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With the family getting smaller, there aren't too traditions left.  My sister and I get together one day each weekend and we get together on Christmas Eve to unwrap our presents (continuing a tra
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Everyday Traditions - not many left

posted at 11/23/2010 11:21 AM EST
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With the family getting smaller, there aren't too traditions left.  My sister and I get together one day each weekend and we get together on Christmas Eve to unwrap our presents (continuing a tradition from when we were children).

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posted at 11/23/2010 5:26 PM EST
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First: 10/6/2010
Last: 6/11/2011
Our family is smaller and spread apart. Holidays are still a time for family, we remember the ones who are no longer here with us, but our in our hearts.

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posted at 11/24/2010 8:04 PM EST
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Holidays aren't the same anymore. Not like when I was a children. Our whole family would be together. Now, we hardly are all together.

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posted at 11/24/2010 9:52 PM EST
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First: 9/9/2008
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Our family has never been large.  When we were kids, Mom would always host all the holiday get-togethers so everybody ended up at our house.  This continued until my sister moved out of state more than 20 years ago.   I started having all the holidays at my house to give Mom a much needed break.  Hopefully when I'm not able to do it anymore one of my children will take over and keep the traditions going.  We can only do the very best that we can to carry on traditions, then it's up to the next generation to carry on.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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posted at 11/24/2010 11:34 PM EST
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First: 8/7/2008
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Agree families get spread out and some traditions are dying. We need to keep them alive and going as best as we can. 

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posted at 11/30/2010 2:52 PM EST
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First: 10/5/2008
Last: 12/5/2011
Yes I am using blue on purpose. I am now alone and spend a lot of time missing everything. Always blue with nothing to do.

But Happy Holidays to you all. Celebrate all you can while you can

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posted at 12/23/2010 2:15 PM EST
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I agree,we as parents,grandparents,aunts and uncles need to pass our traditions down to the younger people,no matter how trivial or unimportant you may think it is.If we don't they will be lost forever.I'm very proud of my heritage and where I came from as we all should be.I look for traditions and customs from where my family originated to share with my children and pass on the ones I am familiar with.

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posted at 1/16/2011 10:19 PM EST
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We have continued to pass on our traditions to our sons.  They have helped us continue them.  My sister in law became paraplegic many years ago. We used to have the holiday dinners downstairs in our finished basement, but all of a sudden we have had some problems with water in the basement several years past and with my husband's MS it is hard to do that any longer.  My sons help cook and they bring food to her, her aid and her upstairs elderly tenant. 

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posted at 1/17/2011 6:59 AM EST
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It is sad to see the way traditions that we grew up with are changing. When I was young we always spent Sundays and holidays with family, but that was with everyone within an hours drive. Now with my children grown and all over our great country, this isn't done anymore. I have tried to make my life meaningful in the waining years by donating my time and talents to my church. No time for feeling sorry for myself and it is amazing what a chipper and smiling face can obtain. Keep your sunny side up everyone!Smile

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posted at 1/17/2011 8:56 AM EST
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Not all but much of what Angela said applies to me.  To avoid loneliness and self-pity I give my time and talents to church.   It's great!   
God bless and keep you Angela.

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posted at 1/17/2011 8:59 AM EST
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I think traditions evolve. My mother has never let go of her mother's traditions and has refused to change.  This has caused many a heart ache within the family.  She just doesn't understand that each family has created their own special traditions with a little bit of the original intertwined. Oh well, she will just have to get glad in the same pants she got mad in!!

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posted at 1/17/2011 9:04 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Everyday Traditions - not many left:
It is sad to see the way traditions that we grew up with are changing. When I was young we always spent Sundays and holidays with family, but that was with everyone within an hours drive. Now with my children grown and all over our great country, this isn't done anymore. I have tried to make my life meaningful in the waining years by donating my time and talents to my church. No time for feeling sorry for myself and it is amazing what a chipper and smiling face can obtain. Keep your sunny side up everyone!
Posted by Angela F


Angela, I hear you loud and clear.  We too are far from our four children and seven grandchildren.  There isn't always time or money to make frequent visits but we relish every special time together.  All four live in different states, none are within a day's drive.

I've found working with young people at church a very rewarding use of my time.  I also enjoy visiting shut-ins but haven't done much of that of late. 

As a hospital volunteer, I often see older members of church as patients.  That gives me a good opportunity to visit and encourage them.

I see that our children have begun their own holiday traditions, as well as carrying-over some we established with them when they were children.




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posted at 1/18/2011 6:29 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Everyday Traditions - not many left : Angela, I hear you loud and clear.  We too are far from our four children and seven grandchildren.  There isn't always time or money to make frequent visits but we relish every special time together.  All four live in different states, none are within a day's drive. I've found working with young people at church a very rewarding use of my time.  I also enjoy visiting shut-ins but haven't done much of that of late.  As a hospital volunteer, I often see older members of church as patients.  That gives me a good opportunity to visit and encourage them. I see that our children have begun their own holiday traditions, as well as carrying-over some we established with them when they were children.
Posted by Harriet G


I guess that this is the best thing and most of us older folks have learned to share our time and talents to make up for the distances between us and our children. I know that I find airline traveling today a hassle since when I must fly I am alway patted down because of a double hip replacement.

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posted at 1/18/2011 7:30 AM EST
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I was at my aunts house and she had every thing tradition because she is old fashion.

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posted at 1/18/2011 7:52 AM EST
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I love the gathering of family and friends over holidays.  But it does not happen as much now as it did when I was younger.  The main reason (I think) is because there is so much to do all the time.  You have to stop and take the time to be with your family.  Too many times we put it off thinking we can do that any time.  I hope more people will take the time for this important ritual.

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posted at 1/18/2011 9:13 AM EST
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We try to keep Christmas the same but it gets harder every year as the kids are doing there only now.

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posted at 1/19/2011 5:48 AM EST
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Our family is smaller and spread apart. Holidays are still a time for family, we remember the ones who are no longer here with us, but our in our hearts.
Posted by irma d


Always in our hearts!Kiss

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posted at 1/23/2011 6:48 AM EST
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Sorry if I haven't responded to anyone. I have had a little problem adding and posts. I finally took care of it myself. The VBB comment or question line is a little nuts. They never answered my question, but I decided today to sign out and then sign in and it worked!

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posted at 1/23/2011 8:28 AM EST
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Glad to have you back Angela ... you're such a blessing to this board.

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posted at 2/27/2011 5:37 AM EST
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There don't seem to be many traditions passed down anymore.
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