I have a “hot” new book out, just in time for the Holidays. I wrote Christmas in Cancun after spending Christmas on the Mayan Riviera.
For many years, Macho Marine and I have spent the Christmas holidays with his family. We usually spend Thanksgiving with my huge family in Upstate NY, but I think that has as much to do with deer hunting with my Alpha brothers as it does with smoked, deep-fried and baked turkeys. This is our tradition, though.
For the past several years, his family has made it a destination celebration. Cancun, Mexico. Let me tell you, Hot for the Holidays takes on a whole new meaning. More than once we’ve left Tennessee bundled in winter jackets only to shed them for warm Caribbean breezes and turquoises waters.
I need you to understand that vacationing with Macho Marine doesn’t include lazy days of sitting around a pool, or on the beach, soaking up sunshine. The man can’t sit still. Which is fine with me and my sensitive alabaster skin that burns in a heartbeat.
So we go play tourist. Sometimes our grown children and granddoll will go with us. We’ve seen most of the Mayan ruins, snorkeled the reefs, gone deep sea fishing, swam in cenotes, and visited Xcaret and Xel-Ha parks. From these experiences, I drew the basis for Christmas in Cancun.
We have a few other Holiday traditions. Macho Marine and I were married 36 years ago this week, and we were given an annual collectible Christmas ornament as a wedding gift. We still buy one of those every year. When each child was born, we started their collection as well. Favorite daughter now has 30 wind-up music bells and favorite son has 26 unique bells. Granddoll has 5 of her own bells with music boxes inside.
I prefer to open gifts Christmas morning, large coffee mug in hand. I love to watch granddoll rip into presents, eyes wide and excited. Macho Marine usually cooks the turkey or ham, sometimes both, and I make the side dishes. Favorite daughter started helping after college, but favorite son knows enough to stay out of the kitchen.
It’s supposedly a German thing, but we always have pork on New Years Day, MM cooking again. We have added the Southern tradition of black-eyes peas to the mix. I prefer the tree to come down that day. We have collected ornaments from everywhere we lived and visited so we talk about those trips and homes as we pack up Christmas. Mind you, this is our 19th home, and we’ve traveled all across the USA and been to several other countries, so we have lot of memories on that tree.
I want to hear about your Holiday traditions. Do you and your BFFs do the Black Friday shopping thing? Are you one of those who has all the gifts purchased and wrapped before Thanksgiving? Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve, or is it the morning mad dash? Do you go to someone else’s house for a big meal or stay home and cook? Does your family exchange names so you’re not buying dozens of gifts, just one big one? I’d like to hear about your traditions
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I’m looking forward to your comments on your family Holiday traditions. 🙂