Post # 1
I love Christmas. My family isn’t very big, and I’m an only child, so the holidays were always very exciting for me. Everyone stayed over at my grandparents house. My aunt and I would get up at an absurd hour, let the dogs out and make coffee and scones downstairs. We’d put everything onto these serving trays and carry them upstairs, then sick the dogs on everyone to wake them up – how can you get mad at a dog? We’d all grab our very full stockings and go into my grandparents bedroom to open them – they had a king size bed and lots of chairs in their bedroom. Then we’d go make breakfast (bacon and eggs), which KILLED me as a kid because I just wanted to dive right into the presents under the tree. When breakfast was done (and the adults would drag it oooooonnnnn let me tell you), we’d go to the tree in the living room. My aunt and I would distribute gifts, and it was a bit of a big free for all. We were usually done opening gifts by like… 10am.
Then we’d go for a walk with the dogs, come home and nap before lunch.
What were your holiday traditions as a kid? How have they changed?
Post # 2
Then: Whoever woke up first got to wake everyone else up. It was usually me or my sister. My brothers are hard sleepers. Haha. Then we would all go wake up mom and dad. I do remember one year my parents woke us up. they were really excited that year. We would all get her by the tree and my dad would read out of the Bible the story of Jesus’ birth. Then dad would start handing out the presents. My mom placed them under the tree so that my dad would just have to go from one end to the other. We did our stockings at the end. After we were done at home we would get dressed and head to my Nana and Grandpa’s house for breakfast/brunch and family time and MORE presents. My nana would read the story of the wiseman and the three gifts that they brought Jesus. Then we would open presents.
we would do Christmas with my other set of grandparents the week after actual Christmas.
Now: It really depends on the year. Last year we did Christmas with my family, so tge day looked a lot like it did when I was growing up. Darling Husband and I started the day at our place instead of my parents’, but we headed straight to my grandparents house after we were ready.
This year were spending Christmas with DH’s family. His family doesn’t get together until early afternoon. So right now, the plan is that we will wake up, open our presents from each other, make breakfast (overnight cinnamon rolls), then get ready and go to his parents’ to spend time with them until it’s time to go to his grandparents’ house. There, we’ll eat a late lunch, clean up the table then go do presents.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
I used to LOVE our family Christmases as a kid. I’d sleep over at my grandparent’s the night before, and wake up early to open my stocking and bake cookies with gramma. My whole family would come over for the day and it was really great. When my Grandpa died that all stopped, and for years my parents, gramma and I would get together for dinner. One year we ended up at TGI Friday’s…that was bad.
Everything has changed now. Since I got serious with my now husband my parents and I always go to London to spend Christmas with his family. We eat out on Christmas Eve and then do the big dinner at his parent’s house. Boxing Day dinner the next night. This will be my 4thChristmas there and it is such happy new holiday experience 🙂
Post # 4
I kind of miss the old traditions, but like you ladies I also kind of love the new holiday experiences! New memories, right? 🙂