I’m linking up with Debbie’s Wednesday Word linkup today. Each week Debbie provides a word prompt for us to write about. This week’s word is tradition.
Naturally, I’m going to talk about my holiday traditions. I’ll start with Thanksgiving. We do the big family meal with the turkey and all of the fixings on Thanksgiving, and over the past several years it has become tradition that Barry and I host. Another tradition, one I have kept from my childhood, is to watch Home Alone on Thanksgiving sometime after dinner.
I celebrate Christmas, but unlike a lot of folks I don’t dive right in to Christmas after Thanksgiving. Growing up, we always had to wait until after December 6, my dad’s birthday, to put up decorations (so as not to overshadow his birthday). This is another tradition I’ve carried into my adulthood, even though my dad has told me I don’t have to. 🙂 Once we get past December 6, it’s time to decorate! We have an artificial tree, and lots of other indoor decorations that I put up, in addition to our outdoor lights.
Christmastime is the one time of year that I do a significant amount of baking. I have a signature cookie I make each year, which is gingerbread men. They take a lot of work but I enjoy doing them!
Last year I also made ‘Gingerdead Men’ using a cookie cutter my uncle gave me. They are probably the hardest cookie I’ve ever iced/decorated!
Another thing that takes a lot of work is wrapping Christmas gifts. I do most of my shopping well before December, and I like to take my time wrapping gifts. I’m not very crafty, but I do my best to make them look nice.
Along with wrapping Christmas gifts, I also spend time hand writing all of our Christmas cards. I’m very particular about which card I pick out each year, and then I like to write a brief personal note in each one to make them special.
Although we didn’t do it last year (because we totally missed the date) we have often taken Hank and Scout, our bloodhounds, to see Santa at the humane society. I think it’s hilarious to get their picture taken, and the money goes to a good cause. Hopefully we can get them out to see Santa this year!
One thing we did last year that I hope to do again this year is go see the Christmas trees at the Inn at Virginia Tech. They fill the hall with trees, for an event called Fashions for Evergreens. Each tree is decorated by a different group and has it’s own theme, and you can vote on your favorite.
Finally, one last tradition we have is to watch A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. I have several Christmas movies that I enjoy watching throughout December, but I always save this one for Christmas Eve. My dad and I love the movie, and Barry and my little sister tolerate it. I think I can almost quote the entire movie, though!
In general, our holiday celebrations center around time with family. This typically includes some traveling for us, but I don’t mind. Family and friends are important, and the holidays are a great chance to spend extra time together!
What are your holiday traditions?
If you celebrate Christmas, do you use an artificial tree or a real one?
What holiday traditions from your childhood have you carried into your adulthood?