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Traditions change over the years. Since we’ve been in Springville, we’ve celebrated Christmas in many different ways—but the last few years we’ve had our family dinner and gift opening on Christmas Eve. Once again we’re doing it different—our dinner will be at 1 p.m.

Several reasons, our grandson-in-law who lives with us along with his family, learned that his grandparents from Mexico will be with other family members on Christmas Eve. So, of course he and his family need to join them

Daughter and her husband are happy because they wanted to get an early start to travel to their youngest daughter’s home to celebrate Christmas with her family.


Grandson Nick is happy because he and his family can get over to his wife’s family celebration earlier than usual.

For Dad and me, it doesn’t matter, we’ll enjoy it no matter when it is. (Plus in the morning we’ll get to see the little great-grands open their Christmas gifts.)

Our dinner will be simple too, honey baked ham, scalloped potatoes, rolls, and strawberry jello salad.

Another change is this year we drew names to buy presents for—cutting down costs for everyone

At this stage in my life, I don’t need presents, being around family is what I love most

So, what are your traditions and are they going to be the same as last year?

Christmas long ago.

This is Christmas long ago with my family, no longer live in this house, that’s me sitting on the piano bench. We opened presents one at a time–took forever. Two daughters and a son are there, but missing a daughter and son.


About marilynm

Marilyn Meredith is the author of over thirty-five books, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree series. She is also the author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. Her two latest books are Seldom Traveled and Unresolved. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Epic, Public Safety Writers Association.
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  1. Merry Christmas, Marilyn. Well said. My family and friends are my greatest gifts too.


  2. marilynm says:

    Thank you for commenting, Kathleen. Looking forward to the day.


  3. patyjag says:

    Merry Christmas, Marilyn! The part of our family who came here for Christmas this year, left this morning and I’m getting busy with all the things I need to get done for my writing. I’m glad you had a wonderful visit with family. We did too!

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  4. marilynm says:

    We had a most wonderful time, nothing like family gatherings. I too need to get busy with my writing, I really neglected it this month for many reasons.


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