November 13, 2012
Michelle Miles: What are your holiday traditions?
The holidays always seems to sneak up on me, even though I know they’re coming. And then I’m annoyed Christmas stuff is up in the storesbefore Halloween has even come and gone.
I suppose that’s a tradition in itself. We know the decorations are going up before we take the kids trick-or-treating, we still grumble about it. I like to carve pumpkins every year for Halloween and decorate the house with all the fall stuff I have. We usually buy mums that die in a week or two. This year, I had a fog machine for added effect whilst handing out candy.
I have a neighbor a few doors down who put up Christmas decorations around the first of November last year. They’re the first one on the block to get their decorations up. Maybe that was their goal – to be first.
Me, I like to get through Thanksgiving. This year, we’re planning a big family get together at my mother’s (as usual) the weekend after Thanksgiving. We’re a large clan, so it’s hard to get everyone in one place on the same day. We’ve done this before where we have the holiday after the holiday and we stuff ourselves silly AGAIN. Apparently, I’m the designated cheesecake baker and if I don’t come bearing cheesecake, my nephews are unhappy. I’ll be bringing cheesecake this year. Except this year I’m going to foil them all and make red velvet brownies (they are TO DIE FOR).
One year, it was just me and the husband. My son was with his dad and the rest of the family was busy with the rest of their family. So I cooked my first turkey. We made dressing. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Now that I think about it, I watch the parade every year. Oh, and football. Thanksgiving Day is not complete without football! I guess those are some of my traditions.
The day after Thanksgiving, we buy the Christmas tree--a real one. I like to a real wreath for the front door, too. It smells so good. We put up all the Christmas decorations and deck the halls with lots of holly. And jolly. I think this year I’d like some wassail punch so we can wassail the day away while we decorate.
Anyway, then the next few weeks are full of all this build up to the big day. I spend that time finishing up the shopping, baking goodies and building a gingerbread house with my son. It’s our thing. We do that every year. Then Christmas comes and *poof* it’s all over. Just like that. Once all the presents are unwrapped, the new toys played with and the Christmas dinner consumed, I always feel a little sad that it’s done for another year. I mean, wasn’t it summer a few days ago?
And New Year’s. I confess I’m usually passed out before midnight. What can I say? I’m old and tired. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ;) In past years, the first was always depressing for me. I never much liked turning over a new year. But now I try to embrace the it as new beginnings.
Who am I kidding? I still don’t like it much.
As far as traditions go, my favorite one? Spending all that quality time with my most favorite people in the world. Everything else is just a bonus.
What are you holiday traditions?
Michelle Miles writes contemporary, paranormal and fantasy romance. She loves eating turkey, desserts, spending time with family, eating desserts, and watching football and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And eating desserts. You can find out more about her books by visiting her website at http://www.michellemiles.net.