I was talking to my best friend Grace recently about families and what makes them unique. We came up with the idea that family “traditions” are those little things that give each family their own signature. And what better time to celebrate and bring attention to those traditions then during the holiday season.
One big thing for Christmas Eve is that my brother Hunter and I spend it with my dad. We go to Fleming’s for dinner and have for at least 5 years. Then, we head back to his place to open presents. This year is actually the start of a new tradition though; this year the table at Fleming’s will include my Dad’s girlfriend, her two daughters and one of their boyfriends.
Christmas day in the Ackerman family is much more low key. Hunter and I head over to my moms, still in our PJs, and open gifts and eat a huge breakfast with our Mom and Grandmother. We usually sit around and watch Christmas movies all day or play board games – the important thing is that we relax and we do it together. We also have a Thanksgiving-style dinner Christmas night. In my family food is an integral part of any holiday so we pull out all the stops!
And then one tradition that has fallen to the wayside since Hunter and I are grown is that we used to get new PJs every Christmas Eve and wear them that night. I think that’s a must when I have a family of my own.
Whether your family traditions are new or older than you can remember, know that they are what helps create memories for you and your family. So this year, keep the ones you’ve got or be bold and make a new one! The important thing is the time you’re able to spend with your family and the good times you’ll always remember.
Justin is a 23 year old senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is working on his bachelors in English and looking for Mr. Right. You can read more about his escapades in dating at his personal blog, "A Gay College Guy in Virginia".
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