After we'd have the big leftover lunch, my dad would drag out the fake Christmas tree that was tied together with twine and the big box of ornaments while my mama made cookies and apple cider. The Chipmunks along with Frank and Dean sang throughout the house those amazing old Christmas songs.
It'd take us at least an hour to sort the branches of the tree by the rubbed off colors that were painted on the wire stems. Then we had to plug those in while fluffing them. It'd take another hour just to do that. Then came the lights! Of course they were all balled up and we had to untangle them to plug them in and find the ONE bulb that was out so we could replace it so the rest would work. After we finally got the lights on and the ornaments on, dad put on the angel. The very last thing we did was take a family photo.
It seemed like a lot of work, but it was making fun memories of fighting, arguing and me saying how different I'd do it when I grew up.
Throughout the years, the same tradition took place. It was awesome. Of course when I had children, I knew we had to continue it. And we do!
Now that my boys are grown, they still get excited about going to Granny and Grandaddy's to put up the tree. I'm huge on family traditions throughout the year and I'm beyond thrilled my grown children are just as much into it as I am.
We are missing a couple of grandchildren this year due to work but there's still plenty of family traditions to go!
What is one tradition you used to do or do now?
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