573 Magazine Nov 2016 - Page 86

Every year Christmas is a huge deal in our family.  We try to get as many of our siblings as possible to come down.  Some years there is upwards of twenty people stuffed in our parents’ home, including husbands, boyfriends, nieces, nephews, even the random friend once in a while.  We all are woken up early by my mother blasting her Christmas music.  We gather around the tree in the living room (for there are three trees in the house) and we open our “stocking presents”- which are brought special for us by Santa Claus, no matter how old we are.  During this time, my father is making breakfast, usually cinnamon rolls, our Christmas delicacy.  Then we eat, clean up, and head down stairs for the rest of the present opening.