Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Calling all traditions

Do you all have any good Christmas Eve traditions that you do? I am searching for one to start this year.
Every year for as long as I can remember we've done Christmas Eve with my mom's extended family. We used to do it over at my grandparents, but as they started to have a harder time taking care of their house, we started doing it alternating at my parents', my aunt and uncle's, or my cousin's. This year we are not doing Christmas Eve, because of everything going on with my grandpa and many other stressors in my cousin and aunt and uncle's lives. :( I am so massively bummed. My family does not do get-togethers. Luke's family gets together for almost every holiday under the sun, but my family never has. Christmas Eve has always been the one constant. We always had chili and veggie soup and opened presents from and to the extended family. We're doing the soup and chili and presents with my brother's family and my family and my parents the day after Christmas, but nothing on Christmas Eve.

So I want to start a Christmas Eve tradition with my own immediate family. I suspect this year off will turn into every year, for reasons I won't state in a public blog. And I don't think that we should always sit around and do nothing every other year when Zane isn't here (which is the case this year). So I want to do something. I just don't know what. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, or monumental, just something for Raegan to remember as she grows up. Because I have always loved Christmas Eve with my family.

What do you all do? Or, if you know of something someone else does that you think is neat, please share.


Just Passing Through said...

It has always been IMMENSELY important to me too (although I've dreaded the fight of the last few years to keep it going). My heart aches more than I can put into words over the changes that are happening and I'm sorry. We could still try, although most of the family just can't be there that evening.

Claire Emma Miller said...

I always make spaghetti and meatballs. I don't know where it started! On the years that Ashlyn is with us, we'll open family gifts on christmas eve after dinner. I think that's a tradition we'll continue with once the baby is born.