Family is truly what is important around the holidays.
Another Christmas tradition that I cherish is Christmas Eve night at my parents. Every Christmas Eve night, I get to open two presents. One present is always a new pair of jammies for me to wear that night and the other is something of my choice (kind of). My mom always acted like I got to choose when in reality she always had one or two that I could open. This is something I will definitely pass down to my children. It is something that I look forward to every Christmas Eve, even as an adult.
Christmas day, I would always go run into the room and wake my parents up at 5 or 6am and tell my parents “It’s time to get up!” I would of course have to wait for them to get their coffee, but then… present time! Now this would not seem like a tradition to most right? Every kid gets their parents up at the crack of dawn and rips open their present’s right? Wrong. I was not allowed to open any present I wanted. My presents were numbered. Yes. Numbered. My mom wanted me to open my presents in the proper order. For example if I got a Nintendo DS she didn’t want me opening the Nintendo DS games. This is something I make fun of her for but it is something about Christmas that makes me smile and I will most definitely number my children’s presents. Organization is key. Organization is fun. No? Just me?
What are some of your favorite family traditions?