Monday, December 13, 2010

Advent Calendar - Holiday Travel

Did you or your ancestors travel anywhere for Christmas?  How did you travel and who traveled with you?  Do you remember any special trips?
We didn't travel for Christmas.  Most years, my parents would have a get-together on Christmas Eve.  My mother's father (grandpa Hank and his wife Bonita) lived in Waterloo, Wisconsin, so we didn't see them for the holidays.  Mom would take us to see her mother (grandma Jean) before the holidays to exchange gifts.  Grandma must have gone to my aunt's house for Christmas.  My dad's mother (grandma Angie) would either come over on Christmas Eve or maybe Christmas Day.  She would make the rounds to all the cousin's houses.

For several years we had to be up at 5:00 AM on December 26th to hit-the-road for our family ski trip.  We wanted to keep playing with our new toys on Christmas night, but come bedtime, it was early to bed.  I remember one such morning, we were in a diner having breakfast.  We were the only people there, really felt strange.  My mom saw me just staring into space and asked me what I was thinking of, I said, "it's only 365 days until Christmas."  She sat there with her mouth open and her eyes rolling back into her head.  My dad and the man behind the counter roared with laughter.

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