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    Was reading a thread on Buzzfeed that reminded me of Kevblah's Christmas Light questions... and started wondering what everyone else's holiday traditions were... Decorating/Dinner/presents/etc
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    bahahaha kev and I were talking about this at dinner last night.

    I usually go skiing with the rest of the Asians and Jews over Christmas week/weekend. Everything else is standard American commercialism
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    I am usually playing for xmas eve and xmas day. this year I took xmas day off so I could hang with the kids. Other than that we usually end up at my inlays at some point on xmas eve.

    Other traditions of course include watching White christmas and Holiday Inn. Also the Peanuts Christmas is a tradition.
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    Most of my holiday traditions are food related, and a total pain in the ass to do for one person. Putting rum in your eggnog helps though
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    Quote Originally Posted by splatt View Post
    Most of my holiday traditions are food related, and a total pain in the ass to do for one person. Putting rum in your eggnog helps though
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    Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving. We'd go to get the tree the Saturday after Black Friday. It's decorated the following Sunday. My mom's birthday is usually the week after that. My parents have a xmas eve party that can get a little ugly in an entertaining way. Then we do Christmas in pajamas. I don't really participate in this one and didn't realize it was going on intentionally until last year. I just figured my family was a bunch of slobs. Dinner around 2, then across to the inlaws. Eventually home.

    I pretty much spend December at my parents' house. My wife gets pretty bitter by the end of it.

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    We had fennel plants and an abundance of seeds, so my mom always made springerle cookies.


    We'd also always do beef stew on christmas eve, and tamales on new year's day. It's a whole lot of work to make too much food for one person.

    Also, my dad and siblings and I would go out and cut a tree every year. It felt like it was always raining like crazy, so we'd be marching up and down the rows of this christmas tree farm in the mountains, getting stuck in the mud, and generally having a miserable time. It was awesome.
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    Doing Hanukkah dinner at my house tonight, it's always potato latkes, deli and kanes jelly donuts . Then my house again for Christmas Eve with chicken soup with matzo balls. And then the annual "dropping of the pants"

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    When my mom was still alive, we would host massive christmas eve party at the house in NH. Would go from 5p in the afternoon until whenever. Mostly picky foods, no real dinner. probably 100+ people would come and go throughout the night. I would go to midnight mass with my grandmother, and when we got back there would still be people lingering at the house, playing cards, pool, drinking, passed out, whatever. Ah the good old days.

    Then we would do a 'quiet' christmas day dinner with the immediate family.

    Lately, we've been doing to my sister's house for a scaled down version of Claire's Christmas (only about 40-60 people); and then Christmas day is split between my Aunts and the in-laws.
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    When I lived at home we'd go get our tree at Calareso's, which my sister was in charge of picking out. Then my dad and I would have to trim the base and for some reason, despite measuring 5 times, my mother would always be unhappy that we butchered it and now it was too short.

    Throw on some Christmas music and start going through the boxes of ornaments only an Italian mother would have that date back to the 50's and probably contain a good amount of lead in the paint that's now flaking off. I'm pretty sure that was around the time they were also painting shit with irradiated glow-in-the-dark paint. Wouldn't be a Scullin tradition if an ornament wasn't dropped or my sister and I purposely decorated the tree wrong so my mom would get annoyed with us (this continues still). After the first two incidents we learned to anchor the tree to the wall so the cats wouldn't pull it down. That was a fun night coming home through the garage and wondering why there's ornaments on the floor down here. Christmas mornings start with champagne.

    Now, with my wife who was raised Jewish, she was excited to get a tree since she hadn't had one growing up. So last year we to Calareso's in Reading to get a tree she picked out (probably a little big for our place), and got a bunch of ornaments from both our parents to start a collection from. We toss on the Christmas music and get good and drunk before starting to decorate. My parents got me an ornament that's the Family Truckster from National Lampoon's that plays music so that goes on first. Since we're only in our second Christmas living together we're buying an ornament each year. Last year it was a cello from Symphony Hall as we see the Holiday Pops as a tradition since we started dating. Occasionally we'll hit up a mall w/a restaurant attached and get buzzed and stumble through while people watching.

    Christmas eve used to be spent at my grandmothers when she was alive. Family and friends would pour in throughout the night and it was as nostalgic as you read about when it comes to those things. Lately we've split it up between other relatives houses but it hasn't been the same as the houses aren't as open and now the kids have s/o's families they go to as well. We try to split up seeing the families as best as possible. But her sister has hosted the past couple years and she's in Londonderry, NH so it's hard to get up there in time from my parents.
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    Great to read about everyone's traditions regardless of religious affiliation. This is one of the reasons I am so tired of all the commercialism attached to these holidays. It seems that it is less about family and friends and more about keeping the people buying. Sorry don;t want to derail this thread, I am just happy to see people still take the time to celebrate things.
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    Nothing over the top anymore. My immediate family does dinner in boston christmas eve and then walks around the common. Christmas day we go visit grandparents.


    Used to have a huge party at my grandparents on christmas eve. Most of the uncles and aunts would be there (dad was 1 of 7). Lots of food, drink, cousins terrorizing the house. I loved their house, it was 3 floors, huge, and had a variety of hidden cubbies and "passageways". From the 3rd floor you could even walk right out onto a flat section of the roof. When we were really young an uncle would take us out there to "look for santa" Usually we'd find a satellite that he'd convince us was him. A couple times one of my uncles would bring a huge cooler filled with snow with him from the local ski resort so we could have snowball fights when it hadn't snowed in MA yet.
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    Usually my entire dad's side goes to my grandmas, Xmas dinner is usually 25-30. Xmas morning everyone opens presents, its usually an entire fucking room filled with presents because of how many little kids are there. Xmas eve we usually wait till they goto bed and form a human conveyer belt to bring presents up from the basements. Lots of alcohol is required.

    its usually overwhelming, my aunt always puts vodka shooters in my stocking and happy medicine to get me through the morning lol
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    zero. don't even put up a tree. dinner at moms i hope?
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    usually have a sizable family party on christmas day

    but this year my parents are ditching us to go to vegas for xmas

    so probably nothing

    didnt even put up my christmas lights this year, thank god my tree was still up from last year
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    wait i put a fake tree with white lights on my front porch the other day. doesn't look too bad if i do say so. mostly because my new neighbors are the kind of people that would say holiday tree.
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    I have 2 trees up. We have one in the sun room and one in the living room. Just ended up with 2 trees along the way, so I set them both up.

    There's really nothing more holiday than multiple holiday trees. I like to do some holiday shopping on my laptop while listening to holiday music in front of the holiday tree. Holiday is my favorite time of the year.

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    Growing up, we went skiing a lot.

    Now my parents are in Florida, so the new tradition is that we go there about once every 2-3 years.

    Otherwise, it's a low key holiday with just family and very close friends.
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    Xmas Music is the quickest way to make me rage and kill everyone type thoughts.
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    I loathe christmas music. Probably PTSD from working retail in high school and listening to the same crappy songs over and over from november 1st to Christmas. We revolted one weekend and forced the manager to change the god damn music station.

    At the peak of my parent's decorating they had 4 trees. One huge (12-15ft) tree in the second story of the barn that they converted to a huge living room. One smaller tree in the downstairs main living room. One on the front porch. And one laid in an antique sleigh that my mom restored and puts out in the side yard every year. Trees for days.
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