Thanksgiving was a major dinner for extended family that both my farther away maternal grandmother, and my mother cooked. We usually had it at our house for friends and family, but sometimes we went over to my maternal grandmother's house for dinner. Just not often as my dad liked his dinner, and leftovers, a certain way, and my grandmother had a full house with relatives that lived near her, without us being there. The weather was always beautiful.
We went to my closer by paternal grandparents' house to exchange gifts with them on Christmas Eve. Then, they came to our house the next day, and had dinner with us. But, that was usually all that we did.
Though, sometime that week we would do things like visit the real reindeer, and go to a parade or two...The Hollywood Lane Parade, and one that was downtown which was very good. Oh, and my grandmother took just we two children to May Co. and Broadway dept. stores to shop. We got hot chestnuts from a cart outside, and would have lunch in the May Co. Tea Room...delicious turkey sandwiches.
Christmas Day was almost always at our house. We opened gifts in the morning, and my mother made dinner. Fewer people came over, though we usually had several people anyway. Paternal grandparents', oldest cousin and wife, and a couple family friends and their son.
When younger, I have photos of us trimming my maternal grandparents' tree, but that could have been a week or more before Christmas. I don't know.
New Year's Eve was not really a holiday at our house. But, we did watch the Rose Parade on New Year's Day. And rooted for U.C.L.A. if they played in the Rose Bowl. Well, I said "Win!" a couple of times, but didn't actually watch the game. I'm not a fan of football, just certain teams, lol!
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