Hello Friday ! I can not believe it is Christmas next week, where did the year go ? How was your week ? I travelled for 2 days and work is a bit intense, but that’s typical, especially this time of the year ! I am on vacation as of tonight, so I can not complain.
For this week’s Friday Five, the theme is Holiday Traditions. GREAT THEME !
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I love this time of the year and love the fact that we have so many traditions as a family. It is important for family bonding, for kids and makes for great stories. Here are just a few of my favorites :
1. Favorite tradition as a child in the US : my parents would group the presents by child and one by one we would open our gifts, each one had his turn. This made the pleasure and fun last, taught us to be patient and also think about others, not just rip our presents open and be done in 5 minutes. I don’t see my brothers nearly as much today because we live really far apart, but still love them dearly !
2. Favorite Christmas story : every Christmas we talk about one particularly SPECIAL Christmas. My parents got us a really big present, for the three of us. They talked about it for weeks. We couldn’t figure out what it was but boy was there excitement around that year’s ” special gift”. On Christmas morning there was a BIG box under the tree… how exciting. For the life of us, we had no idea what was in that box, which made it even more intriguing.
So we opened it.
Our parents got us a box of encyclopedias. (of course I look back now and it is one of the best presents they every gave us, but it didn’t seem like it when you were 10 years old).
3. Favorite tradition with my kids : We watch the Polar Express.
4. Favorite tradition with my kids / husband : putting the tree and navity up the first weekend in December and taking it down the first weakend in January. We love enjoying them for the whole month.
5. Favorite tradition with my husband’s family : there are over 20 of us (four siblings, each with 2 to 4 kids) and despite many of the kids / cousins being in their 20s, we all get together for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and usually have the same meal every year. That is also the time when we take pictures of the kids… I love looking back to see how they have grown.
I love this time of the year, and the fact that presents have become a much more minor part of the holidays, and spending time with family, cooking, and just being together has taken the front seat.
Did you receive any surprise presents as a child that you loved or didn’t love ?