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Advent 11 - Quote

It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.

Caroline Kennedy

Posted at 11th Dec 2018 - 10:37AM   Posted by Faith   Advent 11 - Quote Comments: 7

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Camilla's Avatar Yes I second that one Faith.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Dec 2018 at 11:15AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar So which family traditions have you kept up into the next generation?

Our stockings were not hung on the chimney (tiled fireplaces aren't conducive to hammering in nails) they were left on our chairs in the living room and we were allowed to open those as early as we liked. I still do that at home now with just HO and I.

Breakfast must be eaten by everyone before under the tree present opening commences... that caused a few problems getting my teenage brother out of his pit and fed before mid-day, despite him usually being the first to open his stocking presents around 3am!
We didn't have to be dressed though as there were often clothes as presents.

Father was the one to get the Broons or Oor Willie book in his stocking to save any arguments and you had to ask him if you could read it so he could make sure everyone got their fair turn.Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 11th Dec 2018 at 11:16AM

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Fennie's Avatar I have been trying for years to create a tradition of a civilised Christmas. But no-one listens to me. I mean why would they? There are far too many women in the family and as is generally acknowledged they cannot plan anything. I would like us to have a Christmas meal while we were all still moderately awake and moderately hungry. Instead what happens is that we have a spare breakfast and then tidy up, then mid-morning the troops arrive, the young folk and the even younger folk. We all have tea and then proceed to open stockings filled with comestibles. The comes a glass of champagne or other fizz. Then we open the under the tree presents until we are swimming in paper and ribbon. Then someone says we mustn't buy so many presents next year and we all agree and someone says would you like a mince pie and then someone says 'is that the time, I am an hour behind!' and we begin the clearing up, saving some of the wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, cards and what not.

At this stage, surrounded by paper, the better for a couple of glasses of champagne and immersed inn a good book which I have dug out I try to hide away but of course I have to help, to peel, to boil, to roast, to make gravy. Things are too hot or too cold or we've run out of them. The children are away with their tablet fairies and eventually we have lunch but after a starter of melon and ginger and a few crackers pulled everyone is full-up, so the Turkey find itself as out of favour now that it is cooked and it is put on one side to get cold. By which time someone has discovered the Turkish Delight and it is time to take the dogs home. So, after a driver's snooze, we stand at the door and wave them goodbye. Meanwhile the kitchen is awash with washing up and we look forward to the peace of Boxing Day and Turkey sandwiches.

Posted by: Fennie on 11th Dec 2018 at 01:44PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar I've just worked out this year it will be the 50th Christmas dinner I've shopped for and cooked! Shocked

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 11th Dec 2018 at 04:09PM

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Lampworkbeader's Avatar FN, us 3 girls used to be sent an Oor Willie book each year, but much to our confusion it came without a translation. Confused
My Caithness granny also always sent my mother a tartan apron and my dad a pair of hand knitted stockings. If I was very unlucky I was also sent a hand knitted fair-isle tammy which I made a fuss about wearing because it was scratchy.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 11th Dec 2018 at 04:16PM

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Faith's Avatar Poor you Lampie - believe it or not I have NEVER cooked Christmas dinner in all my 61 years of life. For the first 44 years or so I had Christmas dinner in my family home - same home - and dinner was cooked by my mother, or in later years my mother with my sister helping. When we have had Christmas dinner here in the cottage, Bill has cooked and I have helped.

Oh FennieLaughing - sounds much the same as most people's Christmasses I suspect.

Posted by: Faith on 11th Dec 2018 at 04:45PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar Stockings hung on the end of the bed, so you tried to stay awake but never managed it. That one has gone now, altogether.
Breakfast. Maybe a few presents opened. Off to Church, but not when we had the children as we went to midnight mass.
Turkey went in after breakfast!
Bits to eat eg smoked salmon with a glass of bubbly about 12ish and more presents opened, but I seemed to usually be the one who was putting things in and out of the oven or on the top. All the preparation was done the day before.
Turkey and all the trimmings as near to 1.00 as possible. Then - and this still happens - I disappeared to the kitchen, heated a good dollop of brandy in a pan, poured it over the Christmas pudding, lit it and marched at least once round the dining room table, curtains closed, until it went out.after the pudding there was port, crackers, crystallised fruits and nuts. All a bit rushed, usually, to get us to the radio in olden times, television nowadays to hear the King’s/Queen’s speech.
Then there might be a walk. If not the washing up with everyone helping, if they were old enough.
Then tea and Xmas cake. Then collapse into chairs, nowadays with the tele and sleep. Some have supper, cold ham but some passed and went on snoring

Posted by: Withy Brook on 11th Dec 2018 at 04:49PM

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