"I want to hear about or see a holiday tradition, recipe or event. It can be any holiday you like or that is special to your family. With Thanksgiving and the Winter holidays coming up, those would be especially apt, but anything that is special for your family is fine. If you have pictures - it's a bonus! Whether it's your Mom's famous stuffing recipe, going caroling on Christmas Eve, Diwali dances, or even the inevitability of Great Aunt Polly having one too many brandies and knocking over the Christmas tree - I want to hear about it!!!"
Well, we don't really have any traditions in our family. We used to, when I was growing up, but not so much these days. When I was little, we'd spend Christmas Eve at my Grandpa's house, and a little bit at my "Gommy's" house. Yes, my grandparent's were divorced. Christmas morning, I'd wake up early and go wake up my mom and dad. Mom would get up, but Daddy rarely did. It was ok as long as I didn't have to wait on him to wake up to open presents! After opening the presents, I'd be all excited, waiting for my sister to come over. She got married when I was in the first grade and I idolized her (I still do). She always had the coolest presents for her little sister.
Later, my whole Dad's side of the family would meet over at my Aunt Mary's house for brunch. It was always the same...scrambled eggs, grits, cheese souffle, toast, bacon and sausage. YUMMY! I always had to sit at the "kids" table which sucked. I had no cousins my age. All were (and still are, d'uh) either younger or older by a few years. I guess it was ok. I always had fun.
Now most of my Dad's family is dead or moved far away, so all those traditions of my youth are gone. It's sad, but at least I have good memories.
This has got me thinking that I should try to start a few traditions for my little one. As it is, the only thing we do every year, without fail, is drive around to look at Christmas lights. We always end up at the Clott's house who have always done this HUGE Christmas lighting extravaganza. It is awesome. We usually go there more than once!
But I really need to think about starting some more traditions than that. So thank you very much for this week's topic! You have really given me something to think about :)