Saturday, December 21, 2019

Holiday Traditions


It’s a key player in almost every family and on almost every holiday.

When we lived our sticks and bricks life, the holidays meant it was time to haul out the holly, and lights, and tinsel, and tree, and…well, you get the picture.

Outdoor lights were hung, the wreath on the front door, the multi-piece manger carefully placed, and the 7-foot tall tree decorated all on Thanksgiving weekend.

Oh, and Black Friday was, and is, not one of our traditions. Tried it once about 20 years ago…so not worth it.

And food…well, let’s just say more than enough for Cox’s Army, even when times were tough. Turkey and trimmings, pies, fudge, party mix, and several kinds of cookies (and lots of them).

Even after the kids were grown and it’s just the two of us.

And always a night or two of driving around to check out different neighborhoods and their Christmas light displays.

Well, now that we’re full-time RVers, traditions have changed a bit to fit our current season of life.

Our 7-foot tree and half dozen large totes of Christmas d├ęcor have become a 2-foot tree and a couple of plastic shoeboxes.

Thanksgiving dinner has become Marie Callenders turkey dinner… tastes good, minimal prep and cleanup, and we don’t overeat with it. (Although I admit, I do miss the leftovers). Christmas we grill a couple of steaks.

I haven’t baked years now. I don’t need it, and Chris can’t eat it…soooo… why bother.

Our kids now carry on those traditions with their families, right down to some of the same recipes. And we are starting some new, and simpler traditions for ourselves..

We still put up some lights out side. Since we are “stationary” for the holidays, it’s fun to do. And instead of decorating the entire living room, the dashboard becomes the home of our little tree and one-piece Nativity.

We check to see what some of the local festivities are. In our current winter base of Crystal Beach, Texas, they have started an annual Christmas Festival. The first one was this year and they combined it with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree.

Last year we checked out Dickens on the Strand. We enjoyed it so much, we went again this year, and plan on going anytime were here.

This year, we added another new one. Instead of driving around and attempting to find neighborhood Christmas light displays, we went to Moody Gardens to check out the ice sculpture exhibit (Ice Land) and their mile-long Festival of Lights. Looks like we’ll be adding the Festival of Lights to our traditions!

You can check out our Holiday playlist on YouTube for a glimpse of some these events. Here's one of the videos:

So while some traditions remain the same, it’s a simpler life now and we’re able to focus more on the “why” of the holiday season instead of the “what”.

We hope your holidays are all the you hope for as you remember the “why”.

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.