There is no Santa…

Posted On October 2, 2009

Filed under family, life, self, The Spin Cycle

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Starting when I was about ten years old, my brother and I knew that there was no Santa.   My parents decided that we should start opening presents Christmas Eve.  Mostly because we had several places to go on Christmas Day and they didn’t want to have to rush through the present opening.  This has been our tradition for 16 years. Even after my grandmother passed away and we started inviting aunts and uncles to join us, it has always been our thing. 

Mom has always made something different on Christmas Eve because we were all so tired of turkey and ham from all of the holiday meals.  We have had lasagna, hot wings, tacos, burgers, and other crazy ideas throughout the years. 

This year, we are changing again.  We are having our dinner with everyone on Christmas Day.  It kind of feels like the end of an era.  It reminds me that we definitely aren’t kids any more.  All of the “kids” have jobs, spouses and kids of their own.  Its bittersweet to make this change.  I know we will still have non-holiday food.  And we will still play cards and video games.  Food will be thrown, people will be sat on, and laughter will be had.  Maybe it is the beginning of a new era, instead of the end of an old one.  Perhaps, it is both at the same time.

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5 Responses to “There is no Santa…”

  1. Sprite's Keeper

    I always mourn the loss of a tradition and yet look forward to a new one.
    Our Christmas Day will be spent traveling and I’m not looking forward to it, but am looking forward to seeing family.
    You’re linked!

  2. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    It is a bittersweet moment to switch up traditions – but I like the idea of it being the beginning of a new era, not the end of an old one.

    I think I’d like to come over to your house for Christmas Day to play cards and video games, throw food and have some great laughter. It sounds like the perfect day! 🙂

  3. Mama Badger

    It’s not the end of the tradition, merely the switching of the days. Another day of anticipation? It sounds like a fun holiday, though.

    We’re in a similar place. Due to the economy, not everyone will be in for Christmas. So, my MIL has decided to change the plan a little, to make it seem less empty (and focus more on the grandkids, I think). Sigh, growing up sucks.

  4. Life of a Stepmama

    Christmas just doesn’t feel the same when you are an adult and the traditions have to change to involve your ever growing family. We open all of our gifts on X-mas eve as well, and I love that. We also have a fun meal. We are going to be driving 12 hours to see the son on x-mas day. That is going to be fun, lets hope the weather isn’t bad!!

  5. Casey

    We only broke the Xmas Eve with my parents tradition after Graham was born since he goes to bed at 7:30 and that’s usually when the party is getting started. It’s SO weird to sit home and do nothing on Xmas Eve.

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