Thursday, December 18, 2014

Friday Five: Holiday Traditions


I can't believe that Christmas is less than a week away. This year has gone by so fast. I really wish this season never ended. People seem to always be nicer, the weather gets colder and the food is amazing. This holiday makes me realize how lucky I truly am. I have everything I could ever want and need. I have a loving husband and family, friends that I would do anything for, a job I love, two amazing dogs that love me unconditionally, a roof over my head, and a full stomach. This time of year also reminds me of some of my favorite holiday traditions, both new and old traditions.

  • BUYING A REAL CHRISTMAS TREE.  The day after Thanksgiving I begin decorating my entire house. I buy a real tree and get out all of my ornaments. I hope to never get over this tradition. It's so simple but it means so much to me. My parents always got us a real tree. Even if money was tight, somehow we managed to get a tree in. It may have been smaller than usual but we had a tree!


  • LISTENING TO CHRISTMAS MUSIC WHILE GIFT WRAPPING. My absolute favorite Christmas Album is by Mariah Carey. I have her holiday songs on my Pandora playlist and it just makes me so happy when I listen to her sing my favorite carols. 



  • SPENDING TIME WITH MY GRANDMOTHER. When we were younger, everyone would meet at my grandmother's house and celebrate the holidays. Those are some of my best memories. Unfortunately being far away makes it difficult to make it down. Our family celebrates on Christmas eve and it is an all day affair. 


  • WATCHING CHRISTMAS MOVIES WITH MY FAMILY. When I was younger as soon as December came around my father wanted to start watching Christmas movies. He didn't care if he had seen them before. All he wanted was to see any Christmas movie. My absolute favorite one is A Christmas Story. My mother doesn't speak English very well but whenever this movie came on she would watch it. Can't say she knew what was really going on but she always seemed to enjoy it. 


  • THE MAKING OF THE TAMALES. Like I said earlier, our family made Christmas Eve an all day affair mostly because of so much food that was prepared. One of the things that would take a long time to cook were the tamales. We held assembly lines to get the tamales rolling and as little kids we were expected to help out. All my aunts would get together and would reminisce on their childhood and share stories. These moments are the moments I miss the most. 



What are your favorite holiday traditions?

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19 comments:

  1. I love listening to Christmas music too while I wrap gifts. Mariah Carey's is one of my favorites. I also like the Nsync one...haha. -L

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    1. Not going to lie, I like the Nsync one too! lol

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  2. One holiday tradition we have is performing in our local "The Nutcracker." It's a huge time commitment but very fun and memorable. I can't imagine the holiday season without it now!

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    1. I've seen it live once and it was such a great time. I was thinking of going to see it this year with my husband but we happened to be out of town! :(

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  3. Oh those tamales would be so yummy. We also enjoy watching Christmas movies together and one favorite of the women is Love Actually!

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    1. They always are! That is actually my favorite movie to watch. I find myself watching it throughout the year too.

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  4. oh yes to the tree, the movies, the music and the family time. and i'll take a tamale too :)

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  5. Great traditions! We always get a real Christmas tree every year too!

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    1. I just can't get a fake one. I love the smell of fresh cut tree.

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  6. Daisy, I would do an awful lot for some homemade tamales, woman! I lived in Mexico for six months with a delightful woman who made them all the time...I got so spoiled! Now, they are just not worth eating because I don't know anyone who can make them at home (and good!) for me. :) I'm so jealous! I love fresh Chrismas trees, too...ahhh, that smell. It just makes Christmas, right? Have a great weekend and a wonderful holiday!

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    1. It totally makes Christmas! I don't know what I would do if I couldn't eat some tamales during the holidays.

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  7. I'm not big on Christmas music but Mariah Carey kills that song-I love it

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    1. Yes she does! Her voice is pretty amazing.

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  8. Homemade tamales sounds like a fun/delicious tradition. I also love Mariah Carey!

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    1. Yes it is a great tradition! The best part of course is eating them :)

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  9. We have a lot of the same traditions. One of the traditions my husband and I do every year is go out into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree. It seems like every year we have a tree that is unique and that has a lot of character. I love walking around in the snow and warming up with a latte. ☺

    I am also big on Christmas movies, music, and wrapping gifts. I definitely take my time with gifts and usually have a movie playing in the background or Christmas music echoing throughout our house. Lately when I am blogging, I have been listening to Christmas music as well. It just always gets my spirits up!

    That is so nice that you spend some time with your Grandma. My grandparents live a ways away, so I only get to see them every so often. My grandma is a firecracker – lover her!!

    Enjoy the days leading up to Christmas!!

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    1. I haven't gone to a Christmas tree farm but I have always wanted to. I also have music or a Christmas movie playing in the background during gift wrapping. I love this time of year!

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  10. I was just telling my husband that we need to introduce our kids to that movie. I love it.

    And I love tamales! I can imagine that's an all day affair!

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