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    Smile *What's your Christmas Eve/Christmas Day family tradition*

    As i was wrapping up some gifts yesterday, i got to wondering what everyone does for Christmas eve and Christmas day...

    Do you spend it with your extended family, parents and siblings or just you and your significant other and kids, if any

    I generally spend Christmas day with my brother and sister and their families, a small reunion if you will. Christmas eve for the past 6 years is always spent with my elderly neighbors. I invite them over to a grand home cooked meal and get them special gifts. They have always been there for me when i needed help, so i think this is a small way of showing my appreciation, and also i love them...they are really sweet people...

    So, what is your tradition?
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    FU That is so nice you a lot of people for get about the elderly especailly around the holidays.
    Well we usually go to my aunts house and spend time with my grandmother and grandfather depending where I am for Christmas Eve I will go to DH's mom's house for Christmas Day. Nothing extravagant just spending time with the family.

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    Great traditions guys!!
    I don't celebrate Christmas but for Eid, which is our Christmas if you will, we always have a month of preparation in Ramadhan. Traditions in Ramadhan include prayers at the mosque, taking turns to provide food at mosque after the prayers, shopping at night market for breaking fast food, breaking fast at least once with our group of close friends (one of the rare occasions for 7 couples plus kids get together) etc. While on Eid day itself, we always have a session with both families to sit down and formally apologise to each other for any hurts we have caused to each other after morning Eid prayers.
    After that, we take photos of the whole family and go out to visit neighbours. In the afternoon, we'll drive up to DH's village with my in laws to meet up with his grandmother and her 5 other kids, 30+ grandkids and; 30+ great grandkids and their families!! Most of them return for Eid and let me tell you, the amount of plates and food just boggles my mind
    The next day, after visiting the neighbours around the village, we drive back towards home but on the way back we'll stop at my grandmother's place and visit my side of the family which includes my dad's other 8 siblings and tons of my cousins and; their families! You can tell we have a huge family
    Since we celebrate Eid for a month, the celebrations just goes on and on...
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    Sounds like a fun time frbspa!!! Cherishing family is a very important aspect of life!

    Also, we don't celebrate Christmas either, but i love the holiday season and what it stands for (getting together with family, thanking god, giving gifts of appreciation to those you love and care about) . So not only do we celebrate our cultural festivals, we also celebrate all the christian festivals. I would like my kids to know and understand the significance of special days for all religions. So i make it a point to decorate for Christmas, buy gifts, have a Christmas eve dinner etc. It is these differences in cultures and traditions that makes the world such a special place
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    Mr BRS's family always has people over on Christmas Eve for oyster stew. Now I'm actually someone who LOVES seafood. But OMG that stuff is so gross! Yuck!

    My family doesn't have much of a tradition anymore. My dad has to work 2nd shift and a lot of the time he has to work on the holidays. This year he had to work both the day before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving day AND Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Then you factor in my brother's work schedule and my work schedule and whoever else and it just doesn't seem to work out all that well. So sometimes we end up having to do our gift exchanging separately.

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    So, do you eat the oyster stew BrS, or try to make some excuse to escape from it
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    Thank you Frbspa for posting -- I learned about Eid today !!!!

    On Christmas Eve my S.O. and I drive downstate (about 3 hours ) to spend Christmas Eve. with his mom , sister, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. We open presents , talk , EAT alot , and enjoy each other's company !!

    We then usually leave town by noon and come back home to celebrate w my Mom.
    My mom usually cooks a big dinner and then we open up presents in the evening.
    Last year our new neighbors stopped by for some desert and my brother's family stopped by after that for an even later desert !!!

    I always donate to two of my favorite charities also.

    This year I found the Angel Tree (thanks TexLatina) and bought a toy , a hat , some mittens and will run off to Target to get the young lady a top !!! I was so happy to see a tree put up at my local grocery store !!

    Oh and it has been a tradition from my S.O. to buy me a new purse or snazzy accessory . This will be our fifth year together. I HOPE this TRADITION LIVES on .. he he he

    Year one -- Dooney purse
    Year two-- Coach purse
    Year three - Louis Vuitton wallet
    Year four -- two Coach purses
    Year five-- ???

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    Hope you land a Marc Jacobs or Balenciaga or whichever brand you love this year Bex
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    Christmas Eve we go to Andrew's family's house and Christmas Day we spend most of the day with my family at my house. We don't have any exciting traditions. I usually open all my gifts on Christmas Eve though, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FedUp View Post
    So, do you eat the oyster stew BrS, or try to make some excuse to escape from it
    I will usually try to fill up on stuff from the veggie tray and rolls. LOL! I tried eating it once, I think, and it was just so gross. You bite into an oyster and that sandy grit squishes out into your mouth. For the last few years we hadn't been going over there for Christmas Eve because of my dad's work schedule. But it looks like we'll be going there this year since my dad has to work both days. :sigh:

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    @ FedUp --- I would not mind another Louis or getting my first Treesje -- but S.O. will not pay those prices !! I will most likely end up w a Dooney, Coach, or Michael Kors---- I pointed out a couple I liked when I was at the outlet mall w my mom. He may take his happy body over there this weekend.
    I also showed him some Coaches I would like through Coaches website ... he may just get to Macy's downtown and pick something out there ---

    I hope you get some nice goodies too !!! :)

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    ^^No problem Bex! One of the nice things about an internet forum is that we meet people from different countries, cultures, religion etc and it's great to learn about it all
    I love hearing about Christmas traditions too. Back home it's not widely celebrated and what ever I know, it's from tv and movies which as we all know, are sometimes not accurate.
    Hope you get a great bag this year
    bRs~ Sorry to hear about the oyster thing, maybe this year you can quietly feed it to the dogs?
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    frbspa - Hahaha! I'm not sure if my dog would want to eat it!

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    We always have Christmas with my parents on Christmas Eve, then we go to a holiday service. The next morning, the kids get up and go crazy and destroy the house. Then instead of cleaning, we go to my in-laws to open and get overstuffed with homemade noodles! I love having the traditions because I grew up an only child. So, while I loved Christmas, it was a little lonely.

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    I do Christmas Eve with just my son and husband. We usually let our son open his gifts from us, order pizza, or go look at Christmas lights, just a day to spend together as our immediate family. On Christmas Day, we go to my mom's and dad's,about ten minutes away, where my two sister's and their families, plus my grandmother all get together and open gifts. We usually do the gift opening first, kids first, then adults, with my grandmother being last, as she's the oldest. It goes youngest to oldest. Then we spend time just eating, and being together. Sometimes the kids play games, or whatever. We usually have a ton of sweets, and then Mom and Dad deep fry a turkey, and there is stuff for sandwiches and all kinds of finger foods like a Chick Fil A nugget tray, shrimp cocktail, and a vegetable and dip tray. We don't have a formal sit down dinner, everyone just snacks as they get hungry. We do our formal sit down dinner at Thanksgiving. We've tried it at Christmas, but everyone ends up loading up on other stuff, so the meal doesn't really get eaten. People pretty much come and go during the day then. We usually come back and forth and change into comfy clothes, etc. It usually is a nice relaxing day for everyone!

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