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12/24/08 10:12 A

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Meri, I enjoyed yours very much. God Bless you and Merry Christmas.

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12/24/08 8:36 A

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What a sweet thread! I have NO time to sit here writing this, but I shall anyway!

When growing up, we lived next door to my maternal grandparents. Mom was an only child so they adored the 5 of us girls and Grandma, in her proper way, always had the holiday dinners to make it easier on Mom. We put our tree up Christmas Eve and then went to midnight mass. Christmas mornings we opened gifts which always included pajamas and a dress from Grandma. Then there was Pop (Grandfather)! He was a character all to himself. He would surface with unwrapped gifts from the garage - skis, skates, sleds... you name it! Those great things kids dreamed of back in the '50's! It's not like that any more, eh?

As we grew up and started our own lives and families, we gathered the weekend between Christmas and New Years. Now Dad is gone and Mom is healthy but with dementia and lives with one of my sisters. We gather there in a type of "open house breakfast" which my sister started as one of her traditions years ago. It is touch and go - sometimes we stay a while and other years we miss each other!

As my own girls grew up, we opened presents Christmas Eve so they had all day Christmas to play. Going to church Christmas Eve remained and our local church has a candlelight service which has a long list of memories (some VERY funny too!!).

When we ended up empty nesters, we did as life dealt us including driving 1200 miles one way to spend a week or so with them (for a while all were in Nebraska when we were in NY). Now that my husband has passed, my girls have fretted over me and Christmas. Traditions have given way to what the current year brings us. Last year I spent in the MidWest. This year is very special since, for the first time in many years, the house has a 5 year old - my oldest daughter and her youngest are staying with me and what a time... all the kindergarten drawings and ornaments that I totally forgot about are now reincarnated into another generation of Christmas joys! The candlelight service is on for tonight though and another daughter and family will join us. Last night and part of today will be (or was) spent visiting and gift/goodie delivery locally.

Guess I rambled and doubt anyone reading this will enjoy it as much as I have treasured remembering...

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you and hug those you love for this cyber-buddy, ok?

~Meri~

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12/23/08 10:17 P

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When I was little my Grandparents would either come to our house or we would go to theirs. Both sets of grandparents lived in the same town, one set we stayed with the other set didn't like us because I was so sick. I was being seen by a baby doctor, they didn't believe in baby doctors. The doctors kept telling my Grandparents and parents make this her best Christmas because it will be her last, so we got everything we wanted times three. Each one of us got doll furniture, walking dolls, they bought three of the same game, so my two sisters wouldn't cry over something that was mine.

When I got married his family caused trouble and after our first child was born my family caused trouble. We than started our own traditions based on what each family had done. His family followed the Catholic traditions and mine I have already mentioned. We got a train set and and other things to put under the tree instead of the presents. Then on Christmas Eve Santa Clause would bring all the presents, some were wrapped some were in a Santa sack, and some were unwrapped. The year Jimmy was born I stayed up until 2 or 3 AM finishing Mary's Christmas dress. When we went to bed she was awake listening for Santa, thinking he would not come because we were up. When she got up about 7 AM, she screamed Santa did come and she ran into the crib and woke her brother up yelling at him "I got an ice cream doll and you got one too." I did not take the kids trick or treating, the church had a All Saints Day Eve party, the kids dressed up as animals or people from the Bible. Of course Mary wanted to be Mary the mother of Jesus all the time, I made her a white robe and then bought her Christmas dress material for a head covering. When the costume contest was over and before she ate anything I would fold the material up and she did not wear it anymore. Than I would make her dress for Christmas, I bought Jimmy a new suit for Christmas, pants, shirt, vest, coat, and tie.

When Mary was about 5 we started getting together a book of recipes for each of the holidays. For Christmas Eve we made a hamburger casserole and Grandma's fruitcake, for Christmas breakfast we make a breakfast casserole from my Dad's family, for Christmas dinner we had ham, green bean casserole, scalloped corn, and a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. Then on New Year's Day we had a lunchmeat tray, a cheese tray, and a fruit tray. We could then munch on food all day watching parades and football games. Then on January 6th we would have Cornish Game Hens and a ring cake. January 6th is when we took down the all the Christms decorations, and we had to have all the candles burned that day before we went to bed. That is all I remember about the food. My family got everything in 1994, the kids taken away, took my husband to a divorce lawyer and paid for the divorce, then they got everything we had every owned. That year I didn't even decorate for Christmas.

