Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Traditions

This is my first Christmas in nine years without a deadline hanging over my head so I have decided to embrace the season and enjoy it. I don't think I ever realized before how many things have become tradition with our family.

The weekend before Thanksgiving we start decorating. We have to in order to have everything done by the first Sunday in December. This is the day I have my annual ornament swap with my girlfriends. I started it in 1997 because I wanted us to do something without our kids since our lives seemed to revolve around their functions. Now our kids are mostly grown and moved on yet we still get together this first Sunday in Dec and catch up and have a blast. For some of us, this is the only time we see each other all year. Still we come together, I hope we're still doing it when we're all old and gray. We've even brought in the next generation with daughters and daughter-in-laws.

When I get to the point in December when my work is done, the shopping and wrapping under control and I feel like I can draw a breath, I sit down and watch White Christmas. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I can pretty much recite it line by line since I've probably seen it over 50 times in my life. When I was little I wanted to be Vera Ellen. Actually I still want to be her. Have you seen her waist? And her legs? My guys sure do like to talk about her. They also like to rewrite the songs. Their tradition is to sing the Sisters song and insert the line, Sharing, Caring, Even the underwear that we are wearing. Yeah, got to love the traditions.

We open our presents on Christmas Morning after breakfast. We attend our church's Love Feast on Christmas Eve. All the men in my family cook a huge country breakfast the morning after Christmas when we have our family get together. We open presents from the youngest to the oldest and take turns so everyone can see what you got. And every year, our kitty climbs the Christmas tree. I'm sure these traditions will change as my son's get married and have children. We'll figure something out. But one thing for sure, I will still watch White Christmas every year.

I'd love to hear your Christmas traditions. And here's wishing each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.


librarypat December 20, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

White Christmas is one of our family's favorite Christmas movie. I was looking for it to watch Friday. I have a feeling it is at one of our daughter's house. Meant to ask her today and get it back.
We usually have a big Christmas dinner Christmas afternoon with the kids and their families. We have had to change that the past few years. Our oldest daughter married an only child and his parents don't understand sharing. They expect him to be there for every holiday. At Christmas they have both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day family get together. She has offered to come over alone, but it is a time for families to be together, so we usually celebrate on a different day. This year the weather will be keeping us apart since we live on opposite sides of the mountains and this storm has made travel questionable.

Gerri Russell December 21, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

We just watched White Christmas this weekend...and the Sisters song is ~still~ stuck in my head!

Cindy, glad to hear you are truly enjoying the holiday this year, no deadlines included.

Merry Christmas!

Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner December 21, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

I envy you for two reasons: No deadlines and men cooking breakfast for you!

My dh and I started a Christmas tradition of watching Love, Actually on the night of Christmas Day. A funny, warm movie with lots of bawdy humor (plus Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, and Liam Neeson--what's not to love?)

Bonnie Vanak December 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

Great post Emily!

Jennifer, DH and I adore that movie, it's a holiday fav. as well

Cindy Holby December 21, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

Hey Bonnie, Cindy made the post, not Emily. No more eggnog for you.. I love knowing what every one's traditions are.

librarypat, I feel for you. I know my day is coming soon when I will have to share my boys. Luckily the oldest's gf family is about 45 minutes away. He's already spending Christmas eve there and coming over Christmas morning. But its not to see his parents, Its his grandparents.

I haven't watched Love Actually in while. I need to put it on my netflix list.

Gerri, I see you're in Scotland. Now that's a tradition I wouldn't mind starting.

Merry Christmas everyone

Cindy Holby

Gerri Russell

Joy Nash

Bonnie Vanak

Emily Bryan

C.L. Wilson

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