I love tradition. As a child, it meant everything. As important as tradition is, why is it so much more important this time of year? Why are Christmas traditions so sacred? Growing up, most years of my childhood, if you gave me a time from say 4 PM on December 23rd to 5 PM on December 25th, I could easily give you an idea of what I would be doing with my family. Last year, Christmas 2014, was the first Christmas Eve of my life not spent at my Grandma and Grandpa Buttrick’s house (that includes my first Christmas Eve at six days old). Grandma B. passed away in 2014, and as much as we all dreaded Christmas without her, we started a few new traditions, including a Christmas Eve get together at my parents’ house with aunts and cousins and attending Christmas Eve service at the church where my parents were married. I love the fact that my nephews and niece are young enough that they will grow up with these new traditions.
Of course, we included many of the old traditions as well. We still celebrate the Night-Before, the Night-Before (the evening of December 23rd) at my aunt and uncle’s house in Standish. My brother, sister, and I, along with families, still spend Christmas Eve at our parents’ house. We still have cinnamon French toast and sausage for Christmas breakfast and a wonderful turkey dinner later in the day. It still takes us half the day to open presents, partly due to the fact that there are quite a few of us and partly due to the fact that we like to lounge around (yes, even my young nephews!). It is still always a toss-up as to whether or not we’ll get to watch old home movies Christmas night.
So, as I get ready for the next few days of love and laughter, Merry Christmas! I hope yours is as full of faith, family, and fun as mine will be.