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    That is some serious holiday spirit.

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    If my family spoke to each other we'd probably still do something big. Now it's just dinner at my parents and midnight mass
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    I am jewish so our tradition is on christmas eve we go get take out Chinese food.
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    My grandma has like really fine china, like leave your credit card on the counter when you sit down. Someone ALWAYS breaks a fucking glass when they hand clean the 30 fucking sets, which always leads to a woman crying over it, more alcohol is consumed, which provokes more asshole comments, which leads to more crying...

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    I never understood expensive dishes. We have Fiestaware in assorted colors. I did that on purpose so it's always easy to replace something because it's really not uncommon for me to break dishes, glasses, pans... If it can be broken I will break it. I am almost literally a bull in a china shop. If my mom offered me her china and the fancy silverware I wouldn't even want to take it because I'm almost certain to break a portion of it just transporting it home.

    Thanksgiving weekend we went to an open house at our neighbor's antique store. It was absolutely fucking terrifying for me. I was afraid to move because everything was glass and expensive and the displays of expensive glass things were WAY too close together.

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    Because #oldpeople? I dunno my grandma has normal dishes, then boom like the most expensive and hardest to find out of production shit lol. They are like 84-85yrs old so people always try and lend a hand to keep them off their feet. I never do the dishes because of this, but i'll move furniture or setup the long ass table for my grandpa. Usually like 3 long sheets of plywood. I'll update this thread with a picture of the table on Christmas day, its retarded.
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    My wife has 50 cousins so you can imagine what an event with all of the family looks like. It only happens once a year and we usually have to rent a hall.

    As for China we have some stuff that is really expensive that both my wife and I picked out. I like using it, not scared at all
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    I inherited some china, it's been sitting boxed up for years because I don't have a safe place to store/use it.
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    Wasn't really sure how people were going to react to this thread... Glad to see all the different traditions

    Well for us... When I was younger and my grandparents were still alive the holidays rotated between my mom/Grandparents, my Godparent's house, or one of my aunts. No matter who was hosting dinner later on, my mom and I, my grandparents and 1 of my Aunts and her 2 kids would get together for breakfast and open presents.

    Fast forward many years, weddings, deaths later and we still have some of our traditions... we still do breakfast in the morning with the same family + kids and significant others. We still get together for dinner, albeit a much smaller group, we go to the holiday pops, and sometime in December about half the imediate family heads to NYC for a weekend.
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    I totally forgot the gingerbread house for some reason, we always made it from scratch so I never knew kits existed until I moved out here.

    Now that I think about it, I should probably make one this year. Have a set of cutters, so I may as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by splatt View Post
    I totally forgot the gingerbread house for some reason, we always made it from scratch so I never knew kits existed until I moved out here.

    Now that I think about it, I should probably make one this year. Have a set of cutters, so I may as well.
    Oh yeah we used to do a gingerbread house as a kid too. Have not continued with that tradition tho
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    back during the years of the huge gathering at my grandparents they made a gingerbread house too. A huge one (because that's a theme). They made a model of my grandparents house one year, full 3 story house. Thing was like 3ft tall.
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    They made a model of my grandparents house one year, full 3 story house. Thing was like 3ft tall.
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    Man a lot of you guys go all out. When I was younger we used to have dinner and have a bunch of people over my uncle's house on Christmas eve, he used to have an awesome snow village display set up and cook a big buffet style dinner, then they let the kids open one present. Then all sorts of family stuff happened, people died, people don't talk anymore, people moved away, and now it's pretty much me and my mom go over there with my aunt uncle and cousin, no display, still delicious food though.
    Used to go either cut down a tree or buy a precut one when I was younger and decorate it and all that jazz. I think ever since we moved to Wilmington when I was 16ish we had a tree once, maybe twice. Last year I set up a fake one and put a few lights up on the house because there was no trace of anything Christmas related at all. This year I wanted one of those 8 foot inflatable Abominable Snowmen from Rudolph since he's my favorite character but I'm going to wait until I have my own house to go full Clark Griswold on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpoppa822 View Post
    This year I wanted one of those 8 foot inflatable Abominable Snowmen from Rudolph since he's my favorite character but I'm going to wait until I have my own house to go full Clark Griswold on.
    My step dad does nothing, and my grandfather always did lights when I was younger... I used to do some small lights when it was my mom and I. I started putting lights up a few years ago. Such a pita thinking of cohesive light designs.

    Also a Gingerbread house family here too. My mom used to buy them pre built, then when we found the kits I started assembling. I made them a couple times, they are such a PITA to build from scratch, rather spend the time cooking food or baking
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    Forgot gift stuff. My parents always put a new book of some sort(was always fox trot/the far side/calvin and hobbes or similar for me) on the foot of our bed while we were sleeping, so we would wake up and read that instead of rushing downstairs to wake everyone up and open presents. Then we'd do normal stocking and present stuff. Then when 12th night came around we'd all get another small present.
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    It's cool to see so many family traditions, present day would lead you to believe family events are history...

    As a kid:

    I would spend Christmas eve with my moms side of the family, which was grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Then on Christmas morning I would spend time with my dad and do the whole presents/breakfast thing. Afternoon was Christmas at my moms and evening was Christmas at my others aunts and other grandparents. It was great to receive many gifts and see people but it was tiring. Such is the life of a separated family.

    Present day:

    Being that I love family, but loathed traveling across the state to visit everyone we implemented a process where we spend Christmas eve with my moms family (all of them) and Christmas afternoon with my dad and family. The morning is reserved for my son and wife + mom who comes up from Florida every year.

    We have an 8 y/o so we decorate, but nothing too crazy. A real tree, outdoor lights and some little decorations throughout the house.

    The one tradition I loved which my mom does with Joshua (our son) now, make a gingerbread house.

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