Friday, December 7, 2012

Favorite Holiday Traditions {Christmas 2012}

 

Like in any family or close circle of friends there are traditions passed and shared. Today, I am sharing My Family Traditions at Kelly’s Korner for her Show Us Your Life weekly series.

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Tradition #1:

The dreaded family photo

I shared with you our annual tradition on Thanksgiving. After eating, our entire family assembles in Honey’s yard and takes shot after shot, pose after pose, and smile after smile. Honey speaks, we all listen! This tradition has been a favorite of hers for a long time.

Drum roll, please!

Here is this year’s family photo:

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And I do have to tell you, I do like having a record of our family in photos for years to come.

Here are some other photo shoot photos from the shoot {2012}:

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Here are some family Christmas card pics of the past:

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Tradition #2:

Pulling names

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For a while now, the adults in the family have been pulling names. I find it quite funny as we all have a $100.00 limit on a gift, and we all usually gift a $100 gift card to each other to their favorite store. This way all adults do not have to buy for everyone. Of course, the kiddos are still spoiled showered with gifts. Hmmmm? I wonder who has pulled my name this year.

Tradition #3:

Garden District Tour of Homes

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Touring some of the Garden District’s most beautiful homes bedecked in the holiday spirit is one tradition I most look forward to each December. In fact, tomorrow J & I will lunch at Magazine Street Po-boys and then venture from each beautiful house to the next.

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Tradition #4:

Caroling in Jackson Square

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Sponsored by the Patio Planters, the Garden Club of the French Quarter, this annual event takes place in Jackson Square. Candles a-glow, carolers by the thousands pack the square for the annual sing-a-long often attended by the city’s dignitaries. J & I never miss this annual holiday song fest.

Tradition #5:

Miracle on Fulton Street

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"Miracle on Fulton Street," a holiday attraction in the heart of downtown New Orleans, brings the magic and spirit of the holiday season alive for locals and visitors of all ages. The Fulton Street Mall is located between Poydras and Lafayette streets directly in front of the Harrah's Hotel.

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Miracle on Fulton features nighttime snow on the hour, photos with Santa, and reindeer petting areas. Other activities fill the square.

My family attends Miracle on Fulton Street annually. The kids love it.

These are just a handful of the traditions in my family and circle of close friends. Now if only the weather can cooperate, and it can begin to feel like the holiday season.

What are your traditions that you share?

Holiday family traditions, y’all!

7 comments:

  1. Great pic of the family for Honey's Christmas cards! Love the traditions that your family has. I sure miss my sister living on Constantinople--just loved riding the street car down St. Charles Avenue during this time of the year--so beautiful and festive. Enjoy the Garden District Tour of Homes tomorrow. I'm seeing a future blog on this! :) Have a great weekend!

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  2. Love the family pic! Especially the red shirt one! :) What fun family traditions! I just LOVE this time of year :)

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  3. Ron, what fun traditions! Would love to go on the house tour! That would be phenomenal!

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  4. Ron, I loved this post...it made me think of our own traditions and just how necessary they really are to life...in all seasons! Have a happy weekend!

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  5. Your mother is adorable-what a beautiful smile she has! Hugs, Meghan

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  6. Your family traditions sound like so much fun!!!!

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  7. HAPPY HOLLIDAYS RON & J,

    THOROUGHLY ENJOY READING YOUR BLOG AND KEEPING UP WITH ALL OF THE HAPPENINGS AND HOT SPOTS IN NEW ORLEANS. (BY FAR. MY FAVORITE CITY
    IN THE U.S.)
    YOUR HOME IS LOVELY AND ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT GOES INTO CHANGING THE DECOR EACH SEASON/HOLIDAY IS APPRECIATED.

    HAVE A VERY MERRY MERRY AND HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR.

    BILLIE IN CALIFORNIA
    WISHING I WAS IN NOLA!

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