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Christmas Traditions January 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.

Since my sister’s daughters were both in England over Christmas, my sister and her husband headed to Mississippi to spend Christmas with his family.

Instead of spending Christmas “Home Alone” . . . BFF and I packed our bags and headed to the “other coast” of Florida for a few days.

Staying in a high-rise on the beach didn’t feel like a “traditional Christmas,” but we did enjoy a few “Ho-Ho-Ho” moments . . . like riding the hotel elevator on Christmas Eve with a white-bearded guy carrying a Santa costume (who was probably headed to Cocoa Beach for the Surfing Santas event, but who wished to remain incognito):

“Hey, you look like Santa!”

“Shhhh . . .”

Note to readers:  NEVER argue with Santa on Christmas Eve!

The day before, after a happy (and delicious) Happy Hour at the Chart House, I snapped a shot of Santa’s eight tiny (champagne cork) reindeer . . . who did NOT insist on remaining incognito.

On Christmas Eve, our dinner plans evaporated when we arrived at Coasters for dinner in the Biergarten and found it had closed 2 hours too soon to suit us.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. 

Plan B ~> take out from “No. 1 Chinese Restaurant” . . . because nothing says Christmas like Lo Mein, Egg Rolls, Crispy Noodles, and Fortune Cookies served up on paper plates.

Ah . . . so!  Laughing

On Christmas Day, before checking out of the hotel, we enjoyed coffee on the balcony while checking out the waves.

On our way home, via Orlando, we stopped at Disney Springs for lunch ~ take out from Bongos Cuban Cafe to enjoy lakeside.

Black Beans and Rice . . . that’s nice!

Look!  Up in the sky . . . it’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s a balloon full of hot air!

After lunch, we wandered the shops . . .

Admiring a-moose-ing decorations . . .

We also toured the Christmas Tree Trail, full of all things Disney . . .

Hats off to my favorite Alice-in-Wonderland themed tree . . .

A few days after Christmas, we headed back to Orlando for a belated Christmas celebration with my sister’s family.

Instead of scones on arrival, we ate granola bars en route.  Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner (with Yorkshire pudding), we had pizza.  Instead of a garlanded Christmas tree guarding piles of presents, we piled our beribboned packages on an end table in front of the fire.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . . 

So, even though our Christmas traditions got tossed asunder this year to accommodate life’s changes . . . we found, just like the Grinch, that “somehow it came, it came just the same.”

Plus, we loved Plan B so much that ordering Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve might become our NEW Christmas Eve tradition!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?  Did you start any NEW ones this year?



1. Rainee - January 3, 2018

Lovely photos Nancy. Sounds like you enjoyed yourselves! Wishing you all good things for 2018 xx

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

Thanks, Rainee! May pleasant surprises greet you as you traverse 2018!

2. Piglet in Portugal - January 3, 2018

We also tossed our Christmas traditions aside, Nancy. WE went to the beach for a party. Got tipsy on champagne, ate too many crisps, sausage rolls, sandwiches, Bolos and other assorted nibbles. We had our main meal on Christmas eve so ended up eating cold beef sandwiches on Christmas day as both of us were too tipsy to think about cooking. Bah humbug 🙂

Happy New Year!

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

Happy New Year, PIP! I had to google “Bolos” to see what you meant ~> cake?

Good luck avoiding the “bah humbugs” in 2018! 😀

3. Jill Weatherholt - January 3, 2018

What a great trip! Thanks for taking us along, Nancy. One of my favorite traditions is breaking out the DVDs with all of the old pictures and slides. 😀

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

Old photos and slides can bring back so many happy memories, but sometimes happy memories make us “sad” as we think about the way “we” were ~> I’m still working up the courage to peruse my mom & dad’s photo albums. Baby steps . . .

Have a marvelous magical miraculous year, Jill! 😀

Jill Weatherholt - January 3, 2018

I agree, Nancy. You’ll know when you’re ready. I hope your year is wonderful, too!⛄️⛄️

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

Thanks! Love your little “Olafs”

4. Kate Crimmins - January 3, 2018

It all depends on who is around. Mixing it up is always a good idea. When there aren’t small kids involved, it doesn’t matter. This year we went out for breakfast and people were jolly and upbeat! Your Christmas sounds perfect.

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

This was our first Christmas without Tigger and mom, so we needed to do something a bit different to shake things up.

While it’s not going to be remembered as one of our Top 10 Favorite Christmases ever (those tend to center around tiny tots gathering to giggle and goggle while shaking presents under the tree), we enjoyed enough “Holly Jolly” and “Fa La Fa” to sustain us until next year. Next Christmas, we’re going to stay home and foster a kitten! Ho Ho Ho!

All the best in 2018, Kate. Keep your dreams alive. Win the lottery. Get that jet. And c’mon down!

Kate Crimmins - January 3, 2018

I hope it’s a foster fail!

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

From “foster” to “adoption” in a single *POUNCE* 😀

5. Tiny - January 3, 2018

Lovely Christmas story and pictures, Nancy!

nrhatch - January 3, 2018

Thanks! I enjoyed your tour of Stockholm ~ tres festive!

6. Debra - January 3, 2018

It sounds like you really had an enjoyable time changing up the traditional patterns. And your Chinese food holiday dinner reminds me of the movie “A Christmas Story,” one of my favorites, and the family’s Chinese restaurant experience when their turkey meets an unfortunate ending! I send best wishes for a healthy and peace-filled 2018, Nancy. I know you’ll be doing your part to find the best in each day! 🙂

nrhatch - January 4, 2018

I forgot about that scene . . . fortunately our Chinese food wasn’t “smiling” at us:

Hope your 2018 is off to a great start, Debra.

Debra - January 4, 2018

LOL! I love this movie and this scene! 🙂

nrhatch - January 5, 2018

A Christmas Story was my dad’s FAVORITE Christmas movie, hands down.

7. L. Marie - January 4, 2018

I would have loved those egg rolls and lo mein! What a fun season! I was also reminded of A Christmas Story.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the animated version) and the movie Elf. Love both of them!

This Christmas was a little different, since we drove to Texas to be with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law. But I was with my niece and nephew. I spend every Christmas with them.

nrhatch - January 4, 2018

We watched the Grinch at least twice this year . . . and caught most of Elf in our hotel room on Christmas Eve.

Enjoy the best of old (and new) traditions this year!

8. Behind the Story - January 4, 2018

I love this paragraph: “So, even though our Christmas traditions got tossed asunder this year to accommodate life’s changes . . . we found, just like the Grinch, that “somehow it came, it came just the same.”

My kids have been talking lately about some variety for Christmas. So this year we all (3 daughters, their husbands, and the grandchildren, and I) spent Christmas week in the Bahamas. I loved it, and though it wasn’t very Christmas-y, I have no complaints. The hotel did have a Christmas tree, and a Bahamian Santa rode up in a horse cart.

I think next year we’ll spend Christmas week at my house, and I’m looking forward to that too. It will be more work decorating and all, but I do like all those old traditions–at least every other year.

nrhatch - January 4, 2018

I’ve been wondering how you and your family enjoyed your Bahamian Christmas ~ sounds like it a good gathering. Mixing up traditions is a good way to keep things Fresh.

Happy 2018!

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