Traditions, things we cling to and bind us together as a family.
Many years ago, won't say how many. I discovered that I was different. Yep, God made me a little different than the rest of the world. Then to top it, I married someone who was a little different than the average Joe. Together we started some "Different" types of traditions for our family. Being that we both come large, noisy families...we like quiet. So, here is our "different" way of celebrating the Holidays.
Valentines Day: I do something for all of the children. Robert does something sweet for me.
Saint Patrick's Day: I remind everyone to wear green. Also, remind everyone not to pinch people who happen to forget to wear green.
April fools: We are tricksters at our house. Beware. Hubby plans something big for a work every year and gets them every time. Here at home, well, we are all trying to trick each other. It's a day full of laughter here. Everyone thinks they are the funniest.
Easter: A quiet day of remembrance for most. Is a family day for us, where we eat a nice dinner, eat too many sweets and play games.
Halloween: We have our traditional trick or treat route in the neighborhood that we take. Everyone going grabs pillow cases to hold their loot. We eat chili with corn bread. Which will change this year thanks to my food allergies. We will still have chili, but with dinner rolls instead. I encourage my children to create their own costumes from items we have around the house. We will purchase face paint and small accessories as needed. But, I never spend more than $20.
Thanksgiving: Every couple of years, which we are due to do this year. We host a family dinner for everyone who lives in the area. We love our extended family. But, most years we celebrate with our own children. Robert and I get up early to get the turkey in. Pies are made the night before by him, with the help of the boys. Then I make a traditional Orange Cream Jello. We lounge around in pj's all day, watching football. I get my best nap of the year on this day, while laying on the couch snuggled up against Robert. Children can be found laying all over the place with gaming devices or books. Our livingroom looks like it has been attacked by pillows and blankets. We will end the day with playing board games or card games with the children. Apples to Apples happens to be our girls, even though they are all teenagers, favorite game to play.
Christmas: We love this holiday. The day after Thanksgiving the girls, Brad and I set up all the decorations. We start planning our baking, shopping list and service project for the month. Robert and I never shop until late at night when the stores are almost empty. When they are staying open all night. When there are no small children crying. When our children are chilling and we can sneak in our surprises. It all happens just a few days before Christmas Eve. I have always done pj's on Christmas Eve. Robert and I like to buy pj bottoms, then a funny graphic shirt that we feel fits each child for that year. We love stockings, stuffed with funny things and on the side do a new drink cup for the year. We have done matching mugs, individual water bottles, each year they get something to drink out of. Just our thing. We spend this day in pj's as well, playing games, watching movies and simply enjoying each others company. Oh yea, also eating way to many goodies.
New Years Eve: Robert usually crashes before the countdown starts. I will find myself with the girls watching a movie and then watching the ball drop in NY, We grab pots and pans, run outside screaming into the night (on Utah time), Happy New Year! Then come in to pop open Apple Cider to toast with. We drink, laugh and talk, until someone decides to head to bed.