I love holiday traditions with my family. In Texas, my family has lots of little special traditions I looked forward to each year while growing up. We eat seafood gumbo, say a prayer before opening presents, watch White Christmas, and spend Christmas Eve at my Grandma’s with our extended family every year. When I became serious with Husband we began splitting holidays. At first, it was a big adjustment. I was sad to miss out on my Texas traditions, but I soon realized I was gaining a whole new set of family traditions! Now, I feel lucky to have two families to celebrate with each year.
The year is a Tennessee Christmas. (We swap holidays every year.) Husbands family also spends Christmas Eve at his Grandmothers. His extended family is much smaller than mine, but it is really nice to be able to have a close relationship with everyone.
One of their Christmas Eve traditions is to decorate the tree together.
Then, the whole family eats chicken cacciatore (and vegetarian cacciatore) together.
Once everyone is stuffed, we go home so Santa can fill the stocking at Grandma’s with goodies. I, of course, went to sleep watching White Christmas.
On Christmas morning, everyone goes back to Grandma’s for homemade crepes with fresh fruit, chocolate, and homemade whip cream.
The rest of the day is spent opening gifts, playing games, watching TV, eating all day, and spending lots of quality time together.
Christmas in Tennessee was wonderful, and I still have a few days left of vacation time! I am thoroughly enjoy the break, and the much needed extra sleep.