Traditions We Keep

Christmas was a follows:

The participants.

The parents/ hosts. Steve and Linda.

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The married children- Antony and LaTasha

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The dating children. LaTasha’s sister Nyesha and her boyfriend/our cousin- Brad

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Me and Vanessa

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Troy

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And Briana.  At 17 she’s the closest thing our family has to ‘children’ right now.

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The events:

Some traditions have changed now that we are older.  But some things stay the same.  In this case- it’s Christmas brunch.  Served by my mother.  We almost always feel bad watching her run around the kitchen.  But she says- this is her gift to us.  And we don’t really complain.

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Then we wash dishes.  (Once we have consumed the adequate amount of good food of course.) (Also. The dudes mostly nap or something during this time. Seems like this is a tradition that is probably not unique to us.)

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Then we slowly make our way over to the living room for presents.  By ‘slowly’ I mean ‘distractedly.’  We take plenty of time to stop for stories, pictures, and a quick huddle around a phone. ImageImage

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Then- because this is Christmas- we have a long talk about what Christmas is and means.

And then we open presents.

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And then.  Well.  Because the best way to celebrate Christmas is with family- we just hang out.  Mostly by playing games and chatting and chatting.

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And I realize.  At the end of it all. That there is a reason everyone wants to be home for Christmas.  And all my reasons- are right here at home.

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