Daily Prompt: Time After Time
by Krista on March 6, 2014
Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?
Christmas in my favorite large tradition. For the past 11 years, we have always gathered at my oldest daughter’s home for a ‘brunch’, see what ‘Santa’ has brought to the girls, and watch them open presents from us. This tradition may change this year, though, since my youngest daughter may wish to start her own traditions with her young son. Our middle daughter rarely gets to come down from Kentucky, for Christmas. Her family generally comes down between Christmas and New Year’s.
We used to have a family tradition of getting together, every Thanksgiving night, to watch ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. Sadly, we have dropped this tradition over the past couple of years, due to life circumstances and everybody going in different directions. My hubby doesn’t care for the movie like I do, so it is no fun watching it with him. I miss that sharing time with my daughters, but I understand that they all have lives and families of their own now. It is hard, though.
Another favorite tradition, is family reunions, which can be large or small depending on the ‘surname’. My paternal grandfather’s side of the family is usually a small group of twenty to thirty people. My paternal grandmother’s side of the family is usually a large group of one-hundred plus. My maternal grandfather’s side of the family is generally small, ten to twenty people, at the most. My maternal grandmother’s side of the family is usually a very large group, but we haven’t been to that reunion in several years. The last time I remember going to this reunion, was when I was around fifteen-years-old.
These family traditions usually take place right after a ‘decoration’. For those of you who have never lived in the south and those living in other countries, ‘decoration’ is a time when we go to the burial places of our ancestors and put fresh, (new), flowers on the graves. ‘Decorations’ are usually celebrated in the Spring, but we also have some held in June and July.
One other tradition I wish to tell you about, is our oldest grandson’s birthday. He gets to enjoy two birthday’s every year. My hubby works for the local school system and is off during the summer months. Our grandson, who was born in June, comes every summer to spend a week, or two, with us. He generally has a birthday with his friends and family in Kentucky on his birthday, but when he comes down to stay with us, we give him another birthday to celebrate with his family, and friends, here. That is usually the one time of the year that I can get all of my grandchildren together in one place.
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