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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions…

50 degrees - 9:44 pm - windy...

My family has always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve.  When I was little, we had a group of 14 and we would have a progressive dinner every year.  We would start out at one house for appetizers, then go to the second house for dinner.  The third house was dessert and at the fourth house we got to open presents.

We have all grown up, gotten married, and now have kids of our own.  Our little group of 14 has grown to a group of 28 – spreading over four generations.  We have since simplified Christmas Eve while trying to keep the important things – everyone getting together.  One night, one house, 28 people.  Good food, good conversations, and a wrapping paper war (this year included a snowball fight).

Caitlyn and Jack with their cousins

snowballs for the indoor snowball fight
(lovingly made by my mom and my aunt)

Tony and I have lucked out in the fact that we get to spend Christmas with both of our families.

His family has always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day.  Everyone gathers at his parent’s house and we all hang out for the whole day, eating, talking, watching movies, and playing games.

One day of Christmas fun is done and over.  The kids have said their goodbyes to Red the Elf, since he will be going home to the North Pole tonight.  Peanut Butter Corn Flakes and a bottle of water have been set out for Santa.  The kids are all tucked in their beds, although Caitlyn keeps coming out to see if Santa has come yet.  And I am off to get everything ready so we can get up and go tomorrow morning for one more day of Christmas fun.

Peanut Butter Corn Flakes and a bottle of water for Santa.  --- Caitlyn said
that a glass of milk would get warm to quickly so a bottle of water was better.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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