The Christmas season is coming to a close once again and let’s face it, is there anything more sad then packing up those Christmas decorations?!
But truly, I hope you all had a very blessed and merry Christmas with your loved ones.
I wanted to share a few of the traditions that my family has each year. I think it’s fun to think back on those things that you do every year, especially for me as I think ahead to when I have my own family one day and what traditions I would like to carry on for them. Of course that time is a long ways off, but it’s still interesting to think about!
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Every Christmas Eve my family has a delicious Mexican dinner of tamales, rice, and beans. This is a tradition that my Dad’s family had and one that we couldn’t help but carry on! Who could turn down tamales?! We don’t have too many traditional Mexican traditions that we keep in our normal day-to-day lives but I love to connect with the unique culture anyway that I can and Christmas is a great time for us to do that. I also whip up a few batches of a traditional Mexican pastry that we lovingly call “piggies” for their typical pig shape (I shared the recipe yesterday). At Christmastime I make them into stars and Christmas trees. They’re the perfect treat and aren’t overly sweet and heavy.
For as long as I can remember, my family has had the tradition of opening on one gift on Christmas Eve, saving the rest for Christmas Day. In previous years, the Christmas Eve gifts would be the ones that my Aunt Sandy sent over from California. However, we lost her to cancer last year on Christmas Day so our Christmas Eve gift exchange will be very different this year and in the years ahead.
My mom’s family hosts a Christmas dinner each year on December 26th. The reason being so that the individual families can spend Christmas Day together before coming together the next day. My mom has nine brothers and sisters so naturally the turnout is pretty hefty once you factor in my aunts and uncles, cousins, children of my cousins, plus various extended relatives like my mom’s second and third cousins that come as well. It’s quite the event and we do twice a year at both Christmas and Mother’s Day.
We also attend the Christmas Eve service at church as well!