12 Days of Book Blogmas Challenge – Holiday Traditions

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12 Days of Book Blogmas Challenge

Day 7


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Day seven of this fabulous Christmas challenge hosted by Parajunkee

Holiday Traditions


cookie-120pxWe don’t have much of a holiday tradition around my house any more. But when I was growing up as a small child, I was lucky enough to have both sets of my grandparents at my house on Christmas morning to be with me and my older brother when we got to see what Santa had brought up.

I should say that every Christmas Eve, we got to open one Christmas present, that was always new PJs, so that our Christmas pictures would be nice. Then on Christmas morning, we were not allowed out of our bedrooms until both sets of grandparents had arrived. Then both me and my brother got to come out and go through stockings and open all our presents.

christmaswrench-120pxLooking back on that time, I know that I was truly blessed to be surrounded by so much family. Knowing how so many families are separated either by divorce or just distance from grandparents, not to mention that grandparents have several sets of grandkids to get to. I was very fortunate. I lost my father and both of his parents when I was around 8 or 9 all within a year’s time. Christmas is one of the few memories that I have with all them. I was lucky enough to have my mom’s parents until they past just a few years ago. I still have my mom, who will be with me this Christmas, all the way from Alaska. We don’t do much in the way of gifts and celebration, but it is great to see some of my family.


All my “family” traditions stopped when I turned 18 and I moved to this country; I was the only one in my family that moved to USA.

rocket-120pxBack then every 24th of Dec. the whole family and I mean the WHOLE family (uncles, cousins, grandparents, parents) would get together to feast and exchange gifts. These parties were big; there would always be around 30+ people…I told you…The Whole family..LOL..And don’t let me forget to mention the insane amount of fireworks!

On the 25th, we would get up early in the morning and head to the beach…Yes, the 25th was a big party in every beach. The memories of this times are dear to me, and I’m glad I was the kind of kid that enjoy every moment…I just loved getting to see all my cousins that I hadn’t seen all year.

sinterclaus-120pxNow with my new family, a very small one (my husband and my daughter….We live faraway from the rest of our families) we have one tradition. To be honest, I don’t know how it became a tradition, but every year we find ourselves opening a really good bottle of wine and watching this TOTALLY AWESOME movie. And it gets funnier as the wine goes down..LOL – I don’t know if it’s the wine, but A Christmas Story  never gets old to us.

Loupe Duffy
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  1. Both of your childhood memories for Christmas sound amazing! I have such good memories of my Christmas from when I was younger, too – with grand-parents, aunts and uncles, my parents, then my little sister. It makes me all emotional to think about it!
    I hope you’ll both have a wonderful Christmas this year, too, Loupe and Melanie 🙂 *hugs*

  2. Our tradition pretty much consists of us going to my parents for dinner with my brothers and their families. Since the kids are older, we don’t do a lot. Kind of takes the excitement out of the holidays. Maybe we should make some new traditions!

    • The idea of Christmas does seem loose some of its luster as you grow older. It is a holiday great for children. All my favorite shows are the children shows too.

  3. The beach on Christmas, can’t beat that! My traditions as a child were very similar to yours, all family (including uncles, cousins, etc) would show up and we would have a huge party, dinner, and unwrapping on Christmas Eve and then we would go to my other grandparent’s on Christmas day. Loved reading these, made me smile! It’s definitely nostalgic to look back on those Christmases.

    • I hadn’t thought much about it before trying to think for something for this post. It was great going down memory lane.

    • Wasn’t it wonderful? Writing these memories did the same for me, and how wonderful is it to be lucky enough to have these kind of memories?
      Nice to see you Alise! I hope you have a beautiful Christmas!
      I haven’t been around coz our post have been a little naughty lately 😉

  4. We don’t have traditions at all at our house. There’s just the two of us. Normally we go to the home of one of my husband’s cousins. This year, however, we are going to go see my mom who is 86 and having some issues. I have consciously not spent the holiday with my family since 1998, the last year my father was alive. I was often ticked off, and have had a lot of bad holiday experiences with them, but also most of my family is religious and we are not.

    • Christmas was never really about religion in my family, more about spending time with family. I hope you have a good visit with your mother.

  5. Sounds so nice!! We had a few traditions growing up that I always looked forward too, but I haven’t really established any set ones with my own family. Seems like year-to-year something is always changing. But we spend it together, which is all that matters!

  6. I agree with you Melanie. Having your grandparents is something to treasure! I had that opportunity when I was young and my girls have that as well. Of course for me and my husband, having our parents around…well, it has its pros and cons. LOL But definitely during the holidays….treasure.

    Loupe, Beach party? That is awesome!!!! and yeah, we used to have the WHOLE family during Christmas. Not so much that we all have our own families. Now, it’s more intimate. Nothing wrong with that either.

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