Man on the Street: What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Sunday, November 27, 2016
T-G Photos by Amy Todd
("The 'C' stands for 'Candidly Cheerful at Christmas') In years past, we would go out and cut a fresh Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, bring it home and decorate it as a family. As the years have passed and I've grown older, we just drag the artificial tree out of the attic (still partially decorated from last year), fire up "Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation," pour up some egg nog and pile up on the couch for a couple hours.
(Timothy C. Looney)
While the whole family (about 50 people) gathers in one room of Mom's house, my Dad would bring out his Bible and read scriptures of the birth of Jesus. This was always "first" before presents were opened. This tradition will live on in our memories since Dad passed away this year.
After eating Christmas dinner, the whole family crowds into the family room and Gramma passes out all the gifts. Each person opens their gifts one at a time starting from the youngest to the oldest so that everyone can see what each person receives. The anticipation on the children's faces as they sit and squirm with excitement as they wait on their turn is priceless.
My favorite holiday tradition is sitting around with Holly, Blake, Lorrie, Brett and Jesse and watching "Christmas Vacation" on Christmas Eve. That means all the rushing around preparing for Christmas is finally done and we can just relax.
I have three boys, and we decorate the Christmas tree with everything they have made over the years. They are older now and I have literally saved everything so we have tons of homemade ornaments.
We always left out cookies and milk for Santa when my two daughters were little. They are grown now and I have a granddaughter so we will be continuing the tradition.
I remember going to my grandmother's on Christmas Eve and we would go see the lights at the Opryland Hotel.
Each year our immediate family goes to the Christmas Eve church service, then on to my mother-in-law's house for dinner. On Christmas morning, both families gather at our house to greet the arrival of Santa Claus, exchange gifts and feast on an extraordinarily large breakfast -- not necessarily in that order.
Every Christmas Eve the family gets together and gets to choose one present to open before our meal. It's fun to watch as everyone open their gifts and see if they choose a good gift or a funny gag gift.