When my husband was about 8 or 9 years old there was a power outage as the family sat down for a meal of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese on the evening of December 23rd. They quickly lit candles, and thus the Christmas Eve Eve tradition of mac ‘n’ cheese by candlelight born.
It has grown quite a bit since its humble beginings as all good traditions will. Now, more than 40 years later, relatives from near and far as well as family friends gather at the home of one of the siblings, to enjoy the synthetic cheesiness of the iconic blue box mac and cheese (though now there are plenty real food offerings available as well.) The lights are turned out and candles lit throughout the house as people catch up with dear ones they often haven’t seen since the year before and meet new friends as well.
It was a smaller group this year as many of the usual relatives were unable to make it for one reason or another. Even so there were around 25 people and plenty of delightful conversation. One of my husband’s cousins had moved too far away to make the trip this year. He kept texting pictures of the Christmas Eve Eve he and his wife were observing in their new home.
While this year was Eli’s third year in attendance, it was the first year he really got what was going on. I couldn’t have been more content than I was to sit back and watch him bond with his cousins, having the time of his life holding court with a gaggle of teenage girls.
Does your family have any unique traditions? I’d love to read about them in the comment section below. 🙂
A very Merry Christmas to you all!!!