All I want for Christmas...
One of the reasons we love holidays so much is because of the traditions involved.
Though we grow and change, and although the people around us may come and go, holiday traditions allow us to return, if only in memories, to happier and simpler times. Of course, not all of our heartfelt, age-old traditions are so, er, traditional.
What does your family do on Christmas that, as you get older, you realize is a little weird?
People were asked to share their weird family customs, and these hilarious anecdotes will have you wanting to start new traditions with your family and friends!
About the Wreath…
I guess this is weird now that I think about it. You’re only allowed to kill male pheasants, so when you clean one you have to leave the head, a wing, or a foot attached (the roosters have a spur). My sister and I went pheasant hunting and brought some birds home when we were in high school. When my mom cooked the pheasant, she cut off the foot and stuck it on the Christmas wreath. Now whenever my sister or I kill a new animal, we give my mom something for the wreath. We’ve got a variety of duck species, a few goose feet, a quail, a deer tail, a turkey foot, lots of feathers, a squirrel foot and tail. That reminds me I’ve got some rabbit feet I dried in salt I need to mail her. The wreath actually looks great. (iowan)
On Christmas Eve we all pack up into the car and drive around looking at the Christmas lights around town.
Oh yeah, and we drink Chocolate Milk from Baby Bottles while we do it.
It started when my siblings and I were just little kids, just never really grew out of it.
I don’t know, it’s nice. Reminds me of when I believed in Santa, so it doesn’t bother me at all that people think it’s weird. It’s just a very small water bottle with a weird top. (FourtE2)
The Christmas Eel
One year there was a TV programme on before Christmas, something like ’10 Worst Christmas Disasters’
One feature on the programme was about a family who bought a Christmas tree that had been imported from Norway, and it had a snake wrapped around the trunk, which went unnoticed until Christmas morning, scaring the family to death, with the mother on the TV screaming about a ‘Christmas tree eel’
Now this terrified my sister (6 or 7 at the time)! So we decided to wrap a toy snake around the bottom of our tree, so when she went to get her presents right from the back, she saw this snake and ran out in tears. Hilarious.
Now every year we wrap our own Christmas tree eel around our tree and have done for about 14 years! (FierceTom)