A Family Tradition
When I was a kid my dad drank a lot (okay he still does but thats besides the point lol) One Christmas eve he decided to stay at bar instead of coming home. (This is NOT a sad story!) Well, there were six of us kids and Mom was with us waiting eternally for dad who kind of wasn't exactly rushing home. Mom felt awful and to amuse us made up a game that ended up being one of the most valued memories/traditions I have. To stop the fighting and whining she was let us open our stocking presents.
We were pretty poor and lived in this really kind of dumpy house but the living room was massive and on one wall was a HUGE white brick fireplace with a raised hearth. Mom kicked ass decorating and there was a huge candycane across the mantle that held the 8 stocking securely, lots of pine and holly etc... It was so festive. So one by one she made us stand on the hearth and sing a Christmas Carol/song. When we finished, we were allowed to open one stocking gift. Well, there were six of us so it took hours!! lol Dad finally came home, we ate, we laughed, we cried, it became a part of us and we all lived happily ever after! I now include it in my holiday celebration and even though it wasn't a fond enough memory for my spouse and I to crank out 6 kids, lol, it works just fine with two!
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