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Unread 12-17-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Holiday Traditions

It's that time of year again!!
I like hearing about all the different ways people celebrate the Holidays.


What holidays do you celebrate and how do you celebrate them?
Do you celebrate any?
What are some of your family's traditions?

We celebrate Christmas in a non-religious way. We used to have this huge family party, with aunts and uncles, loud music and tons of food but that has died down the past few years...as no one really gets along anymore.


Now, we just do something small. My mom, sister, brother in-law and I head to the cottage for a couple days and spend time together. Turkey used to be the meal but this year we are going to have Fondue, which is pretty exciting. Less fuss and dishes for me to wash after.

I'm a bit of a grinch this year...must be because I can't spend xmas with the one person I want to spend it with the most. But I'm being tough and well it's almost over. hehe
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Unread 12-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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I have a large family, so our holiday traditions vary from year to year based on who can attend. Our one standing tradition is the Christmas Eve service at my grandparent's church with those who are in town.
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Unread 12-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #3
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My Christmas has expanded over the years, and I would say for the better.

A couple of days before Christmas, we have a Christmas celebration with my husband's ex-wifes family (yes, you read that correctly). We do some sort of "white elephant" party, which is fun. It is a big family (she was one of 6 girls), so there are lots of kids, and it is fun watching them open their gifts. She also is Peruvian, so it is not a traditional American Christmas dinner.

We do our small family (my husband and his two kids) Christmas on Christmas eve, go to church, and then the kids go to their mom's house.

On Christmas day, we go to my mom's house and spend the day there. She also was one of five kids, so it is a big celebration. We only do a name exhcange, so you only have to shop for one person, which makes the gift buying easier and more thoughtful. We all bring a dish, so it makes it easier than having to cook a whole meal.

Most of my husbands family lives far away, so we usually don't get tother with them until between Christmas and New Years.

We then extend the celebration into January by visiting with my dad's family. My dad works for Wal-Mart, so he can never get off much during Christmas. No one likes to cook, so we usually go out, so we can try different restaurants each year.

It is a busy time, but its a little spread out, so you don't feel so rushed.

Whatver your plans, I hope everyone stays safe and happy!

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Unread 12-18-2012, 10:43 AM   #4
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Between me moving to Nashville 7 years ago, my parents moving here 4.5 years ago, meeting my husband and then getting married, our Christmas traditions have changed quite a bit recently. One thing that we've done since my parents moved here is to visit the Opryland Hotel on Christmas Eve. They have a rather impressive and beautiful light display inside and out. Last year, we added my then boyfriend/now husband to that tradition.

This year, we will go to our church's Christmas Eve service at 3:30, then go out to eat, then head over to the Opryland. After that, we'll head back to my parents' house to watch "Christmas Vacation", have snacks and hot, spiced wine that I make in the Crock Pot.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 03:38 AM   #5
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On Christmas Eve I go over to my grandparents' house (my dad's side), then on Christmas Day I go over to either my aunt's, uncle's or my parent's house to celebrate with my mom's side. This year is different though. My parents are fighting, so my mom is going to Florida for Christmas since her parents live there and my mom thinks this will be my grandma's last Christmas. Also this year my dad's parents are selling their house so we are actually going over to my aunt's house. Then my mom's brother bailed on hosting Christmas this year, so I am thinking of hosting in my tiny apartment. We'll see.
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I will spend christmas only with my mother. A lot of good things to eat and a peaceful, silent time.

I sent self designed christmas cards and presents to my friends and hope they enjoy them.
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Robin

I would very much like your recipe for spiced wine! Feel free to post here or send via FB.

Thanks!

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Unread 12-19-2012, 04:49 PM   #8
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There are several ways to make it and you can do either white or red. Sometimes we do it from scratch and other times we use mixes (such as Aspen Mulling Spices). I do one 1.5 liter bottle of wine, 1/2 bottle of apple juice (for white) or cranberry juice (for red) and 2 small cartons of mix.

If you're going from scratch, use 3-4 cinnamon sticks (let them float in the liquid) and a few cloves and a star anise secured in a tea ball or cheese cloth. I also like to cut fresh orange slices and let them float in it. The slow-cooker (Crock Pot) is great for this but you can also do it on the stove over very low heat.
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