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February 27th, 2013, 07:10 AM
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Do you and DH have different traditions that you had as kids? Or are your traditions pretty similar?
Such as Easter baskets/plans, Christmas presents/plans, Halloween, other holidays?


I've figured out, now that we have a baby, that DH and I had VERY different traditions as kids. I am mainly talking about the holidays. His family is HUGE so they do everything together. My family was always mainly just mom, dad, brother, me, two sisters (until my Dad died when I was in high school). So we rarely spent holidays with anyone but our immediate family. We just weren't that close to most of our family. For Easter, DH's family hid their Easter baskets and they had to find them (Lisa reminded me of this!) and my mom would make our Easter baskets and set them on the dining room table. We'd go get them when we woke up. She also made a big Easter basket that was for everyone and that stayed on the dining room table. It was mostly just candy, but sometimes she put other things in there like a new game for our nintendo or something. Our baskets had cute socks, candy, and other small personal things for each of us.

That's just one example of our very different traditions!
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February 27th, 2013, 07:15 AM
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Ours are actually pretty similar. I thought they may be different since he's from brazil, but they pretty much do the same. Id say the only difference is my family is a small get together (aunts, uncles, nana, cousins) where his was a huge gathering (he said sometimes over 75 people).
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February 27th, 2013, 07:20 AM
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Ours are actually pretty similar. I thought they may be different since he's from brazil, but they pretty much do the same. Id say the only difference is my family is a small get together (aunts, uncles, nana, cousins) where his was a huge gathering (he said sometimes over 75 people).
Oh my gosh!! That's a lot of people. DH's family has a bunch of different Christmas traditions, too. I am definitely still getting used to them 5 years later, lol. His family is usually about 30 plus a few extras if Nana's siblings come to town.
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February 27th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Oh my gosh!! That's a lot of people. DH's family has a bunch of different Christmas traditions, too. I am definitely still getting used to them 5 years later, lol. His family is usually about 30 plus a few extras if Nana's siblings come to town.
What's his Christmas traditions like?
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February 27th, 2013, 07:51 AM
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What's his Christmas traditions like?
On Christmas Eve, they all get together at one of the Aunt's houses for appetizers. Then Christmas morning, they all go over to one of the other Aunt's houses. Each of the kids gets one present from each family. So they all sit around and open those. The adults do a $50 (mandatory that you spend $50) gift exchange (and are annoyed if you don't participate). They draw the names at Thanksgiving. The presents from the families are wrapped, but the presents they open at home under the tree are not wrapped because they came from Santa. Then the day after Christmas, they get together at one of the Aunt's houses again for brunch. They don't do stockings. (His Dad and Step-Mom do though.) They eat the EXACT SAME meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They eat the exact same appetizers. The same brunch.

My family is different than that. Because of all of DH's family traditions, my family usually has to get together after Christmas. Like the weekend before Christmas or the weekend after. Just to accomodate all of his family stuff. We had some presents from Santa (they were wrapped though), but most of the presents were from my mom and dad. We always did stockings. We eat a different Christmas meal than our Thanksgiving meal. We woke up Christmas morning and spent it at our own house. We opened presents, played with our new stuff, and hung out. All of the aunts open presents with their kids then they get ready to go to one of the other aunts. I think that's weird. lol

There's more, I know. But I'm going blank!
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February 27th, 2013, 10:37 AM
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All of our traditions that we have now are carried over from my family. Neely was raised Christian Scientist, so they have really weird beliefs about holidays and stuff. Neely doesn't have very fond memories of his younger years.
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March 1st, 2013, 05:50 AM
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Our traditions are ALL me...David didn't enjoy his childhood that much and claims to have few to no memories of holidays, except that before his mom remarried, they were so poor that he pretended to not want anything for Christmas so she didn't feel like she had to buy anything, or he'd pick the least expensive thing
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March 1st, 2013, 06:47 AM
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Ours are pretty similar. Well, one thing that annoys me is that at Christmas when I was growing up, since we had the biggest house, we always got to stay home and our family (aunts, unlces, grandparents) came to us. Now I just want to stay home at xmas and have people come to me, LOL! But that's not the case here we usually have to go to visit family for a big dinner.

But other than that little annoyance things are similar. Except that in my family everyone got stockings including the grownups and in his only the children did.
Other holidays- pretty much the same.
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