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Unusual family traditions

Posted Friday, November 14, 2008, at 11:32 AM

Does your family have an unusual holiday tradition? If so, contact Sadie Fowler at 684-1200 or sfowler@t-g.com for possible inclusion in an upcoming feature story.


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Dear Sadie,

Many years ago.... when my children were small and my sisters children were also young, we decided to stop buying Christmas gifts for each other and to stop buying gifts for our nieces and nephews. What we decided to do was to buy ornaments for each other and to put dates on them so we could remember who's ornament was who's . Every child got an ornament which was especially picked out for them from my sister. Of course they were wrapped and every child really enjoyed their ornament. I bought Ornament boxes for each of my children. Every Thanksgiving when the tree was put up, our children got to hang their own ornaments. As we popped corn and drank hot cocoa and decorated the tree.... there was much celebration over their ornaments. Everyone was "remembing" when they got this ornament. As our children grew up and moved out, they took their ornament box with them. They still enjoy their ornaments. Christmas is not really about the gift, it is about the birth of Christ. We like to think the holidays are especially about "family". The getting together and the sharing of a home cooked family meal.

Martha Mendez

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-- Posted by Union on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 5:30 PM

-- Posted by Union on Fri, Nov 14, 2008, at 5:31 PM

Sadie - This isn't an "old" tradition, but for the past 5 to 6 years, this has worked well for our family of 8.-- We rent a housekeeping suite in a motel or hotel near where we live. It's amazing what is available for serving and entertaining--like plasma TV, fireplace, wireless internet, or ice-maker. We bring in the food. The place is clean when we go in. (Do inspect it before you make the reservation!) We have it until check-out time. It is just courteous to tidy up a bit and leave a generous tip for the help, who clean up so we don't have to. This gives us all more time to relax and enjoy being together.

-- Posted by kouka on Sat, Nov 15, 2008, at 1:23 PM

Wow, these are all fantastic and unusual traditions, and exactly what I was looking for. If you can, please call me at the office Monday. 684-1200. Thanks! Sadie Fowler

-- Posted by sfowler on Sat, Nov 15, 2008, at 5:22 PM

I have for many years now have kept a look out thru out the year on different families that I felt were having a little tuffer time than we were. If there were children I would take note of their ages and would go out and get a few toys for them. We would wrap them and after our Christmas Eve dinner and I knew for sure that Santa was on the way we would go to the home and leave the gifts at the door with a tag on each one with boy or girl and a around about age and knock and then leave. Not wanting them to know who it was who left them.If times were not so bad for us I would like to leave a box of food for their Christmas dinner.I would always leave some homemade things like cookies and fudge in christmas tins also.I always felt that maybe down the road when things were not so bad for this family that they would do this for someone else one christmas. There is no better joy than that.

-- Posted by heaven8kids7grandrebelrose on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 7:22 AM

well it started off as a act of rebellion from my teenage brother and now is kinda a great memory and tradition.

Mom asked him to pass the rolls at the thanksgiving table, So he said "twenty four, thirty six Hutt Hutt" and threw her the rolls.

He got his bottom busted but it was FUNNY!!!!

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Nov 16, 2008, at 2:32 PM

We started out this tradition by going to Nashville to pick up a family member at the airport.

After a few years,it became obvious that we had to go to the airport even if there was no one flying home who needed to be picked up.

We had to see the planes and the people,drink watery hot cocoa at the lunch counter,see the multi-colored beacon used to help Santa navigate and get a story book at the gift shop.

One the way home,we'd get pecan rolls and white chocolate at Stuckey's and talk about the people we'd met.

There would be the people who worked there year after year,soldiers coming home,people taking off to see relatives far away,people traveling on business and,sometimes,entertainers en route to who-knows-where.

(Nashville mayor,Beverly Briley was not half as interesting as the guy who tended the monkeys at Harvey's department store.)

I'm not sure if we thought we'd see reindeer getting clearance from the tower or Magi seeking to honor a baby boy in a manger.

But,nomads,merchants,pilgrims and loved ones coming home all seemed to be part of the pageantry .

Their stories seemed part of the legend and lore.

For this one time and place,we were unified in seasonal magic and the dreary and mundane were set aside to make way for wonder borrowed from Bethlehem to enchant this waystation in Music City.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Nov 17, 2008, at 7:47 PM

Hey Sadie!

My not so unusual tradition is to get together with family and friends on Christmas eve morning for a big breakfast. creaps, sausage gravy & biscuts, beacon, sausage, eggs and more! The only rules are come anytime between 9-1. Don't bring anything but yourself and it's ok to eat and run!

You should Stop by! Nikki

-- Posted by meinshelbyville on Mon, Dec 22, 2008, at 11:25 PM


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Sadie Fowler is lifestyles editor for the Times-Gazette.
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