Thursday, December 15, 2011
As we were growing up, the holidays were a big deal. We are a family of practicing Catholics so our number one tradition was mass either on Christmas Eve or Day. I grew up in a small rural town so luckily for us Christmas Eve was usually around 7-9 pm. We would then head home so mom and dad could get the turkey preparations under way. One of my favorite memories to this day is the smell of the dressing mix mom would make from scratch. YUM!
On Christmas morning, we would wake up to our Santa stockings full of candy, nuts, oranges, and of course some fun toys. My grandparents would make their way to our farm for Christmas dinner. Once that was done and somewhat cleaned up, it was time for the presents. The remainder of the day was spent playing cards, board games, and visiting.
Now that we are all older with families of our own, the celebration usually happens when the majority of us can be together. New Years is a big deal for my mom as well. She is from England and the New Year is a huge party. New Year's Eve was spent at friend's places. There were/are 2 families at home that are very close to mine. Our 3 families would rotate on a yearly basis.
As far as what my family is doing, that is yet to be determined. Now that are kids are getting older, it is fun to start some of those little traditions. We put up a tree, set out the nativity set, and light our Advent Wreath as we sit down for our supper every night.