OT Holiday Traditions

Ok so AssPocket's post about the best and worst Christmas songs got me thinking... What are some of everybody's favorite holiday traditions?

In our house they include:
-Getting the 2 biggest trees we can find that will fit in our house
-Watching all of the classic Christmas specials/movies: Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, The Grinch, Claymation Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, The Chipmunks Christmas, White Christmas, Christmas Vacation
-Baking to share with friends and family. The baking list includes: Red Velvet cookies, Cake Batter cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Espresso cookies, White Velvet cookies, Peanut Butter Balls, Butterfinger bites, Chocolate Dipped Ritz, White Chocolate Dipped Ritz, and White Chocolate Pretzels.....( I apologize to anybody in the NOVA area who randomly got the Beetus yesterday)
-Going to see the Festival of Lights (growing up it was driving around and looking at all of the lights)
-Spending time with family.

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The radio stations stop playing Christmas Songs.

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Everyone complains about Christmas music being all over the radio, but it doesn't seem that bad to me. In fact, there seems to be more of an issue if you're looking for it.

There's usually only one or two stations that goes full Christmas, and then maybe a Christian station will slowly ramp up and then back down. (Around here, it also doesn't help that the main Christmas station also airs Delilah, so I have to suffer through that crap if I happen to turn the radio on at night.)

The issue with Christmas on the radio is how the stations that go full Christmas do so in early November, but then they cut it off at 6 PM on Christmas Day.

Agreed. The radio really isn't that bad because aside from the stations that play it non-stop, it's fairly sparse. But people will still listen to Christmas music the day after - I don't get why they cut it off so quick

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Unless you can't escape it.
Like going shopping in the mall, or buying groceries, or getting gas or going to a diner or a doctor appointment or to the bank or going to any public event......

This is going to be great for the ACC.

well there is your problem...you went in public. everyone knows the first step in happiness is avoid people

For some reason Ron White's bit about being arrested for being drunk in public popped in my head reading this.

"I was drunk in a bar. I was thrown into pub-lic."

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Arrest them!

"Those who jump into the void owe no explanation to those who stand and watch."
--unknown

Hell, I was hearing Christmas music in stores in October this year. Some places had their Christmas displays out as early as September.

In fact, I'm already seeing some places putting Valentines Day and St Patricks Day displays

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

We tend to spend at least a couple days with out of state family, and eat too much food to balance out starting drinking before noon when together.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Our grandparents are long gone, three of the four parents also gone. My brother and his family are on the West Coast and we see plenty of my wife's family during the year, so our Christmas this year is just us and the dog and puppy show in our little bungalow in Mathews by the Bay. There will be champagne, Andre of course (hey, we've always been kinda poor and tradition, you know?) and I'll make French Toast with sausage links for brunch. We'll open a gift or two, we got a smart tv for our main presents this year, and we'll watch some recorded and dvd Christmas shows and overtreat the dogs while we teach the puppy how to open her presents. Whooopeee!!!

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Sound familiar and pretty good to me

When our friends ask us what we're doing this year, we just tell them that we're staying home since it's "Baby"s first Christmas. It's been so long since we were able to have a puppy, they all seem to get it, and all recall using that as a good excuse not to travel to in-laws for Christmas when they had kids. And while Pie isn't and won't be treated as human, it's the closest we've ever had to a baby, so...

Edit: Just to add that the baby's first christmas thing was a joke. We're not that kooky. Yet.

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I really enjoy watching the kids get excited for and then experience Christmas, and then I enjoy getting back to normal life (which is pretty good right now).

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Fried oysters and oyster stew

This x 1,000,000!!

OK, my momma was from Charleston and always loved oyster stew. That is still the only way I won't eat oysters. She'd just pour milk in a pan, add some oysters, heat and eat with pepper, a pat of butter and crackers. Yuck!
I will assume that there is a more acceptable way of fixing this popular dish, but I've not gotten the nerve to ruin a perfectly fine batch of oysters to find out.
So, if it isn't too much trouble, would you tell me how you all fix it? I'd hate to miss out on something truly good enough for Christmas.

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Sorry to tell you but actually that is almost exactly how we fix it too. Except we use a lot more than a "pat" of butter. We also fry a bunch since some of them feel the same way about the stew as you do. Whatever you fix enjoy and have a great Christmas!