Today I have every room decorated from top to bottom, a little tree decorated to the nines, a stuffed Christmas bear collection that has grown into other stuffed animals, and a singing, movable toy collection. We do not wrap our present, since my kids are not around. When they come back I will see how we will do Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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12/23/08 9:54 P

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Mema, your childhood Christmas is much like mine was. We opened our gifts Christmas eve and got up real early to drive 2 hours to my Moms house. This is where my cousins and all my aunt and uncles gathered for breakfast and more gift opening. Then onto my Dad's parents where it was much quieter, nice but no other kids to play with.

Now we live 1100 miles from any family so our traditions have changed. We got to Christmas eve service and then drive around looking at all the lights. When the kids go to sleep we take down all the gifts and put them around the tree for a big bang Christmas morning. We open stockings first then have breakfast and open the presents. We have prime rib for dinner. This year we are going to do something different, we are going to go to the show and see Bedtime Stories. Should be a fun day.

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12/23/08 9:20 P

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I loved Christmas growing up. We'd get to open one gift before going to bed Christmas Eve...usually pajamas. Christmas morning we'd see what Santa brought and open the rest of our gifts. After breakfast, we'd get dressed for the trip to my grandparent's house. They only lived an hour and a half away. This was my mom's parents. All my cousins would be there, and there were a bunch of us! After stuffing ourselves on delicious turkey and all the fixings, we'd open more gifts. We stayed until after dark. It was a sleepy ride home.
We left our gifts under the tree for a couple of days, not wanting the magic to disappear.

When I got married and saw the traditions my husband's family had, I was disappointed. He didn't have cousins and all the mayhem that comes with them.

After our own girls came along, we developed our own traditions. There were cousins for them to mess around with and the joy was back. If the girls woke up at 2 a.m. Christmas morning, that's when we'd get up and gather around the tree and see what Santa brought.

Now that we're 'empty nesters', Christmas is kind of quiet. We have one grandson who has no first cousins, but has my sister's grandkids to play with. I'm struggling to find Christmas Spirit, actually, to find something to look forward to Christmas Day. My husband and I are spending the day with his mom. We'll most likely see our daughters, as well, but it's not the same. I'm not opposed to change. I know it is inevitable. But I haven't found my groove yet when it comes to Christmas. I'm sure I will eventually.



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12/23/08 8:45 P

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Recently our Christmas tradition became my son and his family stay with us for Christmas eve then in the morning we get to see the grandkids open their gifts, Nothing like Christmas with kids in the house. emoticon

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12/23/08 8:25 P

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When my boys were young we had Christmas around the world. Each year they would pick a country and we'd go to the library and study how they had Christmas. We made up extra food for the neighbors. I now live a 1000 miles away,but,I still bake things for my neighbors. This year I made cream of banana pie and my pasta bake. I'm all done and am very tired. Merry Christmas to all. emoticon

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When my daughter was around 10 I made a variation of a recipe that I had found. It is a sort of nacho bake but as I said, with some variations. We would have it several times a year and began having it on Christmas day after I would pick her up from her Mom. I didn't relize at the time that this had started a tradition until one year I asked her the weekend before Christmas what she wanted to eat for Christmas at my place. Her rsponse still brings a tear "Well, DUH, Dad's nachos!"
The recipe can be found in the Spark recipes in the snacks section.
My wife and I have started new traditions of our own since we married 4 years ago including me making chili the week of Christams. We make different kinds of cheese soup each Christams Eve. Last year I made beer cheese, this year is her turn.

After that we drive the area looking at lights.
BTW Our house won second place for our neighborhood this year :)

Dad's nachos are still served Christmas day.

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12/23/08 6:24 P

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I think it is always fun to hear about other peoples traditions during the holidays. It can be now or when you were growing up. Special meals, decorations whatever.

Let us know how you are going to spend the holidays. emoticon

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