I am a stickler for tradition. All of my best memories from the holiday are rooted in family tradition. In my opinion, tradition is so important in any family, but especially in my big fat Italian family. Unfortunately, not all the members of my family agree.
Who cares if we always open one present on Christmas Eve?
Why do we have to do a traditional Seven Fish dinner?
Let's not go to midnight mass.
You make the pizzelles, I'll just eat them.
Do we have to do the real tree again this year?
I care. Because it's tradition. We're going. We make them together. AND YES!
It's a full time job trying to stick to traditions in my family. But, I will stop at nothing! I continue each year to instate new traditions, keep up on the old, and force everyone to smile and jingle all the god damn way!
This year, I've decided on a few traditions I will be creating for the future.
1. Pitzelle Making. My mom and I always take a day and make all the Pizzelles for Christmas dinner and for gifting. But, this year it will be a Christmas-present-wrapping and pizzelle-making day. I can't wait! All while watching It's a Wonderful Life of course...
2. Girls Night In. The older you get the more money you have, right? Except when you're fresh out of college, or in grad school, or in an entry level job with a million student loans. So, my girlfriends and I do not exchange presents. We usually do a nice dinner out together for catching up and enjoying good wine and great food. This year, we are saving funds and doing a pot-luck in! Everyone brings a dish, their favorite bottle of wine with an awesome ornament hanging on the neck, and we exchange! I am already looking forward to next year.
3. Gingerbread Houses. How cute is a great Gingerbread house? This year, my rooms and I are going to have a Gingerbread-making, Grinch-watching marathon. I can't wait! (Yes, Nicole, this is happening.)
So, what traditions do you hold near and dear? Are you starting any new traditions this year?