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Holiday Traditions: A&I WK 4 Candy Canes

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

My assignment: Write about your family’s Christmas traditions or about your best Christmas.

My DH and I celebrate Christmas, as does my DD and about half my extended family. The rest of my family follow other faith traditions and I enjoy having that many more holidays to celebrate.

One of our holiday traditions involves having a Christmas tree, but we put it up during Advent and don’t wait for Christmas to come as some families do. For a few years when I had a house with a yard, we got live trees we planted after the holidays. Now I get a small cut tree, about 4 feet tall, which I set up on a small side table in my apartment. I love the aroma of the fresh fir. I have many ornaments from my own childhood as well as from when my own children were small. This year I bought a new one to remember our two visits to Sequoia National Park.

Another tradition, probably my favorite, is having lights. I decorate with lights as soon as I feel like I can get away with it. For some reason I find them so cheerful in the evenings as the darkness comes earlier.

I have reinstated some of the Scottish food traditions from my mother’s family. We always have oyster stew on Christmas Eve. I always roast a leg of lamb for Christmas (one of only two times a year I eat red meat--Easter is the other). For Christmas morning breakfast, I’ve begun my own tradition of a very rich baked french toast (much like a bread pudding).

Over many years, I spent the weekend following Thanksgiving making Christmas puddings. When my work began to get overwhelming a few years ago, I gave that up, as the stress and time and complication of carrying it out just was not worth it. I still have one pudding left that we may eat for New Year’s Eve. For Christmas this year, I made a simple boysenberry pie. I might revive this tradition after I retire.
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  • BLUEFISH1881
    The lights are my favorite part of Christmas too...I get them up the day after Thanksgiving.
    1849 days ago
    I like the idea of planting a tree for Christmas. We have around 13 acres of property that is covered in trees but perhaps we could find a place to plant one. It's been a long time since we've had a live tree. I do love the smell of a live tree. The baked french toast sounds yummy! Sometimes we have to forego some of our traditions because of lack of time and energy. I hope that when you retire you'll be able to reinstate some of your past traditions.

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    1850 days ago
    What wonderful traditions! After you retire? Ummm ... if you're anything like me you'll be busier in retirement than you were while working. You might want to schedule in your Christmas puddings in advance emoticon emoticon

    Here's to a happy, wonderful 2013 emoticon
    1850 days ago
    I like your traditions! I didn't know how much I liked lights in my house until my housemate put some around a plant last week:)
    Happy New Year!
    1850 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful time!

    Any yummy treats...French toast mmmm
    1851 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    What wonderful traditions you have. I think it is great that you are willing to give up traditions when they become a chore. Resurrecting them after retirement sounds like a great plan. emoticon emoticon
    1851 days ago
  • JENAE954
    Traditions create such wonderful memories.
    1851 days ago
    What nice traditions you have had over the years. It's nice to change them as we need to though. I miss having live trees - couldn't handle them anymore due to our allergies. One year we got a balled tree and planted it but it died (that was the first and only year we did that!) We changed to a 4.5 foot artificial tree on a table this year...I am liking the idea of downsizing!
    1851 days ago
    Loved reading about your traditions :) Merry Christmas!
    1851 days ago
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