For my family, Christmas is always a holiday to make new memories. Every year, we have a new family joke created during a party or something happens that we will be talking about for years to come. What better way to celebrate the the holidays than by sharing some of these stories!
Santa’s Severed Head
Now, this story is up for some debate for me. There’s some disputes over which kids were alive when this event happened at the family Christmas party in the 1990s. In the end though, it doesn’t matter who was alive but what happened. Anyways…
One Christmas Eve, Uncle Joe asked my cousin Mike to go see what was in the cooler. Unbeknownst to my young cousin, there was something disturbing mixed in with the beer in the cooler. He opens the cooler and there it is: Santa’s severed head. Of course, being a young kid at the time, there is a small freak out. I mean, what kid wouldn’t freak out if they had just found Santa’s head in a cooler!
The Christmas Gash
Living in New England, we don’t always have snow at Christmas. There have been plenty of years where it’s been 65 degrees on Christmas Eve. One year in the early 2000s, we had a warm Christmas with no snow. One of my older cousins had brought a glow in the dark Nerf football to play with during the party.
Now our back yard doesn’t have a lot of light and we have an old metal fence that goes around the year. This should tell you how this story is about to go.
Everyone was outside playing or watching the game. My mom had joined in and was running to catch the ball. This didn’t end well. She tripped and fell into the fence. When she stood up, she had a nice gash on the side of her head. Yikes! Luckily she was okay and we didn’t need a family trip to the emergency room! This gash became famous in the family though. The following year, one of my uncles had made some t-shirts featuring a picture of the Christmas Gash.
One year, we started using our fire pit as a part of Christmas Eve festivities. Everyone kept going outside anyways so this was just a nice touch to include. Having the fire pit lead to the dare devil relatives to a develop a new game: fire jumping. Although it didn’t start with fire jumping. Actually, this story starts off with all of the grand kids being lead in a circle around the fire scream singing “Jesus is the reason for the season!”. Once this singing ended, the jumping began. Adults and kids alike would take a running start and jump over the fire. This has become a tradition for the family and has almost become a right of passage for newbies to the family.
Roll with the Fam
I’ll keep this story short. Joining the family? First time at Christmas Eve? Don’t worry, we’re very accepting of everyone. Just be prepared to get a roll thrown at you first! It’s nothing against you, it’s just a right of passage.
What stories and traditions do you have about your family during the holidays?