Ten on Tuesday Holiday Traditions Edition

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Well,heythere!

Poweroutages,tripstoParis,gradingfrenziestheresalotformetoshare,butIllstartwithaTenonTuesday。

Thisweek,CaroleaskedforHolidayTraditions。

Thisisabitofachallenge;myfamilyissospreadoutthatitisdifficulttomaintaintraditionsfromchildhood,butwerenotafamilythatissteepedintraditionanyhow。

Traditionsestablishedinmylastmarriagehavenoplaceinthisnewlife,andaftercelebratingeightholidayseasonstogether,IguessNealandIhavestartedtocreateourown。

So,hereitis,amixofoldandnew:

1。

Thesilvertinseltree。

Myasthmaprohibitsmefromhavingarealtree,andImofthemindthatifImgoingtohavesomethingfake,letitbeREALLYfake。

Iadorethistree。

2。

Bakingcookies。

OneofmybestfriendsarrivesfromNewYorkeachyearforacookie-bakingfrenzy。

Weusuallybakeforabout8-10hours。

Itissofuntosharethecookieswithmerchantsandfriends。

3。

TheChristmasboot。

MyfamilydidnthaveChristmasstockings;wehadceramicChristmasbootsmadebymygram。

Istillusemine,thoughInowalsoputoutastockingmadeformebymyexsaunt。

4。

Holidaymovies。

Nothinggetsthespiritgoinglikeagoodholidaymovie。

Imnotafanofthemoremodernclassic,youknow,theonewithaleglamp?

Igofortheold-schoolclassicslikeItsaWonderfulLife。

5。

Christmascards。

EachyearIwaffleonsendingthese。

IlearnedahardlessonthefirstyearIwasseparatedfrommyex。

Mycardlistatthetimehoveredaround100。

ThatyearIdidnotsendanyout;Iwastooblue。

Ireceivedonlyabout15cards。

Sonowmylistismorelimited,butIfindIenjoywritingthecardsmore。

6。

Butternutsquashgalette。

IsittraditionifImtheonlyonewhocares?

Asavegetarian,holidaymealscanbealittlebland,unlessthesidesarespectacular。

Imakethisrecipeeveryyearformyholidayfeasting。

Idontalwayshaveitfortheholidaymeal,proper,butitismygo-tofestivedinner。

7。

Submittinggrades。

Thismayseemunrelatedunlessyou,too,areinacademia。

Iliketosubmitmyfallsemestergradesasquicklyaspossible,andthatlastsendistherealsignaltomethatholidayfestivitiesmaycommenceinfull。

8。

ChristmasEvegiftopening。

MysiblingsandIwereallowedtoopenONEgiftonChristmasEve。

Istilllovetodothis。

Ithelpswithallthatanticipation!

9。

ChristmasNightgiftopening。

Iliketosavesomegiftsuntilafterourfamilydinner。

ChristmasNightsometimesfeelslikealetdown。

NealandIareusuallyhomealone,nolittleonestoenjoy,noonetoplaygameswithus,andsavingafewgiftskeepsthefestiveatmospheregoingjustalittlelonger。

10。

NewYearsHike。

TheholidaysextendtotheNewYear,right?

ThisisatraditionthatIstartedparticipatinginaround1991or1992inNewYork。

AfterImovedaway,itsortoffellapart,andlastyear,Ifinallysaidenough。

Imissedthenoon-timehikeandpicnic,andIre-establisheditinConnecticut。

Itistheverybestwayformetostartanewyear。

Howaboutyou?