The past week I have came across probably over a hundred posts regarding Christmas traditions. It got me thinking about ours and how they have changed or evolved over the years.
For many years we pastored and a lot of our traditions were centered around our church. We always had a children’s program. That was always fun, you never knew what was going to come out of the mouth of babes. We would have a Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Communion. It was only an hour long, but it was a wonderful time, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. We would then gather at my in-laws and have a meal, nothing extravagant, but we were all together. Sometimes our boys and their cousins would stay at Mamaw and Papaw’s house Christmas Eve night. Somehow Santa always knew where the kids were going to be in the morning.
Our boys always knew why we were celebrating Christmas, Jesus. Santa was just fun, and that was okay. Christmas Eve night George (my incredible husband of almost 33 years) and I would fill the boys stockings and lay out a few things to keep them occupied until we got up Christmas morning. What is funny is that as the boys grew older they slept in longer and we were waking them up to see what Santa brought.
Some Christmas mornings I would make Cinnamon Rolls (Just like Cinnabon – No lie), or a Breakfast Casserole. I plan on make a Breakfast Casserole this year. I am still working on a gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe. I sure do miss those cinnamon rolls. Anyway – traditions.
I would say over the past decade we have been making up stockings for my in-laws. That has been fun. Mamaw (mother in-law) loves Christmas. We always put in some Christmas themed magazines and her favorite candy, plus some other goodies in her stocking. My mother in-law loves Christmas, so much that there are some decorations that stay up all year. For a while, every year I would paint a miniature house/building and give that to my Father in-law for Christmas. Now he has quite a collection that have a permanent place on their mantle all year round.
Now that the boys are men, 28, 26 and 24 years old. I know, where does the time go? Our traditions have changed. The past few years we have been having all the boys with their girlfriends over Christmas Eve Night. We have a no fuss buffet of simple fare: Meatballs, Turkey Sliders, Crudites with dip, Assorted Fruit and Dip, and Cookies, Easy. Lots of stories are shared, presents opened, and tons of laughter. It is wonderful.
Christmas day we all head to Mamaw and Papaw’s house (the in-laws) and have lunch. All the cooking duties are divided up so it is not a burden to just one person. I am usually in charge of the veggies, rolls, and desserts. This year my Green Beans with Walnuts was requested. I am still thinking on the desserts.
Of coarse there is presents to open. Soon after, the boys and their girlfriends leave and participate in the festivities of their girlfriends’ families. Now that they are grown we do not get to keep them all to ourselves. Just like everything else, things change and evolve. There will be a time when they will have their own traditions. My hope is that we will have a part in what they choose for their own lives, future families and traditions.
Have a Merry and Joyous Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year!