Thanksgiving was spent at my dgp's farm. There was lots of homemade food and desserts. My dm had seven siblings, and everyone took a dish or several. The food was wonderful, and the time together was fantastic. The farm house was not that big (I thought it was huge when I was a child), but we were always glad to be together.
Christmas Eve was also spent at the farm house. Again, there was lots of food and such a feeling of family. Names were drawn for gifts, so there was a gift for everyone but my dgps. My dgps got gifts from every family member. My dgps were farmers and did not have much disposable income, so they never gave gifts. That didn't matter as we weren't there for the gifts.
Christmas Day was spent at home. Sometimes, we would go visit my special aunt and her family, and my dgps always made the rounds of the home. My aunt was special because she lived with us for 3 years, and she was more like a big sister than an aunt.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were always spent at home. I grew up with three boys and three girls plus my sister (of course), so we didn't sit around home while the Dads were watching football or basketball. We were usually out on our bicycles or just having fun together.
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