Growing up, before heading to the tree my mom and dad would always make us stay in the kitchen to have a glass of orange juice and break the wishbone. We'd open presnets, then go to my grandma's later that night. Now that I'm older, with the kiddo switching holidays between mine and her dads house, my bf's sons schedule with his mom, and traveling (out of town) between families for the holidays, it makes it tough to settle down into traditions. I'm ok with it and the kids have done great, but part of me is nostaligic about growing up and I feel bad that she won't have those traditions to pass on. Even if they are as simple as a glass of oj and breaking the wishbone.
What were some of the traditions your family had? Do you maintain them now that you are adults, with your own families? Any new traditions?
How does your family distribute/receive gifts? My family tends to pass out gifts and basically open them at the same time, share what we have, and move on to the next one. It seriously takes about 30 minutes and is a little chaotic. My brother-in-laws family passes gifts out and each one is opened by itself, everyone taking turns. It ends up taking 2-3 hours. There has to be somewhere in the middle, right? Each and every one of us greatly appreciates what we are getting, so the chaos isn't a lack of gratitude. Actually, thinking about it Thanksgiving is the same way, sit down to eat for 20 minutes, clean up, and visit with family (just not around the table).