Christmas Advent Blog Adventure: day 8

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Welcome to Day 8 of the Great Advent Blog Adventure!  For today, the two topics I will explore are:

From the Christmas Postathon (  Holiday traditions you have with your family.

And from the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (  Christmas Shopping.

Ah here we go.  I’ve answered neither of these yet.  Excellent!

So, let’s start with Christmas shopping.  That’s probably the first time I’ve ever said anything like that before.  I don’t like shopping, including Christmas shopping.  The only thing I like about it is when I find the “perfect” gift for someone, but that usually happens when I’m not shopping at all, if it does.  No, Christmas shopping is not fun.  It’s stressful and tiring.  But I don’t do it much anymore because the only people I buy gifts for now are my parents, and that’s usually taken care of now by deciding on some cool gift certificates for places they like to go, but might not if they didn’t have a gift certificate.  For them, practical, but fun, and for me, pretty minimally stressful.

Now, for traditions.  Christmas morning: stockings and presents after breakfast, and Christmas evening: dinner.   These are especially important to mom, so we keep them alive.  Kevin’s family used to do dinner, church and Christmas presents on Christmas eve so it worked out great – his family Christmas eve and my family on Christmas day.  Then Boxing Day in my PJs all day (MY tradition!!)

And just to make sure I have a picture here somewhere, here is a picture of a tradition on the street behind our house.  The neighbourhood trees all with huge Christmas decorations on them.  Don’t know who started it, but it’s pretty cool!


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Posted on December 8, 2015, in Daily Post and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m with you on the shopping. I’m finding it extra stressful this year because I can’t drive so I either have to find things online or give instructions to The Husband (and I don’t like putting more things on him). It means I have to KNOW what I want rather than being able to wander about in the hope of inspiration.

    We have the same set up for Christmas – The Husband’s family on Christmas Eve and mine on Christmas Day. So much easier than dashing about on the day.

  2. I am in agreement with the shopping. So totally not my thing. I never seem to find just what I want at a price I can afford. Gift cards do seem to make things easier but much less personal.
    Tell me more about “Boxing Day”? Is it celebrated the day after Christmas? I’ve heard of it but never any details of what goes on.

    • Boxing Day is a British thing – something about servants getting their gifts from their masters the day after Christmas. We just think of it today as an extra stat holiday, and kind of a Canadian version of “black Friday” with lots of sales and bargains to be had!

      • Sounds great to me. The day after Christmas is always a do nothing day in my house anyway so we have been celebrating Boxing Day without knowing it! 😊

  3. Hate shopping! Thank you Internet, for making that so much easier!

    And I love that picture! What a great shot! How nice the neighbors all get together and do that – how fun. 😀

  4. I hate shopping as well. I do as much as I can online, throughout the year. I’m a big fan of seeing something perfect for someone and buying it at that time. Otherwise, I tend to feel a bit obligated.
    The kids are different though. *sigh*

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