Yep, that's pretty much how my Northern Neck family has always made oyster stew. Simmer the oysters in some of their liquid until the edges curl. Then add butter, milk, and pepper, and heat through. You can adjust the flavor somewhat by how much liquid (or liquor, as we call it) you use. I suppose you could try heavy cream or half and half instead of milk if you want to fancy it up a bit.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

OK, I see that oyster stew is something I'll have to fall into at someone else's house. Add some potatoes and it sounds like clam chowder, which I do love. With oysters, though, I like them so much raw, roasted, steamed, or fried that I probably won't get to the stew on purpose.
Anyway, thank you for the response. Merry Christmas to you and all your'n.

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Swap out the oysters for some potatoes and onion, add a little basil or thyme, and you do indeed have a very nice potato soup. I never realized that before, haha! I can cook and eat oyster stew (I'd probably be disowned otherwise), but I much prefer them fried. And I've never been able to bring myself to try them raw. My grandmother, on the other hand, was quite the raw oyster connoisseur, to the point where she could tell you what body of water they came from. I have fond memories of hanging out with her and my dad in the basement, as they shucked and ate their way through a bucket of local oysters. They taught me to shuck, but I just couldn't eat them raw. Must have been my mother's DNA asserting its presence, haha.

Oysters were plentiful back then, and we ate them often, but we always had them at Christmas. I really miss that tradition.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. I hope you enjoy your oysters however they are prepared!

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
It took me decades to eat my first raw oyster, now I wonder why it took me so long. There are, indeed, differences in the flavor and saltiness of oysters from different waters, but I've had so many different kinds now I could compare one to another, somewhat, but I couldn't ID which is from where. I won't eat raw oysters from a jar, though, for some strange brain glitch reason, but do love 'em on the half shell. Fried was my last acquired oyster taste, though I'd eat a cow patty if somebody fried it...go figger. I also fry oysters sometimes for Thanksgiving, and I do so love them, but what a mess. I guess that's why God made restaurants, and we have easy access to all sorts of oysters here on the Chesapeake Bay. Now, however, I have a strong urge to go to our local raw bar and scarf a dozen or so.

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We open gifts at one inlaw's house Christmas Eve, open presents at home Christmas morning and then either go to the other in-laws or host at our house Christmas afternoon. The weekend after we'll make the drive to NoVa to visit my extended family.

All in all, it's a great few days because our families are pretty cool.

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Massively large pan of homemade lasagna with extra ricotta shared with friends and family . Turning out all of the lights with the exception of Christmas decorations and watching all of the Christmas classics.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

My wife has a recipe for something that is called a Swedish Tea Ring (a pastry filled with cinnamon and raisins, topped with Maraschino cherries and drizzled with a sugar icing). The recipe makes two rings, one of which is given away to a different neighbor or friend every year. After the Christmas evening service, the kids got to open present the night before Christmas. Surprise - it was always pajamas ... always. That was another tradition from my wife's side of the family.

On Christmas morning, I would go downstairs before anyone else was allowed down to get the Swedish Tea Ring out, the coffee pot going, and set up the dvd to play (actually blast out) Scrooge [See my contribution to the favorite Christmas music OT post.] We would get a group picture of everyone (in their new PJs, of course) on the stairs before rushing off to start the present unwrapping. My Mom has knitted personalized Christmas stockings for all of her children (5) , all of their spouses (5), all of her grandchildren (25), and all of her great-grandchildren (42). One of the great things about knitted Christmas stockings is that they s-s-stretch, so lots fun things are in the stockings.

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

Hoping to start a new one this year. Smoking a prime rib roast on the Traeger.

Used to be our family would have a picnic on the floor but as our parents aged, it became difficult to eat off the floor, so we changed and started having themed Christmas Evening gathering. One year, it was 70s Themed, the next year, Cowboys and Indians, and then last year, it was Alice in Wonderland theme. Most of us are exhausted with shopping for outfits that fits the theme, so this year, with my wife and I hosting, we are making it A Blue Christmas, a play on the song where each of us wear simple blue outfit.

We always have Dirty Santa game that ends up being hysterical. We still have potluck style Christmas Evening gathering and the siblings rotate whose turn it is to host.

โ€œWho is this Fuentes person that you speak about?โ€ -McHokie540

This might explain why Guntar is the way he is:
My dad, every year since I've been married, buys one of those cheesy Hobby Lobby Santa figures and modifies it with something super dark:
One year it was a bloody snow shovel and an eyepatch. Another year it was a severed reindeer head by his festive axe.
He then hides this item somewhere in my house when I'm not paying attention for my wife or I to find.

FOSTERS: Australian for defense

Apparently one of my traditions is going out shopping when I need the last few gifts but don't have solid ideas (usually involves stocking stuffers), and while I'm out, I end up not liking most of what I find, so I either don't buy anything or I'm not super enthused about what I did buy. All the while, I'm getting annoyed at all of the people in the stores who all want to either stand or walk directly where I'm trying to get to.

