Christmas Eve, 1991
The first one after my parents moved to Michigan
Kirsten and Travis, with my niece, Brianna in front.
Ever since my parents moved back to Michigan, 23 years ago, Kirk, Kirsten, Travis and I have been spending most Christmas Eve's with my parents. This has been a tradition for such a long time that when we don't go to my parents home in Portage, Michigan it is odd.
Christmas Eve, 1993
L-R Brianna, Kirsten, Colton, Travis on Grandma's lap with Grandpa standing
The family has changed over the years, but the traditions haven't. My mother, who is an excellent hostess, doesn't feel like she has been successful unless we have a sit down dinner. Her go to Christmas Eve dinner is steak, baked potatoes, green salad, watergate salad (for Travis), strawberry jello salad (for Kirsten) dinner rolls, and homemade Christmas cookies and ice cream for dessert.
Christmas Eve, 2013
One of the years we didn't have a steak dinner, just snacks.
The wings aren't even on the table yet!
One of the fun parts of the evening was when my mother grabbed grocery bags and tried to give away all the leftovers. My sister, Nancy, lived in Michigan for awhile and it was funny to watch us put things in each other bags, especially the candy canes.
Kirsten with her 2013 Granddaughter ornament
I appreciate that my parents have kept the tradition of our family getting together at their house for Christmas Eve. I have many fond memories of this special time.
Here are a few more pictures of the Glover Christmas Eve tradition through the years.
Sorry, Grandpa we cut you out of it.
The Berry Family
Kirsten with her gifts.
Grandma and Grandpa with the grandchildren.
Pictures in front of the tree are mandatory.
Eventually, my sister and her family moved to Washington
and it was just my family and my parents.
Our son-in-law, Chase, was welcomed into the family.
Then, our soon to be, daughter-in law, Alayna, joined us.
And last but not least, our grand pup, Ella. Her first Christmas there was one to remember. I may have fed her too many treats before we left our house.