Christmas Traditions

It’s a holiday weekend! Today I am working a half day and then heading into New York City with friends to spend the night at a swanky hotel in Times Square. I have been to NYC a million times, having grown up not too far, but at Christmas, I love doing the Rockefeller Center tree, Macy’s and other touristy things.

We’ll likely be eating, drinking, and being merry!

When it comes to Christmas, I am all about tradition. For as long as I can remember, we have been spending Christmas Eve, my favorite day of the year (next to Patriots Day) with my Uncle Jack and Aunt Leeny.

Christmas memories

In past years, we have gone to visit my nana at the nursing home before church and dinner. It’s sad and strange that we won’t get to see her this year. Christmas is definitely one of those times that makes all sorts of emotions more acute and brings to mind people who are in a far-off place. My father hasn’t been around for nine Christmases now, and it never fails that I hear a song that reminds me of Christmas when I was little and end up crying. I am a giant mush like that.

But remembering people we were lucky enough to have comes hand-in-hand with appreciation for those who are still here. And we are so very lucky. Side note: my nephew has grown to about 10 times the size he is in the above picture, in just a year. He’s a moose!

Our newest tradition on Christmas day is to have dinner at my sister’s house. She is a mini Martha Stewart and always has a fantastic setup. This year, it will be just my immediate family for Christmas dinner, followed by movies, playing with new toys, and relaxing.

table decorations

I can’t wait. It’s nice to just sit back and be.

table decorations

Whatever you are doing this weekend, whether you are celebrating a holiday, getting an extra day off, or just enjoying the weekend, I wish you all of the good things life has to offer, family, friendship, warmth, great food, and fun.

Happiest of holidays to you all!


Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Meghan! xo


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    this is such a sweet post. I can imagine it gets hard without your dad and nana. looks like your sister puts on a wonderful spread. Merry Christmas!! xo


  3. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I love this post! Have a great time in NYC – those mittens on the table are too cute!


  4. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Merry Christmas, Meghan. I’m sorry that you’ll miss you nana and dad this holiday. Here’s to new traditions with your family’s new additions!


  5. Elizabeth’s avatar

    I just saw from your tweets you were at Eataly. You were so close to me!!


  6. Megan’s avatar

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday!!


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