Our apparent/accidental tradition is kind of similar. We have a "tradition" of accidentally losing at least one gift and finding it at a different holiday or birthday. Our kids now expect it.

Wait, what?

I like to go watch people panic at Walmart and other stores on Christmas Eve. I'm a people watcher anyway. But this time of year, it's just pure gold.

Since I got married a few years ago, we'll spend Christmas Eve at the in laws place and hang out and open presents on Christmas day. We try to alternate what years we spend with whose family, so last year we were in the chaos of my family's Christmas, and I'm planning on us being a part of that again next year. This year will be nice relaxing and just 4 of us hanging out.

My father is not a turkey fan so he didn't want it on Thanksgiving and Christmas. So for Christmas they started a tradition of have Pacific king crab legs and Shrimp salad. When I was a kid they were cheap as, and there would be a mountain of them on the table. We still have them but at much less quantities depending on price and have added honey baked ham and other sides.

For a few years while my best friend from high school and I were both back home from the military and attending VT, we had a tradition of going to Rivermill on Christmas Eve, having some beers and shooting some pool. It was nice to essentially have the place to ourselves.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Actually, growing up it used to be opening up a small gift we got each other before the bedlam the next day. These days it's new Christmas PJ's and a holiday movie. I'm sure it'll continue to evolve as the kid gets older

Chinese food and a movie

Chinese food on Christmas eve. Leave a big tip because, those koreans who run the place could be home like everyone else, but they aren't and that's gotta suck.

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Did away with giving presents years ago. It is fantastic.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

Now that I've got kids, being Santa is pretty great. We do evening church on Xmas eve, spaghetti dinner with my famous homemade sauce, Mrs. O does a big breakfast on Christmas morning while the kids go nuts. We usually spend Xmas afternoon with my wife's grandmother in Winston-Salem, with her massive SWVA/NC fam, then back home to Lake Norman before we all crash.

My daughter is going to be 2 this upcoming weekend, and this is the first time we're having everyone come to our house for Christmas so I'm sure a ton of traditions are going to be starting up this year. Starting this weekend, we'll have my daughter's birthday, Christmas, my birthday, and then New Years. My daughter doesn't have any clue whats' going on, but she's definitely getting excited with all the decorations, presents, and Christmas movies and shows we've been playing for her.

And her absolute favorite thing right now is the movie Frozen, and especially Olaf, so I've gotten as many different Frozen party decorations as I could find for her birthday this weekend. Looking forward to her reaction when she gets down the stairs and sees Olaf, Anna, and Elsa everywhere in the house.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Oh boy. Christmas is just getting fun for you, next few years will be even better. Nothing better than a kids eyes at Christmas time.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Sounds like a good time! My daughter will be 2 on the 21st and I can already tell this year will be even better than last.

Update:

Well that sucked. Kid came home from preschool on the 19th with a head cold, and hit her hard over the weekend, which meant for a pretty fussy birthday. My wife caught it and was sick all day Sunday. Then my daughter's molars started to come in, which sent her over the edge on fussiness for a couple days through Christmas Eve. And then the head cold knocked me out from being bedridden Christmas Day through the end of the week.

But through it all, it was still pretty fun. We took her to see Frozen 2 for her first trip to the movies, and she was great. And she got to spend a lot of quality time with the family, which is what really matters in the end.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

We like to go the the annual Messiah sing-along. Bring your own copy, or they have scores for sale in the lobby for like $10.

My heritage is Italian so Xmas eve is big in my house. I'll have ~ 15 people over this year, it can grow as big as 25 or so. Lot's of food traditions. My mom will make homemade cannoli and struffoli for desserts. We also make our family's recipe for sauce/gravy and braciole. I do a variation of the traditional 7 fishes meal - we will have shrimp, eel, squid, and some sort of whitefish. Other traditional appetizers will include fried artichoke hearts, panzerotti (potato croquette with ham and mozzarella cheese). Kids will get to open gifts from the attendees that night. Wine, espresso, and Sambuca will flow liberally.

Run to Win. Pass To Score
Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - โ€œโ€œHe is the captain of this team, Heโ€™s the leader. Heโ€™s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.โ€œ

Wow. As someone who's family has shrunk dramatically over time, I envy you the bonhomie.

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The folks that really know all the traditions are down to me and my mom. Everyone else is new friends and old friends. And we are passing some of the traditions down to my kids (6&3).

