Holiday Memories: Alissa shares her story

Beginning in the middle of high school and continuing on until I met Tim, my mom, (step) dad, and I would go to the movies on Christmas Day. As a member of a very blended family, we would celebrate Christmas with all of my siblings on Christmas Eve and then on Christmas Day everyone would go to their respective “other” families on Christmas Day. Since my Dad had moved out of state by then, it was just the three of us, a bucket of ginormous popcorn, a couple of Diet Cokes and the silver screen. For me, a self-proclaimed movie buff, they are memories that will stay with me forever. We would search the newspaper in the morning and decide what we were going to see, and then go and get our tickets (usually to a couple of shows), before sitting back to relax and enjoy the stillness of near empty theatres and a great show on the big screen.

Once I met my husband and we started rotating holidays with his family, the tradition got cast aside–but I’d love some year to take Liam to a show after we’ve opened gifts and checked out the loot in our stockings from Santa. I’d love to find some way to incorporate this tradition into our lives, even if only for a year.

The holiday season is upon us and we hold the key to making them as traditional or modern as we wish. As parents we can make even the most unconventional of situations memorable and full of love. It’s so easy to get swept up in the spirit and forget that these special days are what WE make of them.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

For more wacky tales from the front lines of motherhood, 
check out Alissa’s blog at Have Stroller Will Travel.

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  1. Posted December 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    I say we should go to the movies this year, even if it is the day after! We loved doing a movie after the partying was over growing up as well. We usually did this the day after Christmas. Love this memory and I think it is so great that Liam is becoming a movie buff as well!

  2. Posted December 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    I also LOVE the movies… but we made the mistake of peaking too soon. Took Natalie to see the Polar Express on Christmas Day when she was 13 months old. Mistake #1: her age. Mistake #2: IMAX 3D (did we actually think she would wear the glasses??) Mistake #3: she had just learned to walk and we sat next to the stairs, which she run up & down the We love going now though, and we may start that tradition too. Sounds fun! Thanks so much for sharing, Alissa!!

  3. Posted December 10, 2010 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    @ Allison: Ooooh and I’d love to incorporate the pinatas I remember from Christmases as a child.

    @Kelli: Your story made me laugh out loud. 🙂

    Merry Christmas ladies!

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