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serenity blaze
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0 posted 12-17-2000 02:32 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I love people, and am fascinated by differing customs and traditions of other cultures. (frustrated anthropologist) Care to share? How does your family celebrate "The Season"?
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1 posted 12-17-2000 02:39 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

A fifth of tequila mixed in with a drop of drama = my family's tradition at any get-together!  
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2 posted 12-17-2000 04:35 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Chris? That's positively "gut-warming"...

I would think we were related, but...ONE fifth of tequila...????

In my family? We have saying that goes with one fifth of tequila...grin..and that is:

"Where's yours?"
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Lots and lots of relatives - On Christmas Eve... with tons of potato sausage, lutefisk, and Swedish coffee cake - with some lobster bisque tossed in for good measure - and a bloody mary or two...and....glogg...!!!.

What's potato sausage, you ask??.. Exactly what it sounds like.. sausage made from potatoes...

...and lutefisk?

lu·te·fisk (lt-fsk) also lut·fisk (ltfsk). n. A traditional Scandinavian dish prepared by soaking air-dried cod in a lye solution for several weeks before skinning, boning, and boiling it, a process that gives the dish its characteristic gelatinous consistency.

SSSHHHHHHHHHHHH.... Don't tell... I don't eat the stuff...

No wonder we need the glogg... What's that, you ask??

glogg n : Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar

GOOD STUFF..!!!

No wonder every self-respecting Scandinavian stays home on Christmas Day..
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4 posted 12-17-2000 07:40 PM       View Profile for SorrowsMystress   Email SorrowsMystress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SorrowsMystress

Our family is full of different traditions. We are almost all of different religions (Jewish, Christian, Wiccan, etc), so every holiday season, we celebrate by arguing. hehe, just kidding (although, as a perfectly normal disfunctional family, we do tend to dip into our Christmas Eve presents of fine, strong alcohol and speak our minds).

We have a season full of celebration. Pretty much all of december, we are doing something to accomidate each of the different religions and traditions. This year we started a new tradition.  We make cookies from scratch, let the kids decorate them, and then we remember my aunt who passed away in April by hanging the ornaments that she hand-made on the tree.

I'd love to elaborate on the other traditions, but there are WAY too many. But one of my favorite traditions of all time is waking up at the butt-crack of dawn and watching the kids run out into the living room and seeing what Santa brought them. Then the fun of opening presents and eating the candy from the stockings.  Then eating Christmas brunch and taking a nap (or trying to... depending on the loudness factor of the toys that the kids get).  

Happy Holidays everyone! May it be a safe and blissful one to all  


"It was my love that did us both to death. " -Sylvia Plath

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5 posted 12-17-2000 07:53 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Nan? I'll pass on everything but the lobster bisque....(glogg, eh? and I thought I'd tried EVERYTHING)

My favorite mom-to-be?  Gotta tell ya...the only thing I can think of now is "the butt-crack of dawn"--very vivid visual, that...lol
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Exactly Karen - that's one fifth PER PERSON.  


... of course we get another for lunch, and another for dinner...
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7 posted 12-18-2000 03:44 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Chris?

Omigod? What's yer mama's maiden name?

Rofl?...naw...positively CACKLING...
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8 posted 12-18-2000 05:44 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Well.....i don't know about traditions. I usually wake up at 1pm on christmas day....for me it's like any other day except i know i'll have something under a tree for me. hehe



I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I hate your socks. I'd like to burn them!

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9 posted 12-19-2000 11:12 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I have a typical West Virginian Christmas...

My father has 10 brothers and sisters, all of whom have children (and a few grandchildren). On Christmas Eve, we all pile into my grandmother's single wide trailer! (I'm dead serious) We used to meet in a larger house when I was really little, but the house burned down the 23rd of that December, so that tradition went up in smoke. (My grandfather also died that day. He was a wonderful singer, so the tradition of singing carols died with him) There are so many of us that we draw names instead of buying for everyone. We don't have normal Christmas food, either. We have hot dogs and chips. When I was younger, one of my aunts had some horses, and we would ride them through the mountains. They had to move to NC, though, and they sold the horses.

After we come home, my sister and I (still!) stay up all night watching "A Christmas Story" (AKA- "You'll shoot your eye out!"). At about 7 AM, we get up and open presents. If the presents are any good, we'll stay up and check them out. If not, we go to sleep until about noon. Then we go to my mother's family. My mother only has two sisters, and one lives in Ohio, so it isn't the chaotic scene from the night before. I get gifts from every person there, also!   We have your typical Christmas dinner there, with a couple of diebetic pies for my cousin. After that, my uncle (a preacher) will usually have something to preach about for 39473473 hours, so my cousins and I sneak off somewhere and talk about what happened in our lives in the past year.

I know that this is really strange compared to most people, but Christmas wouldn't be the same without any of it.

"Where there is great love there are always miracles" -Cather
"Love heals everything, and love is all there is"- Zukav


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One tradition I keep is to buy a new ornament for my Christmas tree. It has to have some significance for the past year. Sometimes (as I have for the past 5 years), I'll buy 2 ornaments that remind me of someone I care about and give them one and keep one for my tree.

