My Favorite Holiday Memory | NaBloPoMo

 Today's NaBloPoMo writing prompt is,
"What is your favorite holiday memory?"

I have to say that there is no one memory that stands out in my mind.  I love holidays because I get to spend time with my family.  There were actually several holidays that I didn't even get to spend with my family.  I used to work retail in the town that I lived in, which was five hours away from home.  If you've ever worked retail, you know that the Christmas season is WAY TOO CRAZY!   We used to be at the store until 7:30 on Christmas Eve and then have to be back in the store at 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. the day after Christmas.  Needless to say, a ten hour round trip was not in the cards.  It would have been especially hard because I'm from a "broken" family.  Both of my parents were remarried, which actually caused me to have about six different places to go during the holidays.  I'm blessed that my family has always gotten along, but it's still a lot of family!

So, when I did or do get to spend time with my family it's great.

Now, I live seventeen hours away from home.  So once again I don't get to see my family on holidays.  I do get to spend time with my hubby's family on holidays.   They're pretty awesome and we have fun.  

I do have some favorite traditions now that I have kids.  When The Builder was younger, we began wearing PJs, making cookies, drinking hot chocolate and watching The Polar Express.  It was our thing that we did after The Future Fashionista went to bed and he could have quality time with just mommy and daddy.  That didn't last long because the next year Future Fashionista was big enough to stay up with us.  

I also love to wake up, make cinnamon rolls, and watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on Thanksgiving morning with the kids while I make my squash dish to take to my in-laws house. 

We also do Christmas Eve with my in-laws.  We now have a tradition of making Prime Rib and Pasta.  Then the kids open their gifts from Grandma and Grandpa.  We track Santa on Norad.  Then, the kids go to bed and Santa comes.  Usually, Santa and Mrs. Santa have had quite a few glasses of wine or beer by that point and we do all of our wrapping.  

So, I don't have any one favorite memory.  But, I have lots of traditions that I love and warm and fuzzy feelings about those traditions.

Do you have a favorite holiday memory?

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