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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Christmas of Dreams Blog Party - Day #2


It's Day #2 of the Christmas of Dreams blog party over at Mom Dot. If you haven't checked it out yet, head over there. There are some great prizes to be given away and lots of fun people to party with! Today's sponsors are: LaPlates, Lets Go Strolling and Natity's Design

Today's Question is:

Traditions, what are some of your favorite family traditions? What are some that you want to begin?

As a child we were always home with mom and dad for Christmas and New Year's. A few times we would visit Grandma and Grandpa in North Dakota, but the majority of the time it was just our small family. I liked that. We would go to early church on Christmas morning and then come home and open gifts. Mom would always make a delicious tea ring, filled with cinnamon and sugar, sort of like a giant cinnamon roll. After the gifts mom would usually start preparing an early Christmas dinner which was usually ham. I loved to help in the kitchen. My job was usually to peel and mash potatoes, make the gravy and set the table. Of course clean up was always part of my chores too :). But I loved that we didn't go anywhere, that we could just have a lazy day at home.

Now that I'm older and I have a family of my own, we tend to do the same thing. Even before my son came along it was always usually my husband and I. We typically visit my in-laws at Thanksgiving, and that is usually the entire clan on my husband's side. Since my folk's have both passed away it is usually my husband's family that we visit, and that is fine with me. Sometimes my sister-in-law (who I love dearly) will come down and visit us for Christmas and that is always fun too. But generally we like to have a more low key Christmas. That means more cookies and treats for us!! HA!

22 comments:

Jen said...

I made Christmas dinner on Christmas day only once and decided never again. I missed out on all the fun that morning with the new things because I was stewing over dinner. now I have a Christmas Eve dinner and leftovers all day on Christmas!

Jen
http://www.100DaystoChristmas.com

ccswch said...

Sounds like your childhood Christmases were wonderful, but the low key celebration sounds wonderful!

nanja said...

Yes our traditions seem to change especially with the passing of parents

Melissa said...

I've never heard of a tea ring.. but would love to hear more!

Joanne said...

More cookies and treats always rock!

Julie@Cool Mom Guide said...

My BFF is from Nebraska. I know I shouldn't assume everyone knows each other. I"m from Syracuse NY and if someone knows someone from there they assume we're related. Anyway, sounds like a nice low key season you get to have! Here's My Day 2!

Sarah said...

Can you please teach me how to make gravy? It's one lump or two at our house and my hubby would love for that to change!

Momstart said...

I'm for low key all around, after having four families in two days growing up, low key for us.

3 Kids and Us said...

The tea ring sounds yummy!

Tena said...

Low key rocks!
I can't make gracy, I always opena jar!! OPPS!

Miss Blondie said...

I like the idea of having a low-key holiday. It makes it seem more personal.

Staci said...

I'd love a low-key holiday. We get so overwhelmed that the day itself seems to be over before we've actually been able to enjoy it.

blueviolet said...

I like the sounds of the giant tea ring your mom made!

Jenni Jiggety said...

The tea ring made my mouth water...

Melissa said...

Soun and relaxing!

CompleteLee Blogger said...

Fixing Christmas dinners sure goes more smoothly when everyone has a job, huh?! I used to be in charge of the homemade cranberry sauce.

Tracye said...

I like low-key Christmases!

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

North Dakota in December. That must have been a fun drive if the weather was right.

The Party of Five said...

I love staying home for Christmas. I think that all the presents and candy can be a bit overwhelming. Why throw in a big crowd?

Blessings Abound said...

That's neat you carried on your family's tradition into your own.:)

Lilith Silvermane said...

That sounds like a wonderfully relaxed holiday!

Sometimes too much family can make things difficult!

Rita @ My Precious Pennies said...

Last year we had a lazy day at home...and it was the best.