Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging. It is now Day 2 and we get to talk about Christmas Traditions! My favorite part of the holidays is all the traditions that come along with them. Every family has different things they do with each other, so here is what my family does together!
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Day 2: Favorite Christmas Traditions New or Old
Growing up in a Portuguese/Canadian household means you have a gigantic family. So Christmas gets split into two days. On Christmas Eve we gather at my Vavo’s house (Portuguese grandma). My Portguese family is huge and still growing as now all the cousins are getting married and having kids. Here’s a little insight to how big it is.
My Vavo has 6 children. Each child is married, so that’s twelve aunts and uncles. Now 5 sets of those aunts and uncles have 2 children each. That is 10 core cousins (including me and my sister). I’m not done yet. Out of those 10 core cousins 6 of them are now married enlarging the core cousins to 16! Among the married cousins there are 11 kids. So imagine 40+ people in my grandma’s tiny house having dinner, playing games, opening presents, and talking over each other. It’s quite a loud and long night!
When we get home we have a tradition where we each get to open one present before bed. Then we sleep, Santa comes, my parents are usually the first to wake up, then myself. (My sister no longer lives with us, but if she did she would be the last to wake up). We start with our stockings, and then move to the tree. Once all the gifts are opened, my dad makes the traditional Christmas morning breakfast. This includes eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, and waffles!
Now on Christmas Day we head over to my other grandparent’s house (Canadian side). Here there is not as many people thankfully. But oh boy do I love all the baked treats my grandma and aunt make. We have dinner, play games, and drink till we’re merry!
Unfortunately when the night ends, so does my happiness because it’s back to work on the 26th! The biggest sale day in Canada (Boxing Day). It’s even bigger then Black Friday here!
So if you have stuck through that whole story then I applaud you! There are many other traditions that occur over the month of December that I love, but Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are my favorite of them all!
Let me know what some of your favorite traditions during Christmas are! See ya tomorrow for Day 3!
Until next time,