It’s just a week before Christmas and the traditions are starting to pop up. My family has so many of them, many which have waned over the years, but we still hang on to some.
For starters, despite my mother’s objections, we still have a real tree. Every year. If we don’t my sister tears up and it becomes a problem. So every year, up goes the real tree, with it’s 1200-1500 lights and dozens upon dozens of lights. The strands are woven in and out of each branch, hiding their green wires among the green needles until the whole tree tinkles.
Then the ornaments go on. My mother hands them out and scolds that you’re putting them too close together, not far enough in-tree to make the lights reflect off of them, or that the heavy ones aren’t close to the bottom.
Next come to homemade ones. I’m 28, so there are 28 years worth of glittery things attached to decaying pieces of ribbons. There are Baby’s First Christmas and personalized ornaments for each one of use. My mom sets those aside so that we can each put our own up. And God HELP you if you put someone elses up.
The garland is the final addition, but since my mother has become a fur-momma to 3 crazy cats, the garland usually lasts around 3 minutes, or until we all turn our backs.
The finished tree in all it’s glory
Another one of my favorite traditions is our Christmas Eve dinner. When we were younger we would go to my Gram’s and eat until we popped. Christmas Day we would go to my Grandparents which was a much more subdued event. Italians verses the Irish I suppose. As we’ve grown, it has become our own tradition to make a crap load of sea food and eat until we pop in the comfort of our own home. The menu includes:
- Shrimp Scampi
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Baked Flounder
- Bacon Wrapped Scallops
- New this year Fried Calamari
- Alaskan King Crab Legs
And that would be my adorable sister, digging into her crablegs with a trauma sheer. Because a crab cracker would just slow her down.
What are your favorite holiday traditions?