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doing something different every year

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All the traditions from when I was growing up are gone since my parents and all the friends when I was growing up are gone and all the extended family live in other states. Since a couple years after I had cancer I have been included in my friend's family celebrations. We have Christmas Eve with a buffet lunch/dinner and open presents there since part of the family will be celebrating with their other side of the family on Christmas Day. Then Christmas Day starts at about the same time either at the same house or the sister's house. This year was at one house one day and the other the next. Christmas is also a buffet lunch/dinner and usually movies. Change in dinner was the clam chowder Christmas Eve and smoked turkey Christmas day. I usually go searching for something I can manage for the Christmas presents to give out because I enjoy doing that.

Around 5:30 we all head out for Christmas Eve service. I missed that this year because the services were at different times than I thought they were. The one my friend goes to (church I sometimes go to) has too loud of music and hurts my ears on Christmas Eve, so I wanted to go someplace quieter. I fell asleep before the services came on TV. Wish I hadn't missed the services because I have always made those part of my Christmas eve.



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We celebrate as a private family on Christmas Eve. (used to be my mother's side, which I miss, but this was the only way we could guarantee there would be no arguments or tension.)

We usually go to our Christmas Eve church service.

We choose a certain meal for that year's party. (meatball subs, regular subs, taco ring...etc.)
We let the kids open ONE gift, and often the kids take that opportunity to pass out their own gifts.
We buy one or two games that we can play that night.

We watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Then once the kids head off to bed, Hubby and I finish any last minute wrapping, filling individual stockings or gift bags of treats and putting the presents around the tree.

Christmas Day: I make hot cocoa and Sweet Buns for breakfast. It bakes while we open our gifts.
For the mid-day meal we head to Hubby's mother's house and spend the whole day.
Usually my parents call us and wish us a happy day. They are not with us this year, so I sent out messages via text to all my sisters and some other family.

At Hubby's family, we tease Granny for being late with the meal, we wander in and out of the kitchen snacking from the cheese and cracker plate.
Then we eat the meal, and whoever is stuck in the furthest corner of the dining room, asks someone ELSE to re-fill their plate.

After good conversation, we move down in the family room and Granny passes out gifts, which are NEVER EVER a surprise because she always asks for a list of what we want.
Then some of us nap.
Then we have dessert.
And visit some more.


New Years Eve: We used to go to a church that had a very cool and fun party, but we don't attend there anymore. So we stay home and we have my Sis #5's 2 children come over to 'party' with us. Last year my OTHER sister's kids came, too.
At mid-night, we go out on the front porch banging anything metal we can find-pots and pans with metal spoons and scream HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
One year we heard someone call it back to us. Have NOOO idea who they were. lol But it was fun.
On NEW YEAR'S DAY: We celebrate Christmas with MY side of the family: mom, dad, sisters and our families.Which has grown to about 50 people, but 3 have passed away now: my second sister and my mom and dad.
We all bring food and line it up on the kitchen counters. Mom always had an eclectic collection of WillowWare plates and we would use those. She also had an eclectic collection of stemmed glasses. She strung beads on wire and spelled out our names and wrapped it around the stem, so we could each have our own glass.
Then we crowded into the living room around the tree and Mom would pass out the gifts. $20 gifts to the grandkids and $10 to the great grand kids. (eventually I became the shopper for those!)
Then we would stay and play Scrabble and Blokus 'til the cows came home'.
If Mom and Dad grew too tired, they'd go to bed and tell us to clean up and lock up on our way out.
Dad, who can't hear in the crowds very well, would slip off down to his jam cellar/man-cave and watch his games on tv.

Now that they are gone, we will go to Sis #1's house for the celebration.

So our Christmas is spread out over a couple of weeks and we all really enjoy doing it that way.
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12/25/17 2:11 P

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We did when the kids were small and our Mother's living (after Fathers passing) But, each of our kids when different directions in work and interests and some moved away. Then we moved away from all!

So we (DH and I) are in contact over email, phone, skype, alexa (this year) and other new fangled methods we have to learn to communicate again. All in fun and still close but no traditions.

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12/25/17 1:07 P

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None long standing, but in recent years we always visit my DS for a family gathering and gift exchange.

Merry Christmas!

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We are in the process of making new ones.

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

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Our only tradition is a family meal and gift exchange. These last 3 years, since our move to Oregon, have been about creating all new ones, and it's still a work in progress.

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Merry Christmas! Do you have special Christmas traditions? If so, would you care to share them with us?



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