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My Family's Christmas Eve Tradition

Updated on September 4, 2014

Christmas past

Since I was born my family has gone to my Grandma's for Christmas Eve. It is a great tradition that carried on when I had children as well.

We usually arrive in the early afternoon to visit and play games. My grandmother and whoever helps her cooks dinner which consists of ham and broccoli soup.

The family that comes is my cousins,aunts and uncles. We have been a close family. It is nice to get together and see everyone on Christmas Eve.

We usually try to get everyone a present and at the least the children get presents. When we open presents which usually starts after dinner, about 6 or 6 p.m. we start with the youngest first to the oldest last.

We have had funny times through the years but always it is enjoyable.

A Christmas Classic - White Christmas with Bing Crosby

Play it while you are here

Christmas Eve with my family - This is the late eighties

Fun Traditions

When I was younger we wore fancy dresses and everyone dressed up for Christmas (the 1970s)

We relaxed about how we dressed as the years went by.

I used to dress my girls alike some years like in this picture.

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera - 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Have a good camera for taking pictures. This is the one I have now.

Rose Parade

New Year's Day Rose Parade

Me with friends at the Rose Parade
Me with friends at the Rose Parade

My senior year of high school my friends and I went to the Rose Parade. We got there two nights before New Year's Day and stayed on the sidewalk, giving us front row seats.

The Rose Parade is in Pasadena, CA which was about an hour or so from where we all lived in Orange County, CA.

It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun.

Rose Parade 1988

Rose Parade 1988
Rose Parade 1988

Float at the rose parade

Santa Claus

Going to see Santa is another great pastime I did when my girls were younger. As teenagers they no longer want to go see Santa. They grow up in the blink of an eye.

This Santa visit was in a place in Lake Elsinore, CA called Tom's Farms. It is a fun place to go to and hang out.

One year when my girls were toddlers my stepdad dressed up as Santa with a bag full of presents for the girls. My oldest daughter was so amazed by the ordeal, but right away they both said Papa is dressed up like Santa.

It was fun and funny that they could not be fooled.

© 2014 Patricia

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    • Pawpawwrites profile image


      4 years ago from Kansas

      Christmas with family, is a great way to create some great memories.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      Family holidays make the best memories. It's so nice that you have the photos of your teenage years. Thanks for sharing a bit of something special with us.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I can almost taste your grandma's broccoli and ham dish. Family traditions are important and Christmas brings out the best of them. Thanks for sharing from your personal experiences.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Family and Christmas! That's the stuff good memories are made of. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Nice Christmas Eve tradition with your family.

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      cwstocks lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Christmas Past with us.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      How fun - a great memory of family Christmas traditions. I know what you mean about how it can be hard to find the Christmas spirit after a family member dies, but with time the spirit does return.

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      7 years ago

      LOVE all the photos! Your family looks like they have a lot of fun together. I grew up in the 80's too so it reminds me of my family photos back in the day. I've lensrolled you to my Family Christmas Traditions lens.

    • squid-pinkchic18 profile image


      7 years ago

      Very sweet lens here, wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing this! Blessed by another SquidAngel :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed reading this lens and seeing all those pictures...thanks for sharing. Seasonâs greetings and the best for the New Year! **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Barbara Isbill 

      8 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Praise God for close family and family traditions! Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      It's great to spend Christmas with loved ones, very special photos.

    • KokoTravel profile image


      8 years ago

      We all have Christmas traditions and it is always fun to hear what others do. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Makes me want to dig out the old family photos and get them scanned in. Years of memories, just sitting in a box. Enjoyed seeing your family Christmas.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      I enjoyed my visit here. Loved listening to David Bowie and Bing Crosby's version of the Drummer Boy. Thank you for the angel blessing for my How to Sell Zazzle Art lens.

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Love this lens with all these traditions and the whole family pictures! What a wonderful time I spent here and plan to come back again!


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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      This is a great lens, Families and holidays are wonderful together. Blessed by an angel!!

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      9 years ago from Western Mass

      very sweet. i love christmas eve.

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      9 years ago

      Hi there, I am going to lensroll this over to my Christmas Lens. Hope all is well for you.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Loved reading about your Christmas memories!

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      10 years ago

      Merry Christmas to you!

      Thanks for sharing these nice pictures and memories with us

    • KatherineClark profile image


      10 years ago

      Great Lens. Love your stories and pictures of your family. Thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago

      Merry Christmas to you, too. I enjoyed your pictures and stories! 5*s.

    • Karicor profile image


      10 years ago

      I do miss my family too especially at Christmas. But once they're all gone we have to carry on or create new traditions for our kids. I guess it means we've finally grown up. Thanks for sharing your Holiday traditions. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      Fancy Nancy and the The Teapot Dragon stopped by to wish you with Season’s Greetings!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice lens and story. I have a couple of Christmas lens I would appreciate your opinion on.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories with me. I loved seeing the pictures of you and your family.

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      10 years ago

      Holidays with Grandma were really important at our house! Grandma was pretty much the focal point -- when she showed up, usually Santa arrived shortly thereafter.

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      10 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your Christmas Past with us. Merry Christmas to you, I hope you have a very blessed one. Great Lens...

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      10 years ago

      Loved your story.I loved the pics. Cherish each moment and I hope you have a beautiful Christmas.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I like how your wishlist feed is showing up here. Looks really nice!

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      10 years ago

      Great story! I love to see the pictures through the years at Christmas, too. Children grow up, traditions change, but some things stay the same. My son always made "cereal mix", we call it "trash" , at Christmas - from about 6th grade or so, he assumed that job. Today I visited his home, and was immediately greeted by the smell of "trash" in the oven! He is over 40 now. But the tradition goes on in his own home. That's very affirming for a parent -- when our kids hold on to the childhood traditions. Made me smile!

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      10 years ago

      Aw. Loved your story. I hope your celebration this year is warm, happy, and loving beyond measure.


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