I’ve decided to start my Journal Jar posts. I was going to start these back in January but I got distracted with the Zero to Hero and NaBloPoMo challenges. Then I went on holiday in February and it’s taken me nearly a month to get myself back on track. Anyway, I’m here now and hope to post a Journal Jar entry once or twice a week. This week’s Journal Jar prompt is:
Tell about family traditions: Christmas, birthdays, graduations, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, weddings.
Hmm, well we don’t have Fourth of July or Thanksgiving here in the UK so I don’t have to write about those. We don’t actually graduate from school the same way as they do in the USA and I was the first person in my family to graduate from university. As a mature student, we didn’t really celebrate – I went to the Minster and got my certificate, wearing a cap and gown, and then went out for lunch with my husband and parents. We don’t really celebrate Halloween either.
So, weddings – nothing exciting there although I wish I’d started a new tradition of eloping to a Caribbean island or Disney World. I’d have loved to have got married at Disney World with just my husband. Unfortunately, I felt guilty about not involving our immediate family, some of whom couldn’t travel, so I had a small (50 guests) wedding and reception.
Birthdays – we don’t do anything exciting for birthdays either although I think we may have started a tradition of going to a Disney Park for special birthdays. I went to Disney World for my 40th birthday (my step-daughter came too as it was her 25th birthday the same week). We then took my son to Disneyland Paris for his 18th birthday. I’d like to take him to a Disney resort for his 21st too. I’m also hoping to plan a Disney trip for my husband’s 60th.
Christmas – we don’t have many traditions except one which everyone else thinks is horrible. We don’t open Christmas presents until we’ve had breakfast, got dressed and are ready for the day. Oh, and I also have to have the turkey in the oven. This one was started by my parents and I brought it with me when I married my husband. The children are allowed to open their stockings from Father Christmas when they wake up to keep them going until family present time.