Monday, December 20, 2010
Many years ago when my siblings and myself were in our teens our family started a tradition on Christmas Eve. If someone had an ailment, a funny thing happen to them, or what ever we could think of, we bought funny gifts. This tradition soon took over and what we looked forward to every year.
Honestly, we ended spending more money on funny gifts than the traditional ones, but oh, how we laughed through the night.
No one was safe, parents included. Thus the picture of the Preparation H. One year my mother battled with this problem and everyone heard about it. So! For Christmas she got tons of tubes. However, we learned the real truth. Somewhere she read it took swelling and bags under the eyes away. She was actually thrilled to get the tubes!
I was young and cruised nightly at the local "Manners" that year for Christmas I got flashlights, a manners hat and menu and a special red light for the top of my car with a sign that said "Manners Patrol" all homemade of course.
My Italian Father was 'somewhat' of a gambler. We went to the local Horse races and got him all kinds of racing programs and books on betting tips.
We made chick magnets for my brothers, bought zit cream and so many to list I can't even recall all of them.
These Christmas's I remember the most. The laughter, sometimes the defensive shock and then laughter. It took us hours to open presents and it brought our memories together. Each Christmas to this day, we talk about those and laugh. How easy it is to make a tradition, especially one to bring family's together in only a way they can understand