On the 30 year anniversary, my mother and her sisters announced they were turning it over to my generation. At that point we downsized: my mother is one of ten children, and with children and children’s children it had become too big. So now it’s me, my four sisters and our cousins in town, all the children (about fifteen so far) and a couple of aunts and uncles, who enjoy coming even more now that they no longer have to organize everything. We’ve opened our home to the party for the four years of its new version.
My wife finds my enthusiasm for this party surprising, as I’m not usually a fan of large family gatherings. But this is a tradition I loved growing up, and I want my children to know it as I did. I fully expect this party will become a 100-year tradition. If I’m very lucky, I may even be around to see it — I was three years old when it started.]]>
Your Jesus stocking is a cool idea, I love it, thanks for sharing.]]>
My other favorite tradition (besides eggnog, Carols, Advent and presents) is the Jesus Stocking. All of us take some time on Christmas Eve to write down what our gift to Christ will be in the coming year. Then we put it in His stocking. Each year, we re-read what we have written over the years and see if we did what we wanted to give Him.]]>