I hope everyone is prepared for the holidays and has plans to spend it with family and friends. I wanted to share my family’s adopted holiday tradition. I hope all of you have a wonderful season and hope you get everything your heart desires.
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Christmas Garcia Style
I had grown up with many different traditions depending on which part of the family I spent the holiday with. However, when I became a mother, I wanted to create my own traditions. Marrying into a Mexican family, I adapted to some of their traditions and added some of my own from my family. We now have our own Garcia family traditions.
Christmas Eve is spent staying up late and eating a big feast at midnight. Sometimes we slave all day and make homemade tamales, or a Mexican dinner with bacalao and other traditional dishes, and other years we do the traditional Italian Seven Fishes Feast. My in-laws and my family all mixed in the same house makes for a ton of fun and noise. After our midnight dinner, we allow the kids to open their gifts from their aunts and cousins. But we try not to let them stay up too late, because, well, Santa has to come and he won’t come if kids are awake. This always had them falling asleep as soon as we tuck them in.
In the morning, the kids wake up crazy to see what Santa brought them. Early afternoon brings the family back to celebrate Christmas Day. It sort of serves as a resting day after being up so late the night before. And this allows the kids to compare toys and play until they fall over from exhaustion.
Being with family and enjoying their company is the best part of the holidays.