Run to Win. Pass To Score
Josh Jackson on Ricky Walker - โ€œโ€œHe is the captain of this team, Heโ€™s the leader. Heโ€™s the bell cow, the Pail Holder.โ€œ

Going back to fries while my dad criticized my taste in music and my mom wanted me to put it back on the radio๐Ÿ˜

Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker outta here. Maynard James Keenan. 1991

I play in our worship band at church and we have a service every Christmas Eve at 7:00. My wife and I usually then go to sheetz with my parents for a funny tongue-in-cheek late Christmas Eve dinner since they're the only place that's open. Nothing better than getting all fat and sassy on gas station food.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Andy Chang is open Christmas Eve.

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The wife won't do Chinese sadly. Though we just moved about 10 minutes from Andy Chang.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Ok. I won't eat at most Chinese places, honestly. But if she's snubbing Andy Chang's...I got nothing. I would eat at Andy Chang's everyday if I could afford it. Their food is amazing.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

She got really sick one time at Star East in rustburg (who doesn't tho tbh) and swore it off other than like Lo Mein. We are big Japanese fans though. Oishii off waterlick is our shit.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Comparing Andy Chang to Star East makes my heart hurt. That's like saying you don't do bbq because you got sick once at DQ.

Get you some black pepper steak hot iron plate (strip steak stir fry) or some basil chicken there and you'll be hooked.

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The analogy is worse than that. It's like getting sick from a sirloin in a prison cafeteria and swearing off Ruth's Chris.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Shoutout to the Hokie family we ran into at Andy Chang last night. Older couple, younger couple, and a boy. All rocking Hokie gear. Merry Christmas!

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On the way back from Giles today we decided we didn't feel like fixing anything at the house for dinner. So, we grabbed takeout from AC on the way home. Can't say enough about the beef, onion, and chili hot pot (#32) to do it justice.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

Ah I mean yeah I get it but alas... we're just not big Chinese fans.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Taking the next day off to sit on my butt and watch all the boxing day matches/whatever bowl games are on.

I have had a copious amount of amaretto with my father in law every Christmas Eve for the past 12 years. It is something that he has done forever, now we do it together. No idea why amaretto, but hey. I was not prepared for it the first year I partook. Up until that point I wrapped presents on Christmas Eve (I like to procrastinate). That year I passed out sitting straight up against the couch in the floor surrounded by poorly wrapped gifts with one half wrapped between my legs. Woke up in all kinds of discomfort. Now every year I wrap presents in advance save for one. My wife likes to know at least one of them has been done while I'm in the bag. Ha.

Christmas Day we go over to my folks house mid-morning to exchange gifts while eating junk food and watching Christmas movies. In the evening we go over to a family friend's house for dinner just like we have for the past 25 or so years.

What a savings

Scrapple and sticky buns for the kids on Christmas morning. I sit in my armchair, sip on some coffee, and watch everyone open gifts. All American.

JP

Vegas.

Old sigline: I've been cutting back on the drinking.

New Sigline: lol it's football season.

Adding a new tradition. Trying to setup 1,395 new devices with a crappy wireless router. What a cluster. Finally had to create a literal queue and have everyone including the in laws get off the wifi and allow a couple at a time to get everything setup. Definitely ordering a modern router, something I should have done three years ago.

Now that that process is over, time to eat the fourth meal of the day! Merry Christmas yall!

Do you mean it is already noon time?

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

This isn't a tradition, although I certainly wish it could be. I just wanted to share, because this Christmas will forever be the best one ever.

In my 37 years, I have been pretty close to my grandfather, but I have literally never had a chance to sit and talk one-on-one with him. His wife, who is not my biological grandmother, but she does the job quite well has a booming personality and she will bogart any conversation and attention when she is there. She doesn't mean anything by it or do it on purpose. But she is just about the most outgoing person you will ever meet. That has meant that I have never been able to sit down and have that one-on-one talk with my grandfather.

Until this Christmas, that is.

We were unable to make it to their house during normal Christmas festivities, which helped facilitate this rare occasion. Otherwise, I would have had to split time with aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. But the real hero is my wife, who was able to pull my grandmother away and go for a walk leaving my grandfather and me alone to talk.

I learned more about him in those few hours than I had my whole life. We talked about his military service during Korea, he was drafted, but luckily spent his time in Germany on guard duty. And I learned that he had a pretty insane run-in with atomic energy in the Nevada desert.

I also learned a wealth about his thoughts on life and the way of things. I was surprised to learn just how alike we are.

Anyway, he hit 90 this year and his health is going downhill fast. So, needless to say, this Christmas meant everything to me. I had been yearning for this time with him for years, but been unable to make it happen. I should have forced it so much sooner. Sit down with your elders before it's too late, folks, and have a very happy new year!!!

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD