New Traditions From Old Traditions

For as far back as I can remember, my family Thanksgiving always involved my paternal grandparents, the usual turkey dinner and sides, and playing Bingo.

It’s been almost a decade since my grandparents have been able to manage having everyone over at their own house, so we had been gathering in a church rec room, each family bringing something to pass. But we still had the turkey dinner and Bingo.

Since getting married, Cortney and I have instituted and every-other-year tradition with his family and mine, but we always stopped in to see my grandparents while they served pie and played Bingo.

This fall my grandparents turned 93. My grandma lives in an assisted living community because she has taken a few falls and cannot manage to live in their home anymore, but my grandpa visits her every day.

Today it was my family’s year for us to join Thanksgiving, but since my grandparents don’t really get out anymore, my mom had my youngest brother and his family and our family over for dinner without aunts and uncles and cousins. Without my grandparents.

She made a delicious turkey dinner. I brought pie.

I pretty proud of my pies: apple and pumpkin (my mom made a pecan)

And my mom went out and bought a Bingo game and prizes.

I missed my grandparents, and I am going to make time to go visit them SOON, but today was nice. I enjoyed having wine with my dinner (which was never an option when my grandparents hosted–or when we were in a church). But mostly I enjoyed feeling cozy in a home again after so many years of sitting in a church basement or rec room.

Today felt like a new beginning.

Thankful for my people.

The 12 Questions of Christmas

I’m linking up with Elaine and Kir today for some Old School Blogging!  This month the questions all have to do with the holidays…something we are SO excited about here in Sluiter Nation.

First things first: 1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

We celebrate Christmas in Sluiter Nation, but we do it about eight times, so does that count as eight crazy nights? We are all about seeing as many of our friends and family as we possibly can this time of year while still getting some quiet, lovely time with just our family.

Peppermint or Chocolate?

If had to choose between the two, I pick chocolate, BUT because it’s CHRISTMAS many times they are combined which is one of my favorite things EVER!

Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

I will admit that one of my favorite Christmas songs is one of the top most ANNOYING song for most people: Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time”. I don’t know if I love it because it’s catchy and so much of an earworm, of if I love it because it bothers everyone else. Either way, BOOM!  I also love John Lennon’s “So This is Christmas”. Maybe I just like the Beatles.
Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition?

We actually have tons of traditions, but one of my favorites is making Christmas cookies with my family. Ever since I was small, my family has been doing it. It used to be a Sunday afternoon at my Grandma’s house with my aunts and all my cousins. When Grandma couldn’t do it anymore, my mom would do it at our house with me and my brothers. As we all started to get married, spouses came along and contributed. Then our kids. Now it is a full blown tradition! And we make a LOT of cookies.

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C’mon you remember your favorite  (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:

I don’t really remember any particular Christmas present that stands out as BEST EVER. Although, nine years ago this month, my first nephew was born four days before Christmas.  That was a pretty awesome gift.
That magical moment? (Your favorite scene was a Holiday movie..it’s okay if you have 2)

All of the scenes in A Christmas Story. Best holiday movie ever. It is not even up for discussion.

Kissing under the mistletoe? Who do you hope is standing underneath(We know it’s normally your spouse, if it didn’t have to be, who would you choose?)

Even if it didn’t have to be, I would still choose Cortney every day ending in “y”. I know…cue the Mush Police, but it’s the truth, yo.

Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

The only quiet thing on the list is the golden rings, so I’ll take those. If anyone gives me birds for Christmas I will put a bounty on their head.

Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

I have a few students I would give the gift of modesty to.

Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)

I would consider myself more like the family on A Christmas Story. I’m DEFINITELY not Martha Stewart and I’m not a Grinch. Christmas sort of vomits on our house.

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What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)

Joy. Definitely Joy.

If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your CHRISTMAS LIST?

For myself, I would wish for a bigger house where I could have my own office/work room and more closet/storage space.  For others, I wish for one more day with some they love that has gone on to heaven.

 

What about you? Do you have the holiday spirit bubbling inside of you waiting to vomit all over your blog? Then come link up!


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