Hi! I am Emily from Follow the Yellow Book Road, thank you to Heather for hosting me this month. This month, our topic is:

Favorite Holiday Traditions

My family celebrates Christmas. The 24th and 25th of December are pretty busy for my family because we do lots of bouncing around. Luckily everyone lives relatively close.

My husband’s family has Italian heritage and on Christmas Eve, they gather at his grandfather’s house and have The Feast of Seven Fishes. Basically, Grampy cooks a dinner with seven different types of seafood, he always includes haddock, shrimp, scallops, and smelts. We all spend a few hours together eating, talking, and listening to Christmas music.

After Grampy’s house, we head to my grandmother’s house. At Grammy’s we enjoy snacks, desserts, and drinks. Around 8:30 pm, we go outside for the Christmas Parade. The parade is a city tradition where local companies, fire trucks, and people decorate their vehicles or create floats with Christmas lights and decorations and drive through the city. Some people blare holiday music, beep horns, and throw candy. Every year Santa and Mrs. Claus are the last float in the parade. After the parade we make our way home.

Christmas day, my husband and I open presents together. Then we go to my parents’ house for breakfast and exchanging gifts. My mom loves to stuff our stockings with random little toys and gadgets, I have no idea where she finds so many unique trinkets. Next, we drive to his parents’ house to exchange presents and spend time together. My in-laws always get me something bookish. Finally we go to my sister’s house for Christmas dinner. I am always in charge of dessert and typically make an apple pie, a thin mint cookie pie, and at least one other dessert (nearly every year someone requests that I try some new recipe that they found).

Needless to say, we are quite busy on the 24th and 25th. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way.


On Mon, Dec 14, 2015