Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christy the Grinch, except She's Not a Grinch At All

Good morning my fabulous blogging friends! How's everyone's holiday season going? Still full from Thanksgiving? I hope not! Anyways, today, I have Christy sharing her favorite holiday traditions... Read on to find out why she really didn't want to post about this topic.

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Hi! I'm Christy from 25 Before 25 where I blog about my progress of
checking things off my list of things to do before I turn 25. My blog is
a mix of running, cooking, traveling and a random mix of things!

When Amanda asked me to write a guest post on my favorite holiday
traditions, I have to say I dreaded it and contemplated asking her to
give me another topic, See, when it comes to the holidays, I'm a total
Grinch. I'm that person that just tries to get through the holidays
rather than stopping to enjoy them.

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Don't get me wrong, there are things I love about the holidays...I have
my favorite Christmas songs and Christmas markets are my favorite thing
in the world. But everything else about the holidays is kind of tough.
I'm a middle child of 7 with divorced parents meaning I've never spent a
holiday with my entire family and know that I never will. Christmas
mornings for me were usually spent opening presents and jetting to the
airport so I could fly half way across the country to one or the other
parents house. I always had the horribly mixed feelings of being really
excited to go see Mom or Dad and really guilty about being so excited
and leaving the other parent behind.

Needless to say, the holidays haven't always been easy for me but every
year, I try and do something to try and enjoy them rather than just "get
through" them.

In terms of tradition, my family just kind of goes with the flow. My mom
was born in the Dominican Republic so traditionally, we celebrate
Christmas on Noche Buena (literally the Good Night), or Christmas Eve.
We eat roast pork for dinner and flan for dessert. We drink Brugal
(Dominican rum) for cocktails and sparkling cider for the kids. And even
though we're all well into our 20s now, my cousins and I still line up
our glasses of Martinelli's cider side by side to make sure no one is
getting any more than anyone else. After dinner and dessert, we crank up
the Christmas music, or if we've had enough to drink, the merengue and
dance the night away before opening presents (more for the sake of my
nieces than anyone) in ascending order of youngest to oldest, with
someone always getting to play Santa and handing out the presents.

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After the kids fall asleep, everyone slowly starts to stumble out and
more recently, I've started going to Midnight Mass with my mom, my
boyfriend and his dad.

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays, is visit the
holiday markets in Union Square and Bryant Park (New York City) and,
when I lived in London, in Trafalgar Square. There's just something
about holiday markets that is absolutely magical.

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My mom and I have this Christmas CD (A Very Special Christmas 2) that
we've been listening to to put up the tree every year for as long as I
can remember. It isn't officially Christmas until I've heard that CD
come on.

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And one thing I absolutely love is how my dad tried to keep us kids believing in Santa Claus for as long as humanly possible.

You know, writing this post has made me realize a lot about the
holidays...that even though I've said we don't have traditions, we
actually do. This year, my goal is to listen to a lot of Christmas
music, eat a lot of cookies and make the most of the holidays, because
what else can you do?

I hope Amanda is having a fabulous time in Paris and Madrid (and scoping
out the marathon course in Madrid since I'll be running it in April!).
And I hope all of you have a wonderful, happy holiday making the most of
all of your traditions.

Lots of love,
Christy

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Thanks again, Christy for sharing this with us! I can't wait until I get back to share all about the marathon course (if I can figure it out) for you! 

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