Christmas with the immediate family (Mom, Dad, my sister, and I) in my house was a very special occasion. Until my sister got married, it always took place on December 23, because we had two family Christmas gatherings on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning was for Santa Claus and breakfast with my grandparents. Christmas Day was always a day when the family just spent together. We probably all have certain family holiday traditions. Over the next three days, I want to tell you about my family’s traditions. The posts for the 23rd, 24th, and 25th are all about things that my mother read to us as children, generally on the 23rd or the night before.
Our dinner on the 23rd was always a special meal. My mother used her fine china, crystal, and silverware only once a year, and this was the night. My mother prepared the meal, which began with shrimp cocktails and salads, then we usually had Cornish game hens, various vegetables, and real yeast rolls. Dessert was usually a homemade cheesecake. While my mother prepared the meal, my sister and I were to set the table. She would get out the Auburn Extension Cookbook which had the diagram above for setting the table, and my sister and I had to have it just perfect. We always had the meal by candlelight, and when we were finished, we then were able to sit in the living room, which was next to the dining room, and open presents (These were the presents that Santa was not going to bring us; Santa always brought the big stuff).
Since my sister has been married, we have move this tradition to Christmas Night, which seems more appropriate anyway. So what family traditions do you cherish the memories of?