Holiday Traditions?!

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tysmyboo
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   Posted Yesterday 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I am having a particularly difficult Christmas Season (Holiday Season to be politically correct) and thought it would be nice to share our traditions with one another, that and I am getting married in a few months and have been thinking about what traditions I would like to start for "my family"
 
When I was younger, we (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, parents, siblings) used to gather in front of the fireplace and read the christmas story (Jesus in the manger), sing christmas songs and then the kids would beg and plead to get to open a present on the night of christmas eve, which our parents always caved in and let us open "just one." We would attempt to sleep with all the excitement of Santa and presents. We would wake up wayyy too early and have a huge Christmas breakfast after opening gifts all while wearing our pajamas!
 
I remember putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, baking goodies with my mom and grandmother, shopping and wrapping presents and that hard cinnamon candy my grandmother used to make. Everything smelled and felt like Christmas!!!
 
I miss that and wish I felt that now...but anyway, what types of traditions or things do you celebrate?!?! Can't wait to hear about them all!
 
 
 
 
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   Posted Yesterday 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was younger I always felt sorry for the people that were in hospitals during the holiday season, so I made a bunch of handmade Christmas/holidays cards and brought them to a nearby hospital and gave them to patients for several years. 
 
A few years ago I ended up in a headache center over the Christmas season and everyone was pretty much in the pits more so than usual because they were confined at that time.  I asked a couple of people for some help and got permission from nurses and doctors and set up a little party for the people in my ward.  We had eggnog and sugar cookies to pass around, and we all sat down to play a few silly games like Mad Gab and Taboo.  It was crazy because we were all hooked up to IVs and the room was small, but it really seemed to cheer people up. 
 
Since then I've made several batches cookies during the Christmas season and, with the permission of the right people, brought them to a nearby hospital and sat them out for the patients.  The people who were well enough to get out of bed were invited to play a few games, and I went around and delivered some handmade Christmas cards to the people that were confined to their beds.
 
Even though I hate hospitals, I really enjoy bringing a little cheer to the people that are there.  It's become a bit of a tradition for my mother, my friends and I.  We even have nurses that willingly take part in our games.
 
P.S.  I'm sorry to hear that you are having a difficult season, I hope it gets better.  And congratulations on your upcoming marriage!
 
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tysmyboo
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   Posted Yesterday 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Liz,
I think we are going to volunteer for the food bank the week of Christmas since we are not going to do anything this year.  We have donated clothes and food items already, and I think I am going to volunteer this week at the humane society (I LOVE ANIMALS...and mine have everything they could need and more all year 'round)
 
What I am going through, is nothing compared to some people...so I will do my best not to complain :-)
 
Have a wonderful Christmas...
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