Christmas Traditions

I love holiday traditions with my family. In Texas, my family has lots of little special traditions I looked forward to each year while growing up. We eat seafood gumbo, say a prayer before opening presents, watch White Christmas, and spend Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s with our extended family every year. When I became serious with Husband we began splitting holidays. At first, it was a big adjustment. I was sad to miss out on my Texas traditions, but I soon realized I was gaining a whole new set of family traditions! Now, I feel lucky to have two families to celebrate with each year.

The year is a Tennessee Christmas. (We swap holidays every year.) Husbands family also spends Christmas Eve at his Grandmothers. His extended family is much smaller than mine, but it is really nice to be able to have a close relationship with everyone.

Me and Zoey
Me and Zoey

One of their Christmas Eve traditions is to decorate the tree together.

Aww aren't they matchy and cute?
Aww aren’t they matchy and cute?
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Zoey has put the top on the tree every year since anyone can remember.

Then, the whole family eats chicken cacciatore (and vegetarian cacciatore) together.

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Once everyone is stuffed, we go home so Santa can fill the stocking at Grandma’s with goodies. I, of course, went to sleep watching White Christmas.

Best movie ever.
Best movie ever.

On Christmas morning, everyone goes back to Grandma’s for homemade crepes with fresh fruit, chocolate, and homemade whip cream.

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The rest of the day is spent opening gifts, playing games, watching TV, eating all day, and spending lots of quality time together.

Some of Grandma's handmade stockings.
Some of Grandma’s handmade stockings.
We found the old Sega game and started a tournament!
We found the old Sega game and started a tournament!

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Mom-in-laws modern doll house gift from us.
Mom-in-laws modern doll house gift from us.
We had a nice fire going too.
We had a nice fire going too.

Christmas in Tennessee was wonderful, and I still have a few days left of vacation time! I am thoroughly enjoy the break, and the much needed extra sleep.

And the cuddle time with the cats.
And the cuddle time with the cats.

Cheers!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Traditions”

  1. Looks like another great Christmas. Can’t wait to spend it with you next year. Btw.. you and Zoey look beautiful in that pic but y’all always do 🙂

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