Who doesnt love Christmas. Though Christmas was not part of our tradition, I love it so much. It brings happy vibes around. I would go to my friends place who had this big , decorated, lit up christmas tree. I always get so much happy to seeing it. Would stop at big shops or malls just to admire this tree. Since childhood, I have always wanted to have one too at our house. I wanted to decorate it. But my dad never showed any interest. In general he is a very simple person, no big celebration or a surprise-loving kinda person.
My birthdays at home would be mostly like visiting temple and mom used to make sweets and all the special food that we like and we eat together. We don't cut cakes at home. Those days going to a restaurant was rare to us. So on spl days we might go out for dinner as a family.
I know I came from talking about Christmas to my birthday for a reason. My birthday is in December and on 2014 for my birthday, my dad and mom together planned a beautiful surprise for me and trust me I had no clue about it. Not even a bit of doubt. We live in same house and I don't know how he managed to hide those things from me.
They got me a small but cute christmas tree and a big star to hang at the center of the house, a baskets full of flowers and a basket full of my favourite chocolates. My mom gave me handmade birthday card for me. It was soo beautiful and I loved it. I still have it. They hid the cake from me, decorated the living rooms with balloons and lights and when it was 12:00 , they asked me to come out of my room and I was surprised to see all of these. I never expected them to throw me a surprise that too like this. My friends always tried hard to surprise me for my birthday but somehow I end up knowing it, always. But this is truly one of the best surprises till now that I would like to cherish. So I had a beautiful start of birthday with the lovely christmas vibe that year.
As the years have passed, our Christmas traditions have definitely evolved, but a few key things have stayed the same. For example, my brother still tries to wake me up before 8am 🙅♀️ We also still have to wait at the end of the hall for my parents to give us the go-ahead before we can come out and see the stockings and tree, and we have specific Santa mugs that we only use on Christmas morning.
My family LOVES food though, so a lot of our traditions revolve around specific foods that we only have at Christmas. Every year, my dad makes prime rib on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas morning we have Monte Cristo sandwiches, which are deep fried ham/turkey/cheese sandwiches that you dust with powdered sugar and eat with jam 🙊I understand that this sounds incredibly whack (I thought so too), but ~wow~ it's so good. I look forward to them all year!
For the most part my family doesn't have any abnormal traditions for the holidays. However I have a memory of my parents tricking my younger sister and I about Santa and Rudolph.
On Christmas Eve every year we drive to the Bay Area to be with my Dad's side of the family and we drive home the same night really late to be home for Christmas Day.
As a kid, until a probably embarrassing age, my parents used to tell us that the blinking lights in the sky were actually Rudolph's nose lighting the way for Santa and his sleigh. I believed this wholeheartedly and my parents must've had answers planned out because when I got a little smarter I started asking questions. One of which was how there could be more than one light in the sky since there is only one Rudolph. They explained that the reindeer just actually fly that fast since they have such limited time to deliver all the presents. This blew my mind and like many people I thought reindeer were made up animals until an embarrassingly old age.
Not that crazy of a story but a holiday memory I'll always have and plan on using for my future kids. I'm sure this is more common than just my family, or else my parents were extremely quick on the draw answering all of my questions!