This year we traveled to Nevada and to California to visit our children to celebrate Christmas. When living in Cali we always went to our Son’s home on Christmas Eve and our Daughter’s on Christmas day. This decision fell into place as we “adapted” to our children’s growing families. As they became the Son and Daughter-in-laws we realized we needed to make life easier for them. This year we celebrated with each of them the same way as before but with a twist. We stayed with each of them for awhile.
We baked Santa Cookies with our Grandson and got him ready for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve. He was allowed to open one present from his parents on Christmas Eve, as were all the Grand Children. Just like our children, who were allowed to open their Christmas pj’s on the Eve of Christmas. Makes for cute Christmas morning pictures a tradition I copied from Mrs. Osmond Yep, Donnie and Marie’s Mother.
Christmas breakfast at our house was a family tradition passed on from my husband’s family. His Mother made biscuits with chocolate gravy for Christmas breakfast as well as for Easter and birthdays. On Christmas morning our Daughter went to make the gravy and realized she didn’t have the recipe…must have been misplaced during their move. She had to call her Brother to get the recipe, who had it handy as his wife was making the same breakfast.
Ironically, that recipe was passed down from her parents and was only made on special occasions. What was once a Depression treat has turned into family tradition.