What most people look forward to and remember every holiday season isn’t the gifts…okay, not just the gifts. 🙂
Regardless of what you celebrate, you probably eagerly anticipate the traditions and memories created as you enjoy time with family and friends or even time alone! Heck, alone time is often needed, especially afterwards, because you know it’s only a matter of time before we are done with the family gatherings. LOL
What I especially like are those who create their own traditions and go beyond the traditional flare of the holidays that become their unique and special way to celebrate!
My Family’s Holiday Traditions and Fun Filled Memories
We’re a simple family who enjoys fun and a bit of friendly (and sometimes aggressive) competition so holidays are another excuse to pull out the board games, cards, dominoes, and trivia to test each others’ wit and prowess since the last time we were together. Nobody keeps score because we make up our own rules and it’s more fun this way! Besides, after drinks have been ingested, the score gets lost anyway?! LOL
I will also admit I “practice” beforehand by stimulating my mind’s creative juices first….shhhh 😉
The Rerun That Never Gets Old
My mom, bless her lil heart, will watch 2 movies over and over again if you let her – It’s a Wonderful Life and This Christmas. I love This Christmas too so it ends up being a good time watching it together.
Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread
But when I was younger I never questioned why we had black eyed peas and cornbread every year for New Year’s Eve (and of course leftovers on New Year’s Day; my mouth waters as I await 12/31 for this goodness!).
But as I got older, I started to hear about more people who do the same. What’s the big deal? Luckily, we live in the Information Age so I took it to Google to see what this phenomenon was all about.
Did you know that people believe eating black eyed peas and cornbread on New Year’s gives them good luck? Guess that’s why I’ve been “lucky” all my life eh? LOL
Rooted in southern tradition and superstition, New Year’s Day (or Eve depending on who you talk to) wouldn’t be complete without it.
Weaving in Superstition
As my mom is uber superstitious (yes, this is the same woman who made my brother and I go back around a pole if we had split it), I’m not surprised she has taken on the black eyed peas and cornbread tradition. Fortunately I love them both!
Superstition has also weaved its way into our holiday tradition in other ways. My mom, love her sweet heart, is also the one who will have a man be the first person of the new year to walk in her house. Don’t ask!
She also believes you should have money in your pocket as the clock strikes 12 so you won’t be broke all year.
Ma, if you’re reading this, no judgement. LOL
It’s okay…Moms and I have these discussions every year!
Some of you already know this, but I’m a big kid. I used to love making snow angels; however, we haven’t had snow (on Christmas at least) in several years and by the time it does fall, I often don’t catch it fresh. Who wants to make snow angels in dirty snow!?
Think back: what are some of your favorite holiday memories?
One of things I remember most was when I got an electronic typewriter and I was soooooo excited. Y’all, I thought I was the bomb! I typed on that thing almost every day acting as if I was writing a book (forethought possibly?). #nerdalert
Oh and for those younger folks reading this, this was before most households had computers!
As of late, I look forward to my niece and nephew enjoying their very own bottle of sparkling grape juice as if they’re royalty. When they were little, they wanted what the adults were having – champagne and often other liquors – and were told they couldn’t have any. So we started buying a bottle of sparkling grape juice for them to share. Well, that didn’t fare well as it only last for 2.5 cups. Nowadays, we get them their own bottle and it’s pretty hilarious to watch the whole process – from buying (it can take forever for them to choose as if they are buying an expensive bottle of wine) to ingesting. Fun fun!
Speaking of kids, watch Comedian Kevin Hart share some funny holiday memories from his kids this year!
Video Link: http://youtu.be/l5rE9_EVvWc
Over to you…
Ahhh, the holiday season…it means so much to so many. However you celebrate, I hope it’s always enjoyable!
What traditions do you have? What are some of your favorite holiday memories?