Whether it was New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, my grandmother would then take out the rest of her delicious "tourtières" (meat pies) and we would feast one more time.
Other times we would go to the home of an aunt or uncle where the whole extended family would gather for a party. When I say "extended family" this would consist of even the children and grandchildren of my grandmother's sisters and brothers. It was so much fun.
As families moved to the suburbs, these traditions seemed to move out of our lives and I really cannot say why. I think what is telling though is that as the grandparents, great aunts and uncles passed away, their children then limited the holiday get-together to their own immediate families. So much of this tradition died with the elders of the family. I tried to keep the tradition of the blessing going. After my father passed away, I would ask my mother for her blessing.
When my husband and I first married, we would have open house on Christmas Eve as we have continued for 35 years but we would also have a big New Year's Day dinner to which everyone was invited. This new tradition did not last long - since people were up so late seeing in the New Year many were not up to a big meal the next day so we just let it go.
Traditions can be wonderful but I tell myself that nothing is forever though it is sometimes with chagrin that we let go of what was once so important to us.
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