Today I am grateful for Christmas traditions that we had when our children were younger.
I thought I would stick with the Christmas theme as I have some wonderful pictures of all the cousins together when they were all little. The other day I explained a bit about the traditions when I was little, but today I will tell of me and my siblings traditions with our children. This picture is one of several of all the kids through the years and this one is the year Zachary was born in 2001. I have 5 children and my sister has 2 and my brother 3 which makes for a noisy holiday, but fun!
We always went to my Dad’s for Christmas breakfast and then my Mom’s for the afternoon to open gifts and have a buffet lunch. My mom’s house is also small so it reminded me of going to my Mummu’s house too. The kids would be so excited to see each other as it was hard to get everyone together as often as they were growing up and also a variety of age ranges. They would play games and eat all the snacks and would ask us every 2 minutes when the unwrapping would commence. Sometimes it was fun to make them wait and keep teasing them, but dinner was always first and then it was easier to get them to help cleanup too.
Once the gift giving began the wrapping paper would be flying and it was hard to keep track of who got what, but there was always excited screams of delight and oooh’s and aaaah’s. My mother is a very thoughtful gift giver and she never ceased to amaze me with the perfect gifts for each grandchild and she still gives gifts to us kids too. I bet it took her hours to wrap and it was over it what seemed like seconds. I know the kids appreciated the gifts they got from her and from everyone else too. After that presents were all opened and all cleaned up then the desserts would be brought out. There usually was a fire going in the wood stove and without the coffee we all would have been sleeping. The kids ate their favorites and the grownups would finally get to sit and visit too.
Over the years our traditions have had to change and we’ve had breakfast now at my sister’s and then all the family over to my house for dinner and gift exchanging. This would include my husband’s family too so there were always lots of us having a wonderful time. Now that almost all of our children are graduated, are married and/or have girlfriends and boyfriends, we’ve had to make adjustments and we just go with what works. This past year I had breakfast at my house with just a couple of my kids and my parents. It was fun for me to set out a table with my best plates and plan a menu. I hope we can do it again next year with whoever can come.
Love is always in the air and we are sure to make the best of the times we have together. It’s not about the gifts anymore as much as it is about being together and sharing laughter and good times.