Creating new holiday traditions

Growing up was all about holiday traditions. It was a given that every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve were going to be spent at my grandparent's house. I'll bet for the first 25 years of my life, this is how it went every year. But, time has gone by, much of that has changed. My grandfather passed away, my grandmother moved out of the house, most of us grandkids have families of our own now and several of us have moved out of state. Getting the family together in one place for one holiday would be difficult, for both would be nearly impossible.

When we first moved to Las Vegas, just my brother-in-law was living out here. Since that time he's gotten married, my wife's other brother has moved out here with his wife and two kids and my mother-in-law has moved out here as well. Since moving here 7 years ago, we've cooked Thanksgiving dinner at hour house every year. We've had family drive in from California just about every year to spend the holiday with us. This year was no exception as my Sister and her boyfriend joined us for the holiday.

So it seems that the new tradition is going to be to spend Thanksgiving at our house with family from near and far. This suits me just fine. For next year I would like to see about getting my parents out to Vegas for Thanksgiving along with a few nieces, nephews and cousins.

Christmas is a whole other story. For the past couple years we've spent Christmas morning together at our house with my in-laws and their families. This year we are tossing around the idea of traveling to California to visit family. That's still up in the air, though. I guess we'll play that one by ear.

This Thanksgiving was our first time trying a turducken. At first it sounded weird. But, I have to admit that I absolutely loved it. I'm going to lobby for the turducken to become a staple in our Thanksgiving tradition.

Happy Holidays my friends. I hope you are able to spend them surrounded by friends and family.


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  1. huntersdundee on November 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I live in Australia but had an American girlfriend and we started this tradition. I then had an american client and we continued the tradition. So yesterday Australian time we did the same thing. I think its a really good idea to stop and be thankful. It's one great american tradition.