December 23, 2012
Ever since my Grandma Smith passed away, my family has changed our Christmas traditions just a little. Instead of getting everyone (Smith's, Dennett's, Henrie's, and Barclay's) together for Christmas eve at my grandparents' house, we all meet at his house on my grandma's birthday (December 22nd), which is also my cousin, Alex's, and we eat food and have cake and ice cream. We sing "Happy Birthday" to Alex and chat then we all head to the cemetery to visit my grandma's grave. My grandpa usually puts out poinsettias or something (this year we put up a mini Christmas tree) and then we sing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and go home. My grandpa comes to my parents' house for Christmas eve festivities now but this is a fun tradition to kind of remember my grandma at this time of year as well. We always did a big dinner, nativity, and musical numbers at her house every year for Christmas eve and my grandma always made sure everything was put together so beautifully. We all miss her dearly, especially my grandpa, so it's a nice way to remember her and celebrate our family.