The most memorable Christmas tradition in my family is waking up early to open presents in order to make it to my great grandfathers in time for breakfast. Although the mornings were early and the drive was long, we never missed a year. Pulling up to his humble home, sitting on his quaint farm, you could smell the bacon wafting from the house while standing on the driveway. The best part of the morning was walking through his squeaky side door, in which you would see the same sight year-after-year : grandpa standing in the kitchen, with his red apron, wearing a smile and flipping French toast. Great grandpa started this tradition well before I was born. My father remembers grandpa cooking Christmas breakfast when he was only a teenager, as seen in the picture above. I always assumed it had been great grandpa that had trained my father on how to make the perfect French toast.
One of my most favorite Christmas traditions started out in my childhood neighborhood. There was a sweet lady named Marlene who had been diagnosed with cancer and was given only a few months to live. One of her most favorite things at Christmas time were luminaries. For this particular year, she had purchased bags and candles and asked all of her neighbors on her street to help line the streets with luminaries, which they all agreed to do so. On Christmas Eve that year, she was able to see her whole street glowing with these beautiful candles throughout the night.
Traditions are a big part of the holiday season. We all have those special, or sometimes odd, traditions that remind us of memories of our childhood or put us in the holiday spirit. That’s why, from now until Christmas, we’ll be sharing different holiday traditions from various team members at Gygi, as a way to spread a little holiday cheer.
Our first tradition comes from our Social Media Manager, Rebecca.