What is a holiday tradition you have in your family?
We don’t have a lot, but there are a few that we have kept up over the years.
First, is breakfast on Christmas – We have had the same meal ever year since we got married.
Pillsbury Orange Sweet Rolls – yes, I’m a good cook, and I make home made bread and rolls all the time. But this is a sentimental request from my husband, and how can I possibly complain? Along with these we have bacon, scrambled eggs, orange juice, and eggnog. When I’m up do it, a make a big bowl of ambrosia, because it is one of my favorites. When we had a thriving Tangelo tree in our backyard, I always squeezed my own juice, but now we just buy big jug of Simply Natural OJ (I think that they make the BEST grapefruit juice – love it!)
Second, we have a son that was born on Christmas Eve. Until he moved out on his own, Christmas Eve wasn’t Christmas Eve, until he had cut his birthday cake, which was often made my his paternal grandmother. When the family started expanding, with sons and daughters in law…and then grand children, this became more important that ever. We would all meet together for a birthday party / Christmas Eve dinner. After we had our meal, Solo Man would cut his cake, and then Christmas festivities would begin. Each family member received an individual gift bag and each family got a gift bag.
This was a huge undertaking. It got to the point where we had to hold our celebrations at our church. I would wrap presents for weeks, and it took days to prepare the meal. With children, their spouses, grandchildren, grandparents and a few close friends, we usually had 30 to 45 people in attendance. Each year I had a different theme. One year it was Poinsettias, another it was Nativities, and yet another was Nutcrackers. Each table would have a fresh flower arrangement or a Nativity or Nutcrackers, as part of the centerpiece, and every family would get to take one home with them. If possible I would find gift bags and wrapping paper that matched the themes. We usually had Baked ham, Macaroni and Cheese, Dilled Green Beans, and Rolls. Dessert was Birthday Cake. Turkey was for Christmas Day:-) There was a low “kids table” for the little ones, and it would be set with fun plates, cups and utensils. I would have some PB&J sandwiches for the pickiest of eaters.
The other tradition that weathered the years, was putting toothbrushes in our kids Easter baskets.
What about you – any traditions that are near and dear to your heart?
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