Christmas Traditions

I love traditions. I love the feeling of familiarity, the anticipation, and the excitement when you know what’s around the corner. We have many traditions as a family, some which began when I was a little girl: wakeboarding and tubing in the summer, staying in a cabin as a family every Labour Day weekend, eating dinner at The Keg every time my Aunt and Uncle come to visit, and many more. But some of my very favorite traditions happen at one of my favorite times of year – Christmas.

I remember being a little girl and looking forward to Christmas time so much. My Aunt would come and visit for a week, and every night we would play board games and card games after dinner. On Christmas morning, we always teased her about waking up earlier to open gifts together – one morning, we even tossed rocks at her window to wake her up! We would receive a new pair of Christmas PJs  and tree ornament each year, a book from my grandfather … and we would have cod fish cakes on Christmas morning! That was one of my Mom’s traditions when she was little … and unfortunately, we never really took to it!! One year, my Dad decided to start a new tradition of waffles, sausages, and bacon. Now there’s a breakfast tradition that I can get behind (sorry Mom!). Over the Christmas holidays we would decorate the tree as a family, make homemade Christmas cards for our friends and family, and for the past few years, celebrate Christmas Eve with the famous Seafood Dinner! The reason I look forward to Christmas time so much each year is because of these traditions – these shared memories and experiences with my family, and the promise of many more to come.

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