Favorite Family Christmas Tradition {Guest Post: Live Delightfully}

 In case you missed it, I was over in Regina's hood yesterday, Live Delightfully, sharing my favorite Christmas family tradition. Annnddd since I was busy stuffing my face sitting at a Sonic drive-thru last night with the hubby {would you believe me if I told you I ate my first ever banana split?! And I even worked 4 years in college at a icecream shop! Crazy, I know} I didn't have much time to pull a post together. Soooo, here we are!
Well you are there check out her most memorable holiday tradition as well!
 {Me & my bros circa 1986.}

Christmas is absolutely my faaaaavorite holiday & that’s thanks mostly in part to the laughter & fond memories my family has continued to create over the years by playing board games. That’s right! For as long as I can remember, every Christmas Eve we’d get together with my mom’s side of the family.  Once we were finished stuffing ourselves with a year’s worth of ham and green bean casserole, us kids would quickly clear off the dinner table {okay, maybe we didn’t really help clear off the table} and bust out the board games. 

 {Image Source-So apparently we were too busy playing games to actually take pictures of us playing games. So use your imagination this is my siblings, cousins, and I planning our game strategy and for some odd reason we are doing it while walking in the cold.}

 {Here are some of us as BIG kids at Christmas a few years ago. 
I'm the one of the right. Not with the bald head}

We would play into the late hours of Christmas Eve and this annual tradition almost always resulted in light & fun family feuds or better yet moments that would go down in family history. Like for example, when Grandma or Grandpa would blurt out some rated-r irrelevant triva answer that left all of us simultaneously squealing “oooohhhh, grrrooss” & laughing hysterically till our sides hurt. Both my grandparents have since passed so these fond memories definitely make my heart smile.

 {Grandma & Grandpa 2002}

Over the years as we have grown older, our holiday get together has had to adapt to all the natural changes life brings a family; marriages, starting families of our own, & spreading out across the country {or even the world! One of my cousin now lives across the pond in London} But despite all these changes there’s still one thing I look forward to every holiday season & that’s the moment where my loved ones and I can all take a little break from life’s daily stress & strain & sit down, bust out a board game, annnndddd WATCH ME KICK SOME BUTT!!! 

So what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?


Unknown said...

One of my favorite holiday traditions is that instead of buying expensive gifts or doing a name exchange for the 24 nieces and nephews in our large family, we do stockings. Well, not really stockings because everything wouldn't fit but large gift bags. Anyone who wants to participate buys gifts for all of the kids in any price point. Then, on Christmas we distribute them between the bags and let the kids go crazy!

henning love said...

i love Christmas traditions and getting to experience them each year that is what brings family together more, the traditions and knowing that despite everything it is family that is truly the best part of life!

Unknown said...

this is so great! we always played games as a family, too I have some great memories of epic game nights! Now just need to decide which game to play this year...
Thanks for your sweet comment on Henning Love the other day on my Home Town post. I wish living in HI always felt like a vacation;)

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