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Traditions.  For me, they are what make each holiday magically memorable.  As a child my family's Christmas traditions consisted of:

* Opening and wearing a new pair of pajamas to bed on Christmas Eve.

*Making, baking, and decorating gingerbread cookies.

*Sibling Christmas Eve gift exchange.

*Caravaning to all of my grandparents' and great grandparents' homes on Christmas day to visit, munch on food, and give/receive presents.

Although I loved doing each and everyone of these traditions, the one that I always looked forward to the most was Christmas Eve Slurpees at 7Eleven.  Kind of weird, I know.  But for me and my family, Christmas isn't quite the same without it.  What's so funny about this little tradition though, is that it was formed completely by accident.  Ever since I can remember, my Dad has had an almost love affair with Slurpees.  So, one Christmas Eve when we were driving home from an extended family Christmas party, our family vehicle came to an intersection with a 7Eleven on one of it's corners; and before any of us kids, or my mom for that matter, knew what was happening, we were all inside the convenient store at 11:00 p.m. filling up our Slurpee cups and laughing at how random/cool this was. 

From then on, Christmas Eve Slurpees became a permanent tradition in my family.  Of course, there were those years as teenagers when I or one of my siblings would moan and complain about how un-cool the annual Slurpee run was (lame, I know).  But every time this happened, my Dad would patiently remind us that what makes Christmas special isn't the parties or the buying and receiving of gifts, but the traditions you form with those you love.  Because, unlike the presents and soirees, traditions create consistent bonding relationships and memories that will stay with you your entire life.  And, it is for those exact reasons, that this Christmas Eve you will find my family and I huddled around the whirring Slurpee machines taking a plethora of selfies and enjoying a random tradition that always reminds us of what matters

Thanks Dad!

Loves and Hugs,

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