QotD: My Favorite Holiday Traditions

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Submitted by sami711.

When I was growing up, Christmas Eve was a special night.  Not only was it one more sleep until the shredding of the wrapping paper, not only was it (still is) my brother's birthday, but it was a time when we cleared off the kitchen table, laid newspaper down over it, and ate fondue and crab legs until we exploded.

My dad would get out the huge boiler and just cook and cook and cook.  Sometimes the neighbors would come over, sometimes my godparents would come over.  But no matter who was there, the tree was always up, the bubble lights were on, the bird ornament was chirping, and The Temptations were there on the record player (yes, old school) singing us Christmas carols. 

The neighbors are still at home as are my godparents.  My brother's in NC, my mom's in north FL, I'm in south FL, and my dad's gone on to a better place.  We won't be together this year but I hope that everyone will still take a moment and think about the days gone by, the good times that we had.  That's what it's really all about.  Being with your family and making memories and traditions to pass along through the generations.  Miss you dad.

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