December 17, 2013

Christmas Traditions-Christmas Eve


In exactly one week from today a lot of us will be making memories with our families around the Christmas tree and stuffing our tummies with AH-mazing holiday foods.

In honor of the one week countdown to Santa Ho-Ho-Hoing and all that jazz, I thought I would share with you my families Christmas Eve traditions.

Every Christmas my my parents and I travel down to Alabama where the rest of my family lives. We all gather at one family members house which means the festivities have begun. 

My family is a big, loud, southern family. They actually wrote the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" after my family but instead of it being My Big Fat Southern wedding they changed the name to protect our future decedents from horrible humiliation at our shenanigans. {:Instead of Windex, my mom has literally put Pine-Sol on a dudes face when he got a cut-see, told ya! I just can't make this kinda stuff up.:}

So back to Christmas Eve. When you walk in the door you are greeted with a roar of laughter and conversation going on in about ever room of the house. If your a newbie, the first question you will be asked is who you side with- Auburn or Alabama. This pretty much causes allegiances in the family and forces you to take a side. Once enemy lines have been drawn, one of my uncles will probably give you the tenth degree, simply because he is weird and twisted and enjoys making people feel uncomfortable.


After the inquisition you would be forced to take tons of pictures-ones with your family {:or the family you came with:}, with your husband/boyfriend/fiancĂ© {:or in my case your dog:}, and more pictures with whatever other random groups they pick out. 
{the young-sidh cousins:}

{:My familia:}

 {:The girl youngish cousins:}

After we torture you with pictures, then you'll have a few minutes peace while one of the younger cousins reads the story of Jesus' birth, we pray over the food then dig into some of the most amazing food on the planet. We may be loud and crazy but one thing my family can do is COOK. You will not leave hungry, promise. Buuut you will have to sit at the kiddy table if you come with me because somehow at 27 years old I have never left the kiddie table.

After our food settles you will then be forced to play our families favorite Christmas game. I don't actually know the name of the game we simply call it "the box game." {:Original, I know.:} If you play you pitch in a couple of bucks for the prize at the end. 

There are 5 to 6 boxes wrapped inside of each other, but the trick is they are wrapped with packing tape. Those playing the game sit in a large circle and roll a dice one at a time. If you roll doubles, you must put on a Santa hat, ski gloves, and a scarf then start tearing into that gift. Meanwhile, the dice keep going around the circle so you are very likely to be choked while opening the present and someone snatches the hat, gloves, and scarf away from you {:just consider this initiation into the family:}. But don't worry, you don't need to worry about winning the money because that is usually my job, and I make no apologies.



Well, now that you know what really goes down at our Christmas Eve family bash who's going to be my guest this year?
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2 comments:

  1. Aww Christmas Eve with your family sounds like so much fun!!! I love the box game--genius!

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  2. Sounds so fun! We don't have a ton of family here... but we always do Charlie Brown Christmas on Christmas Eve! Love it!

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