Twelve Days of Christmas: Ava Stone

Holiday Traditions, huh?
by Ava Stone

I never really thought I had any, just the usual stuff everyone else does.  Decorating a tree, wrapping presents, you know “the usual”.  But this year, as I’m merging my holiday traditions with The Scientist’s holiday traditions…  Well, there are definitely some differences.

ONE – The Stone household has always had a “fake” tree. (This is my Scottish roots coming out…Why buy a tree each year? Buy a good one once, and you’re set.) The Scientist’s household always does a “real” tree. I was told that Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the smell of a real tree. When I said candles had the same scent, I was met with a death stare.

FINE – “REAL” TREE it is.

TWO – The Stone household always goes out for Chinese food for Christmas Eve dinner. (Actually, I’d go out every night of the week if I could avoid cooking.  And who wants to cook at Christmas?  There are too many other things to do.) The Scientist’s household has always had a traditional Christmas Eve dinner – roasted goose and the whole nine yards.  Of course, my teen is quite upset at the prospect of not having Chinese for Christmas Eve this year, even though he doesn’t like Chinese food. “But, Mom, it’s my tradition.”

FINE  – ROASTED GOOSE for 3 and TAKE-OUT CHINESE for 1 (who doesn’t like Chinese.)

THREE – The Stone household loves happy, cherry Christmas songs. (I’m very partial to Bing Crosby’s crooner voice.  He should have sung every Christmas song.) The Scientist’s household has always listened to religious carols (Apparently, it’s a German thing.)

FINALLY I WON ONE – CROSBY’s WHITE CHRISTMAS it is!  And Peggy Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Gene Autry’s Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.

Growing up, we always opened one gift on Christmas Eve (which was usually some sort of Christmas pajamas, until I caught on and pitched a fit and refused to play along) and the rest of the presents on Christmas Day.  But in the world of split families, children must be shared. So, this year we will open all of our presents Christmas Eve, and the next day my son and his daughter will go see their other parent to open those sets of gifts.

And what will we do on Christmas Day without children?  I guess we’ll have to come up with some new holiday traditions!  Left over goose?  A little more Crosby, anyone?  Have you ever merged your holiday traditions with someone else’s?  How did you do it?  Do you miss the old traditions or have you embraced the new ones?

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ASFYLady Emma Whitton has decided its time to take her future in her own hands. She has been in love with Viscount Heathfield since she was in leading strings. Unfortunately, it’s been almost that long since she’s laid eyes on her brother’s old friend and vice versa. Tired of waiting for him to remember her, Emma pens a holiday invitation (in her brother’s hand) to Heathfield and waits as patiently as she is able for her one true love to arrive.

Heath isn’t quite certain what to make of the very strange summons he received, but his curiosity is most definitely piqued. He heads north to Danby Castle, only to find that his very orderly life is about to be turned upside down.

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 Royal Horse Guard, on Parliament Street, LondonAfter receiving what seems like an offer of employment from an English countess, orphan Bridget Kelly leaves her uncle’s house in Dublin to make her own way in the world. But making her way in England is easier said than done, especially for an innocent Irish lass with no family or connections. In fact, she’ll be lucky if she can make it to Derbyshire alive.

Still smarting from his brother and former fiancée’s betrayal, rakish Captain Russell Avery arrives at his sister’s Derbyshire estate, looking for something or someone to help soothe his bruised ego. When a pretty little Irish maid stumbles into his chamber one morning, Russell is certain he’s found just the distraction he’s looking for. Well, at least until he learns who the lass truly is and the place she’s to hold in his sister’s household.

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8 thoughts on “Twelve Days of Christmas: Ava Stone

  1. Melody May says:

    Love the changes in your tradition. We normally do Christmas Eve pizza, because I usually cook the big meal on Christmas Day. However, this year we are going to my inlaws. This should be fun (insert sarcasm). I wanted to have Christmas in my new home. Nope, not going to happen. Next year, we are “suppose” to get a real tree. I don’t know if I like that. I’m thinking a nice pre-lit tree would be great. However, my daughter is voting for real. I guess we should get a real one since we are in Montana. We will see what next year brings. BTW let Russ know happy holidays.

  2. Melody ~ Russ wishes you a Merry Christmas too. Good luck with your holiday this year at your in-laws. (I remember those years all too well.) I would think Christmas in Montana would be very charming. Can’t wait to hear about it next year. 🙂

  3. Jane Charles says:

    My husband and I didn’t really have to merge holidays when we married (years ago) and started our own because we lived away from both sides of the family. However, our Christmas Eve traditions have evolved over the years from early church services designed just for children to the late candlelight services when they were older. This year we are eating Italian. The middle child has to work that evening so we will be there (for her to wait on us). Having my children wait on me each Christmas Eve sounds like a new holiday tradition I could embrace – lol.

  4. LOL, Jane! I think that sounds like a tradition I may have to start. You are a genius. 🙂

  5. Ava,
    You crack me up! Chinese food is my tradition at Easter! Seriously! My husband gave me serious grief this year over this, so now I have a new tradtion-we go to my best friend’s house for Easter brunch! You need to find a friend on Christmas day who will invite you and the Scientist for dinner!

  6. Beth Caudill says:

    The biggest compromise in our family came on what to do Christmas morning. Growing up, my family always traveled the day or two before Christmas and Santa always found me at my grandmother’s for Christmas morning.

    My husband always had Christmas morning at his house. He lived in town with all his relatives. No traveling required.

    When it came to our own family, he insisted on Christmas Morning at our home for the kids. I don’t like it because I feel too rushed on Christmas day. We get up, open presents, rush to pack the car and drive 3 hours to the grandparent’s house and then progress to different houses to celebrate Christmas with all the great-grandparents.

    Wouldn’t it be better to have a nice leisurely Christmas morning already at the grandparent’s house? Sigh. Still not winning that argument.

  7. @Julie ~ I have never heard of Chinese for Easter. Hmm… But your husband isn’t a fun, huh?

  8. @Beth ~ When my son was younger, he was the only grandchild on either side. So if you wanted to see him for Christmas, you came to our house. Much better making everyone travel to see me than the other way around. 😉

    But, seriously, in the last few years, I’ve tried to fly home as I don’t have any family where I currently live. But now with the Scientist, I’ve decided to stay here this year.

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