Just like Jason when I was a child we we're let loose in a store and we
shopped from our siblings with a set price per gift. We would sometimes
conspire with another to get a gift we wanted like a baton so we could learn to
twirl. But our biggest tradition was the arrival of Mrs. Claus on New Years
morning. With six kids in the house it always seemed that at least one child
would not get all the gifts that our mother claimed should have been under the
tree. So by New Year's morning Mrs. Claus would have found the gift and it
would be waiting under the tree. I kept Mrs Claus alive in my traditions with
my kids. Even when there is not lost gifts Mrs Claus brings a few fun things.
Sometimes when my kids were small I would pick out a few gifts to hold back from
Christmas just so that Mrs Claus would have something to bring. My kids are
grown now but they still have the traitors in their homes.
Ouster soup, I don't remember how long or when we started it, over 30 years
ago. I learn last year that ousters are a French tradition on Christmas.
Much like the first individual from the southwest, our tradition started over 70
years ago. It was something my mother brought her family, flat enchiladas with a
fried egg on top, that has to be done one at a time. This tradition has spread
throughout the family and was for the first time cooked and served by a third
generation to the original grandparents. Tamales are also a tradition that was
added and when they were not to be had, a new tradition of learning how to make
them begun. Traditions can be added to, so with the added action version of the
12 days of Christmas, the re-enactment of the nativity, along with a reading of
The second chapter of Luke every Christmas morning,, the love of Christ and
Christmas traditions keep us all tightly knit in feeling family warmth across
When our youngest was small, he did not like Christmas dinner. He did not like
hot, mashed potatoes, green beans made him gag, turkey and dressing looked plain
awful to him. We started a Christmas eve tradition, a meal that he could enjoy.
We had hamburgers, french fries and root beer floats. No more sad little boy
without a special Christmas meal. He passed away unexpectedly at a very
young age, almost 5 years ago. But we still have the Christmas Eve hamburger
and french fry tradition. He is still a part of our Christmas!
Our family, who lives in the Southwest, love our tradition of tamales and other
mexican food for Christmas eve. Even our grown children who are away from home
still have Mexican food for that special day. Then we snuggle in and watch
Christmas movies and each family member gets to open one gift. The rest are
saved for Christmas morning after Santa has left his exciting loot for each
child. My own family had few traditions beyond a tree and a big dinner- so, we
had to create our own version of tradition. Many of our friends do the same
thing- and it gives the entire family a sense of tradition going forth for
generations. Merry Christmas everyone. Blessings to each of you who read this.