Traditions Make a Family Close

1972 Rose Family Christmas Party. Grandpa's last with us. Top right corner.

1972 Rose Family Christmas Party.
Grandpa’s last with us – top right corner. I’m on the third row in the purple shirt. My oldest brother Mick and cousin Larry are missing. They were on LDS missions.

When I reflect on my childhood, it is the holiday traditions—not the gifts—which are memorable. At Christmas time we met at Grandma and Grandpa Rose’s house for a family party on Christmas Eve. During the gathering time we ate Grandma’s fudge and banana slush. When all arrived, the party began with one of my grandparent’s children and their family taking a turn presenting the Christmas story. Afterwards, all the children took a turn sharing a talent—singing, playing an instrument, reading a poem or telling a story or joke. All eighteen grandchildren were expected to participate. Some paired up and did things together. Then we sang Christmas carols and Santa and Mrs. Clause came to pass out their gifts. Grandma and Grandpa went to a lot of work to make it such an enjoyable evening.

1972 Grandma

1972 Grandma Rose passing out gifts

As the Rose family grew we switched the party to December 23rd to accommodate a larger family’s schedule.

The best gift they gave us was a close family and wonderful memories with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

2013 Mom & Dad

2013 My parents with Santa, carrying on the tradition. Merry Christmas!

Now that my grandparents are gone — my parents, both in their eighties, carry on this same tradition with their children, grand- and great-grandchildren now totaling seventy-three people. Too large for a family picture. They go to the same work as my grandparents did to keep our family close and build wonderful memories for the new generation.

3 thoughts on “Traditions Make a Family Close

  1. Thanks for reminding me of our families traditions. I have such wonderful memories as we celebrated holidays, birthdays, etc. together. They are priceless to me and I’ll treasure those memories for the rest of my life. I love you Barbara and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  2. Barbara, thanks so much for posting these wonderful pictures!! Christmas IS about family and traditions!!! Thank you for the reminder and for being such a WONDERFUL cousin!!!

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