Aug 13, 2009
Traditions! What comes to mind immdiately is Christmas Eve. Our family is full of Christmas traditions that day. We gather together, Moms and Dads, children, grandchildren, In-laws on every side, girls friends, boy friends, family friends any one we can fit into the home we gather in.
In the past it was always my sister, Melinda's home. She always had the largest home. However, in the past few years our place of gathering has moved to my nephew's home, Justin. At this point, his is the largest home and can fit half of Los Angeles. We all sit at a very formal table, always leaving one chair empty for our guest of honor, Jesus. The chair is also reserved in honor of any member of the family who for what ever reason, could not be there. Many times because, God had taken them home that year! While we are enjoying everything from Tamales, Turkey, Honey Bake Ham to other fine dishes that everyone brings (each trying to out do the other in food treats), we get to see pictures of the year's special events of each family. It is each family's responsibility to have a CD with fun family events that happened during the year!
After filling ourselves with every dessert possible, we go in to the Great Room for some family singing and the story of the birth of Christ. The singing is so funny. No one in our family can sing themselves out of a paper bag, but that night we all are Michael Jackson, Van Morrison. the Beatles or who ever we want. Sometimes, depending on how together we are that year, we have little skits to entertain our selves or we go caroling.
That drama is followed by the gift feast. With so many people, it looks like a department store display. The gifts take up a quarter of the Great Room. We try to start out dignified, everyone taking turns, children first and all that. However, the big people (meaning my mother) have trouble waiting and it becomes a free for all. The joy that is there when we receive that perfect gift or Mother onces again, wants the receipt for her gift. (Why did you spend so much money on me?) She is a hoot! We all just feel the love. I would not change a thing ever! I love my family!