This is a really hard category for me.  I LOVE Christmas!  There is nothing about this season I don’t like short of maybe crowds of rude people and Black Friday.  Being a military family on a tight budget I’ve always started shopping early (like in January) to work everything we want to do into our tight budget.

If I had to pick just one tradition though, it would be putting up the tree as a family while eating leftover turkey (from Thanksgiving) sandwiches.  When I was a kid we usually put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving and leave it until Kings Day, the Epiphany on January 6th.  Hubby and I still do that and for that reason we like to go cut our own tree so it’s fresh and lasts the entire time.  I use an apple cider/sugar mix that keeps the sap from forming on the cut area and keep the water cool and full.

When I was a kid we did a BIG family get together with a buffet of food and opening our family presents on Christmas Eve.  I just saw a few of my cousins recently and we were reminiscing about some of those holidays and LOL how horrible our wardrobes were back then.

Thankfully, I’m not in the bottom picture because I remember what I was wearing! But I love my brother’s plaid pants and Monica’s floral blouse. If you don’t hear from me for a few days I’m Sure it’s because one them found me LOL.Then on Christmas Day we did Christmas morning and “Santa” with just the immediate family and then we would do a BIG turkey with all the trimmings including my dad’s stuffing and giblet gravy with all the family as well as extended family, which included crazy Aunt Louise and Uncle Herb. I replicated dad’s stuffing recipe a few years ago (Oatnut Sourdough Herb Dressing) and that is now a MUST TRADITION for the Christmas meal no matter what the protein is.

Our newest tradition in the last several years is watching Christmas movies and dreaming about moving to every small town depicted in them, kind of like Stars Hollow from the Gilmore Girls.  We loved that show!


Enjoyed reading your post and seeing the pictures. Think I have some photos like that I could share with my siblings on Facebook but then again, I do want them speaking to me at Christmas 😉


LMBO 😀 at your wanting your siblings to speak to you. My brother and cousins have been having a good laugh at all the old pictures I’ve been finding. My cousin Brandy always had the cutest wardrobe.

Rebecca Knox

Enjoyed reading this post very much, but horrible wardrobes??? No way!!! That floral shirt of Monica’s? My two favorite aunts wore some just like it…one of them was blue and the other one green. Of course both had the flower power flowers on them. I wanted one so badly. I swear…if I had one today I’d wear it!!! I love seeing those old clothes! LOL!


LMBO 😀 at you wanting a shirt like Monica’s – it was a hand me down that at least 3 of us wore at one time or another. The 70’s were definitely an interesting fashion era. Brandy always had the cutest wardrobe (the cute little pink dress) and I always had the plainer (white blouse and red jumper) wardrobe.

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