What I won't be doing is gathering at my Mom's house for the Christmas Eve gala wherein everyone exchanges gifts and inevitably, my Uncle Milton shakes every gift, no matter the size, and proclaims loudly -
"Right. I got it. Let's see. I know. *finger tests the wind* It's a fifth of whiskey!"
Tie box, enormous box, tiny jewelry box, fifth of whiskey sized box. Does not matter. If Milton doesn't say it. It's not Christmas. And what's weirder, everyone in these photos is Jewish. We were the Jewish family that celebrated Christmas (I was raised Episcopal but my Mom's family was Jewish - Milton married a Catholic girl but his kids were raised in the temple.)
Do you have a family character? A funny tradition that makes Christmas uniquely yours? I'd love to hear about it, and in the meantime, may you have a blessed holiday with family and friends.
|My grandmother, Uncle Milton, and my aunt, circa '70's Christmas Eve|
|My uncle with a fifth of whiskey box in his hand, that's me on the left, I'm guessing about 15 years old.|
|Uncle Milton, circa now. :0)|