This is one of my favorite prompts! Tales of Christmas past and Christmas present.
Christmas Past: The Christmas tradition I miss the most is going to Grandma Engstom's house for Christmas Eve. All of moms brothers ( Laverne and Clarence) and sisters (Delores, Lorraine, Myrna) would gather with there family's ( about 23-30 of us)to celebrate Christmas Eve. Grandma would make the most Delicious sour cream cookies and the dinner was always tons of great food! Yumm! The house was not to big, 2 bedrooms, a living room, bathroom, and kitchen. A covered mud room with a drinking fountain ( we used to drink from the fountain all the time.) So we all crammed into the living room to eat dinner and open presents. Uncle Clarence would have all the kids pick a number and they got to pick the present that matched their number, the presents were always great and then the adults would draw numbers and pick out there presents. Then we would open the presents from everyone else. It was always happy boisterous and fun!
Christmas Present: Our Christmas's now are much more quieter only mom and her sister Lorraine share The holidays with their families ( around 13-18 of us). We go to Marilyn's house which is plenty big for all of us. The food is still amazing! We get more quality time with the people we love. It is more about family and not so much about the gifts. Yes we still exchange gifts with everyone. So lots of pictures are taken by me to keep the memories alive for everyone. Both Christmases are wonderful in there own way.