There are no two ornaments alike on my tree. And very few 'normal' ones. I have some that are over 50 years old (inherited from my ex-in-laws), some from when my kids were little (string, glitter and construction paper) and the ones that created memories for me: the miniature Harrod's bag to signify my trip to England, a penguin - for my best friend Martin; a copper sun for a Jenn; a hand-painted 'loon' ornament; a few chicken ornaments that my kids gave me; a writer's 'pen' - to symbolize my writing... and the list goes on. This year, I haven't found the ornament - maybe this week. I'll let you know.  
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"HEY!!!" (for the proper mental inflection of that line, think of a Charlie Brown/Snoopy reunion...." grin...

Miss you terribly.

And Lovebug, I thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for...the love is quite evident, and I thank you twice.

and Dopey? waking up at one, IS your tradition, thus far...hugs, and happy holidays!!!

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12 posted 12-20-2000 03:14 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

Well thankfully my Christmas traditions are not as chaotic and stressful and as many days as my Thanksgiving, but none-the-less...Lets see...This year will be a little different since Christmas Eve is a Sunday so my play by play will be for this year =)

Sunday morning I will get up and go to church from and after 'social hour' after church I will come home and make sure I have gotten ALL shopping done!  At 6 that night we have a candle light service at church and following that my fiance and I will be heading over to my Aunt and Uncles to meet with my entire family (well all that live in Cali that is) and we will celebrate my finace's and my oldest cousins fiance's birthdays (both Christmas Eve...or as they would like to call it, Jessmas and Joshmas)  then we will have our Christmas together.  I will then come home and curl up by the fireplace and read a book and soon retire to my room.  Christmas morning my roomate will wake up at around 6:30 and casually (being hilariously abnoxious) wake up Kelli (4) and Erik (7) and then his wife and I so that we can all go to the living room and do the present thing =)  At 7:30 (a.m) I will be ariving at my mothers house where Santa has left me a second stocking full of kewl stuff and a house with 5 children, 2 dogs and my parents and we will opem presents...I will then come home and take a shower and head over to my fiance's house where Santa left me another stocking then Jesse and I, his brother and his girlfriend will all exchange gifts at noon.  Then from there I will be going to my Godmothers parents house until I get sick and bored and head back to Jesse's house for our Christmas buffet with his family that lasts from 1:30-6 or so then he and I will head down to my step-fathers ex-inlaws (dont ask very confusing story) house for more presents and food.  When I get bored there LoL, I will then head home where 2 darling children will share with me for hours what they got for Christmas and con me into playing something with them, and while they are passing out in front of a movie I will retire to my room and not want to wake up for a year =)  And thus ends my Christmas tradition (thank God)!!!  If you thought that was chaotic, you should hear my Thanksgiving ritual LoL.  OK I wore myself out now, goodnight!  =)

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13 posted 12-20-2000 08:52 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Sharon, how about making a Passions ornament??

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14 posted 12-20-2000 08:59 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Cool Idea!!!!!

I'll look for a white round ornament and paint the Passions blue logo on it (no infringement right, Ron?)  
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I'm the same as you Sharon...I buy one or two different items to put on the tree every year and I've been doing that since I was 21...it's strange to discover them again each year and the associated memories with each..

Some of them are: drums with teddy playing them, a Venetian lacy heart, a harp with angel playing, mice eating presents, the fairy, (could never find the one I wanted till last year)...I'll think of it when I dress the tree Christmas Eve..

I always try to support either a hospital or children's home when time allows and this year I'm doing both...Great Ormond Street Hospital....it's our famous London Children's hospital or GOSH as it's known.. and I'll spend some time with my local little terrors..*g*...I love the way Christmas Eve is the only time they go to bed when told and try to keep their eyes open but never manage it and the look of delight on their faces to know that Santa didn't forget them...

HUGS
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16 posted 12-23-2000 05:09 AM       View Profile for Paula Finn   Email Paula Finn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paula Finn

our best kept tradition is combined with my sons birthday...we always get our tree on his birthday...and then his friends help decorate the tree at his party...another tradition is something we call secret pals...at our family Christmas party we draw names, and for the next year we give little gifts every month...nothing big...sometimes just a card or candy...a more elaborate gift for birthdays or anniversaries...then when Christmas comes around again we have our "unveiling" and find out who our pal has been all year. Its a fun way to keep in touch, and its a blast finding goofy gifts and keeping it all a secret from each other
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17 posted 12-25-2000 04:36 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Tonight? I am sort of at "odds"...my kids? well...they know where the presents actually come from...and...no more santa, here at my home...sigh...(that's ME!!!) and i promise you all? I would keep going until I BELEIVED in Santa.....and ya know? Santa must be real..because here I am...doing it anyway...lol..blowing up a punching bag...and the only smoker in the house too...geez...but I put on lip gloss, so I look good doing it...lol....j/k folks...love you all, from one unserene elf t'nite...

HO ho HO?
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No traditions, no tree, no one here but me.. where is Christmas? When does it start..oh, yes, there it is..right there in my heart.
 
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