I can't believe this thread hasn't been started yet!
Personally, I really like reading about what you all enjoy doing over the holidays. Sometimes it gives me ideas of things I might like to try (or, in some cases, avoid).
I added the New to the subject line in case there are some of you who, like us, are trying something different this year.
I'm not sure if it can be called a tradition if it's new, so perhaps it's best phrased as, we're co-opting an old tradition and applying it in a new way.
This year we're actually doing what many parents (or at least my mom) have been threatening their kids with for at least 30+ years. We're doing gifts AFTER the 25th!
In our co-parenting arrangement the girls generally spend Christmas at their mom's (she likes to get into the holiday spirit and has a much larger household now, so it's festive craziness over there), and then the girls stop by our place on Christmas Eve to exchange stockings. This year we've simply opted to wait to exchange stockings until New Year's Eve.
I know, pretty wild! We're practically middle-aged rebels!
I guess part of makes this year different is that both girls have after school jobs and have learned the value of a dollar. They also know you get more for your money when you shop the after Christmas sales, so it wasn't a hard sell.
I guess we'll see how it goes!
We alternate holidays between Florida and New York (children in both places)
This year NY won out. Plus with the new regulations, you can't take wrapped gifts on a plane and I don't feel like driving the 1200 miles with the weather so unpredictable.
Treat myself to
A MISTRESS FOR CHRISTMAS!!
Merry Christmas everyone! (Oh I looked around for a :tree: tag to put in here.. but none were to be had
It has always been "our" side of the Family does Christmas dinner and presents the Sunday before. It's a traditional German dish called sauerbrauten. All the trimmings. We alternate houses and each family brings a dish. We serve on paper plates so cleanup is easy. Only the Kids that are younger than 15 get presents. Then on Christmas the spouses get to go to the other Family. Been doing it this way for at least 60+ years.
It has always been "our" side of the Family does Christmas dinner and presents the Sunday before. It's a traditional German dish called sauerbrauten. All the trimmings.
Haven't had Sauerbraten in decades! Too bad, should have known you years ago when I used to sail into Gennessee Yacht Club. If I recall, Webster is only for smaller or shallow draft craft.
And, yes, Irondequoit Bay is shallow.
One of the local theaters have Christmas pantomimes, where the audience is encouraged to boo and hiss at the villain, warn the hero or heroine that that the bad guy is coming, etc.
We have started a tradition of taking our grandkids to the pantomime as part of their Christmas gift. Next Christmas, the panto is Jack & the Beanstalk.
always lots of fun, for the grandkids and Grandma & Grandpa.
..where we put names with numbers in a box. We pick someone to pick the first slip and then that person opens the gift with the person's name and number on it. Then that person picks a slip. It continues until all of the gifts are opened. (There are usually some gag gifts included.) It takes a long time to do it this way but the grand-kids really enjoy it. We told the oldest grand daughter that we were going to change the way we do things this year, but she raised such a ruckus that we kept things the way they were.
We went to our oldest son's house last night for Christmas Eve. Opened a few presents. We always make lumpia and it was totally scarfed. He had picked up a pile of lobster tails so we also had lobster. Then there was the plate of "goodies" we had made. My peanut brittle was pounced upon and devoured. (I make really good peanut brittle )
Today we will be going to our other son's house for a few more presents and they are making cioppino. We'll also get some quality time with our newest granddaughter who is getting old now - she's 3 months.
Our daughter is elsewhere this year and wasn't able to make it for a visit.
Hope everybody is having a great holiday of whatever type.
I just got finished doing the multicity tour in my state to visit all relatives. It's something that I wish was not a tradition...
Each Xmas, we make a different holiday libation, This year, it was vanilla Vodka and Baileys Irish Creme over coffee-based mini ice cubes. See: http://prettyplainjanes.com/2015/10/30/holiday-iced-coffee/
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