Friday, November 26, 2010
Thank you for doing such an awesome job on the last Fun Friday writing exercise! You shared some fantastic winter memories and survival tips. Well done.
It's getting close to December now, and for a lot of people, that means the beginning of the holiday season. To get us into the spirit of things, let's talk about holiday traditions.
What's your favorite holiday tradition? Who started it? If it came from your parents, do you carry it on for your own family?
It doesn't have to be a Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa tradition--if you have wonderful ways of celebrating Easter, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July, feel free to write about them.
For me, this question is easy. My favorite holiday tradition is the Christmas stocking. My parents always filled a stocking full of little gifts for me at Christmas, and around the time I was twelve, they decided to each do one for each other, too. However, it was quickly apparent that some people are better shoppers than others, as Dad filled my Mom's stocking almost entirely with golf balls that first year (pink golf balls, neon golf balls, golf balls in a plastic candy cane, etc.) After that, I was "hired" to do the shopping for both parents, and to this day, they each give me money and I act as the personal Christmas stocking shopper. No matter how busy I get, I always enjoy this task...it never fails to get me into the holiday spirit.
Part of our tradition is that every single stocking stuffer has to be individually wrapped. We save scraps of the previous year's wrapping paper for this. Then, on Christmas morning, we take turns opening the little gifts one by one. It usually takes us two hours to finish with the stockings, but it's so much fun. It is absolutely my favorite part of Christmas, and one I still look forward to like a little kid.
I can hardly wait to hear about your traditions. Happy Friday!
Posted by J.H. Moncrieff at 5:00 AM