This post is a bit of a response to Anuli's
. When I was a lil gal my fam would go all out for the holidays. Generally I spent every other Xmas w/ my mom or dad, but btwn my mom and step mom they were always super duper festive, filled with lights glitter and magic. My mom would go all out for Christmas. Every Christmas has a color theme and my mommy was playing with this. If I brought home a handmade ornament I made in school and it didn't match the theme colors, it got put in the box for 'next year' My mother would never be caught dead with a fake tree...are you kidding me? The day after thanksgiving we went out in the cold (okay so comparatively it wasn't that cold, it was Southern California but still it was cold) to the freaking tree farm to get that 'perfect tree' Everything had a process when it comes to xmas including lighting the house the tree etc. It had to look neat and cohesive and often drove me and who ever was around to witness the process crazy. I often think of sending her tinsel and spray snow just to get back at her. But I must admit when it was all said and done and she light those cinnamon candles, it meant the holidays were here! She always made a list and we would usually get most of the shopping done early so that we could sit by the tree and wrap presents. I always loved that part and was amazed what she could do with ribbon and wrapping paper...oh and the tape never showed when my mom wraps a gift. Don't know how she did it but as far as I was concerned that paper was self adhesive. Yes my mom can cook but it was my grandmother who would really throw down in the kitchen. Christmas dinner was like thanksgiving part two and I swear my memories of thanksgiving and Christmas are pretty blurred together btwn the aged of 4-10. Christmas morning was always magical. One of my fondest memories is when we found super soakers under the tree and had a water fight, me, my moms, and uncles. Another great memory is when my bro Nik opened up the wrong present as was soooooo happy to get some my little ponies, I think his mom let him keep 'em. It was awesome and I miss being a kid around the holidays.
Within the last few years my holidays have been pretty laid back and are usually the time I finally get a few good 8 hour of sleep at night but I'm starting to see that yearning for a festive whoop-la peep back into my life and I plan on spending this years butt naked in a hot tub, just kidding 😉 But I do plan on getting some fam time in a maybe even a few laps around an ice skating rink, wear a tacky sweater or two hey who knows perhaps I'll even go Christmas caroling...next year.
I’ll be the first to say that I love Christmas (presents), but why does it seem that the countdown to Christmas starts the day right after Halloween. Commercially, Thanksgiving totally gets left out of the equation and even Black Friday gets more shine (gotta love those dollar signs).
I realized that my family doesn’t really have any Christmas traditions like most families. Many families decorate their trees together or put up Christmas lights. Every year my family seems to get lazier and forgo such traditions. Two years ago we bought a fake tree that came with lights, so all we had to do was add a few ornaments for that a personal touch. We also stopped putting up lights altogether because we always hated having to take them down.
So what do I do for Christmas? Christmas for me consists of watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and annually opening up a consisting declining amount of presents. I wish I was four-years-old again like my sister because she’s at the age when parents shower their children with gifts, so in this case I’m definitely past my prime.
My friends and I planned a holiday party this year. It was called "The All-Inclusive Christmahanukwanzikah-Solstice Party Shin-dig Thing" (I know you like the title, right?). We celebrated traditions from all of the holidays. Yes, Winter Solstice is a real holiday. People tried to tell me otherwise, but it's actually celebrated in countries all over the world. Think of it as the OG (original gangsta) Christmas because a lot of Christmas traditions were derived from Winter Solstice. The party was great and just the way I imagined it. Trying to organize a wholesome party for college students is no easy task, trust me. Maybe this could be my holiday tradition...we'll see.
I want to know what your Holiday traditions are. Leave a comment and let me know. Maybe it’ll inspire me to up my Holiday Cheer ante.