Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

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Every year, the week before Christmas, my parents meet me and a few coworkers for lunch. My parents enjoy catching up with my friends at work, and my colleagues are huge fans of my parents (because Mom and Dad are awesome). It’s become an important tradition, and something I look forward to every year. Today is the day this year, and it’s gotten me thinking about the other traditions that make the holidays such a special time. Here are a few things that happen every year:

  • My sister Audrey and I see a movie (this year it’s The Rise of Skywalker).
  • My sister Amy and I do holiday baking.
  • I take all three of my nieces out for an experience or activity (so far, I’ve spent one on one time with Carly and Cassidy, with my third adventure planned for early next week).
  • My best friend Katie and I try something new (like last year’s glass fusing). This year, we’re leaning towards candle making, but we’re still discussing our options.
  • I Skype with Rebecca, a college friend who lives in Texas, and we open the gifts we’ve sent to each other (side note: I love that Amazon includes a gift wrapping option).
  • Christmas morning, my dad makes breakfast. Dad doesn’t do a lot of cooking, but breakfast is his thing, and he goes all out.
  • My brother-in-law gives everyone a family calendar, with each month featuring a photograph from the previous year. My favorite months are usually October, which always has the girls in their Halloween costumes, and December, with the previous year’s family Christmas picture.
  • My dad hands out letters from “Santa”, which narrate amusing events and things we’ve done that made Santa proud.

These traditions (and others) are so much of what I love about the holiday season.

Christmas chimney

What are your holiday traditions?

20 thoughts on “Traditions (Blogmas Day 19)

  1. Paul says:

    The Amazon gift wrapping option is a truly wonderful thing.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It really adds the final touch to gifts you can’t give in person.

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      1. Paul says:

        Indeed. In my case, we have family spread over three countries and being able to have presents wrapped and delivered really does make life so much easier.

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  2. kagould17 says:

    All great traditions Amanda. Our Christmas traditions have changed a lot since the kids were young. We always try to get out to look at the light displays and there are many in the area. We attend at least one free Christmas music performance at our government legislature building, while seeing the lights. This year it included Christmas carols. Then, there is the baking spree and the rush to get goodies boxed and mailed our son and his wife in Vancouver. I think we will go downtown tonight for some more Christmas spirit. Cheers. Allan

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  3. Sheree says:

    How lovely! We don’t have any traditions other than always spending Christmas together.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      That’s the most important thing.

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  4. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I have kind of had a tradition of trying to find something that will make my wife cry. I don’t think it would be Christmas without something that really touches her.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It’s wonderful that you put so much thought into her gift.

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        I try!

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  5. How wonderful! We have a tradition of cutting down our Christmas tree every year! It’s so much fun! Love your blog. Great content.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve had artificial trees my whole life, so that’s something I’ve never experienced. Looks fun on TV.

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      1. It’s fun but your back is sore the next day. The price for a real tree.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks! They keep me busy, but they’re so worth it.

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  6. What wonderful traditions Amanda! That is so cool your parents do that with you!

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  7. I love your traditions and how involved your loved ones are x

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      We’re a very close family, and we try to treat our friends like family, too.

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  8. That’s so lovely. My family and close friends are the same. All love x

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