Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meme Friday #10

I love love love the holidays! I live for this time of year (minus the cold, that I could do without). Growing up, my family didn't really have traditions around this time of year. Unless of course you count that every year we got our christmas tree a week prior to christmas and it stayed up until Easter - no joke!
Once I began dating Drew and eventually married him, I was introduced to some traditions he did with his family. Once we got married, I knew that we would have traditions. I knew that I wanted my kids to grow up enjoying this time of year and understanding why as a Christian it is important. So here are just a few of our traditions:
 - Decorating: We put up our Christmas decorations up the day after thanksgiving. I am not big into black friday deals...I've never needed them and honestly, I hate crowds. So I am all for staying in, putting on some Christmas music and making my house Christmasfied!
 - Turkey Day: Ok, so really the only tradition we have is we MUST watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade...must....
 - Starting this year: We will be doing advent. My in laws have gotten us an advent calendar! I have wanted one but with parker being little, decided to hold off, this year though...we are doing it!
- Christmas cards - We do picture cards each year. This year I scored an awesome deal at!
- Christmas Eve - Pizza Night. Every christmas eve since being with Drew, we do this. His family has done it for many many years.
- Every year we get a new ornament that some how symbolizes the year. We have of course First Christmas, First House, A First Christmas ornament for Parker, Parker picked one out last year, and this year Parker picked out another....

So this bring me to my Aloha Friday Question:

What holiday traditions do you have?

You can join in. Head over to An Island Life for all the rules, ask a question on your blog and link up!

1. What Christmas song do you loathe? Ah, I think the appropriate question is which one do I NOT loathe. No in all seriousness, I love Christmas songs, but I think it depends on who's singing it. I don't like Christmas song as sung by Mariah Carrey for example. If I have to name one song I loathe, it's the one that goes "Don't they know it's Christmas after all..." 

2. Do you and your significant other cuddle at night or sleep on opposite sides of the bed? Yes, we do both. We both move a lot in our sleep, so we start out cuddling but by the time we wake up, we are on opposite sides of the bed.

3. Have you ever had surgery? Yes, my c-section. It was an emergency one, I was put completely under and ended up intubated....

4. When do you typically have your holiday shopping done? I don't really do it in a time frame. If I find a great deal, I will purchase and store. We don't give a lot of gifts because we just don't have the money, so we usually do something special for Parker's grandparents and Parker and that's it.

5. If money were not an issue (and you HAD to pick something), what would your ultimate luxury item be? I like this luxury item would be shoes. I am not even joking. To me this is luxury. Just give me money and I will find the cutest shoes around. I love shoes. Either that or a spa day...does that count?

Your turn, head over to My Little Life and link up after answering the questions!


1. Why does no one value marriage anymore? I just don't get it? 

2. I would love to take a cruise to see the world.

3. Thank you for loving me in spite of my randomness and oddness at times.

4. Christmas is my favorite holiday because it was about the only time of year that my family came together and didn't fight. Also, because my Lord and Savior was born that day!

5. I am SO flipping tired tonight. I should be asleep since we are taking a small road trip tomorrow.

6. We make up our minds to be (who we are...) this one didn't make sense to me?!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a girls night at my friend's, tomorrow my plans include choir practice, grocery shopping, cleaning and Sunday, I want to 
be as lazy as possible. I am going to be busy the next few weeks - aw heck, the next month!

Your turn, head over to Friday Fill Ins and link up in the comments!


I am Harriet said...

It's hard to say since our traditions have changed as family dynamics have changed.

Have a great day!

Midday Escapades said...

Happy Aloha Friday! We used to have more traditions when the boys were younger. My favorite was decorating the tree with all the mementos collected over the years.

schnider_am said...

Oh we have so many.. For just Thanksgiving. We wake up and get cooking all the food. They boys love to help now that they are older. The family starts to arive and we watch football. Black Friday my sisters, sister in laws and I all go out shopping.

Auntie E said...

We love Having Latkes on Hanukkah. As well as Dance around while listtening to Chanukkah Music since that is the first holiday to come up this year.
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Mel said...

A fancy pair of shoes are definitely awesome! I don't loathe Christmas songs too.

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Charlotte (Life's a Charm!) said...

we have similar traditions - like decorating for Christmas after Thanksgiving, having a new Christmas Tree ornament each year, among others...
If we were in the Philippines, there are more religious traditions that I would want my family to follow.

JamericanSpice said...

We don't really have any set traditions as yet. I'm sure it will come eventually.

shopannies said...

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we have many different traditions including family get togethers, church get togethers, seeing santa and the list goes on

heymcs said...

My family has a lot of traditions but the one we all have kept is celebrating Christmas Eve big then going to Midnight Mass. We all get together, open presents, have a huge dinner and it's so special.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I love love love the holidays, too! :) You have some great traditions!

We do Advent every year - Princess Nagger loves being 'in charge' of the Advent calendars. And we always open gifts on Christmas Eve - a Swedish tradition passed down from my Great-Grandmother. Santa gifts on Christmas morning, and I cook a big meal with ham being the main attraction on Christmas Day. We always put our Christmas decorations up over the Thanksgiving weekend, too! :)

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Annie said...

We decorated the house together, makes different crafts, cupcakes,etc.

Laufa said...

Wow a lot of things to comment on...I'll stick with AF, this time.
We do the traditional Turkey day, just in another state and governed by in-laws.
Christmas we are starting a new tradition of lighting Advent candles every Sunday leading up to Christmas, that way it builds anticipation for our kids, but also reminds them it's not really about Santa (even though they will probably believe until they are 15).

~ Noelle said...

my mom and i have a gift bag that rotates every year...

Tammy said...

New Jammies for everyone on Christmas eve...even mom and dad! :) yay for new PJ's!