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    The beginning of the holiday season has been a whirlwind in our household.  The past couple of weeks have included parent-teacher conferences at my school and the hustle and bustle of planning for Thanksgiving.  As if all that wasn’t enough, both of my sons came down with strep throat and my younger one even got an ear infection to boot.  Basically, I’ve been running around like a chicken without a head and we have tried to keep the joy in everything we are doing despite some of these bumps in the road.


    I’ve really enjoyed being able to spend quality time with my family and those who truly matter in my life. We always get together to celebrate the holidays and, for the past two years, it has become a tradition to spend Thanksgiving at my sister’s house.  Not only do we always have a great time, but I love not having to cook and just showing up to eat every year.  My sister is an amazing cook and she always prepares a feast for all of us to enjoy.


    From Friday night dinners to a daily cup of coffee (or three) at Luke’s, the Gilmores are full of unique quirks and traditions that rival even the most beloved Netflix families. Whether your family embodies the spirit of the fast-talking Gilmores or is more like the group-hugging Fullers or slightly strange Byers, when it comes to dynamics and traditions, how does your family compare?


Let’s Discuss:  What are some of your family holiday traditions?

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  1. You sound like you have a wonderful and loving family! Most of my family lives too far away to see very often which is sad. But I have close friends who I spend most holidays with–and bring my Mom along!

  2. My Grandson is taking medication right now for an ear infection. UGH!! Every winter the kids seem to get so sick.
    As for traditions… It seems as I get older, I let my Daughter take over and do the Holidays. She has her own way of doing things so I just go with the flow.

  3. I always have my parents over for Thanksgiving. My brother was able to bring his son, who lives in another state, this year so we were very thankful to be able to see him.

  4. I have so many shows and movies in my queue and I’m loving the Netflix originals too.

  5. We just recently got Netflix – specifically for Gilmore Girls! haha I am obsessed with it now!

  6. Our newest tradition is picking a video game that we can all play together. That said there’s only two of us so that helps but making the time and doing it together is so important! Hope your family is on the mend!

  7. One of my favorite holiday traditions is to consume anything with chocolate and peppermint. Another is to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.

  8. Netflix is a great escape, right! And for my family, thats a helpful and comfortable way to hang out! We dont have many traditions…and the ones we had have faded away (pout), but maybe time to start new ones!

  9. I just finished watching the new Gilmore Girls! I watched the originals when they first came out and have been dying to watch the new ones! I loved it! This is why I love Netflix so much. I can watch it when my kids go to bed rather than always being behind on my favorite shows.

  10. I just finished watching the new Gilmore Girls episodes and I am hooked! I hope there is another season…left me hanging!

  11. We love Netflix! It’s a life saver on so many levels, plus I love pulling up great shows that I grew up watching growing up, and sharing with my kids.

  12. We love being with family for Thanksgiving. Sorry you all have been sick. I need to start Gilmore Girls.

  13. I really think celebrating family during the holidays IS SO important! I always try to focus in one everyone else, and not just on myself! These are excellent family photos!

  14. We have so many traditions. I like the Santa sack best. Santa leaves it when we go to midnight mass, then we get our PJs, a game and snacks to eat before we go to bed. Great fun.

  15. Holidays are meant to be celebrated wit family, but a lot of people are heading towards lonelism (it is not a grammatically correct word). Okay, do not celebrate it, but at least be with your family and take part in certain activities. The holidays are a good time to strengthen our family and connections.

  16. I am SO excited for Fuller House 2 on Dec 9!! I loved the first season. These are great shows to choose from. I am halfway through episode 1 of Gilmore Girls new show.

  17. My mom and I binge watched Gilmore Girls the day Netflix released it! It was nice spending time with her watching a show we used to watch all the time.

  18. I am so excited to watch the Gilmore Girls, I really didn’t enjoy the last season and can’t wait to have it redone!

  19. Netflix is my guilty pleasure I love it! And when watched with the family even better =)

  20. Elizabeth O says

    Since I don’t have family here in the USA, I prepare Thanksgiving dinner for my family and sometimes my kids invite their friends to join us. I love the coziness of it all. Watching a good movie afterwards is a nice wrap up.

  21. I will be honest, I never watched an episode of Gilmore Girls in my life. I love how it’s taking the approach similar to the Fuller House concept and revamping a show! Netflix if you are reading this comment (I been trying to be down with the Stream for Years), I have a great idea. Bring back Family Matters and Revamp it I promise you it would do great. Netflix is just genius when it comes to their own series and specials can’t have the holidays or a binge session without them!

  22. I just started watching Gilmore Girls and it seems good so far. I spend my time with friends during the festive season!

  23. Jessica Hughes says

    I just finished up the Gilmore Girls and want more episodes! We watch Netflix daily instead of buying cable and love it

  24. I am beyond excited for Fuller House this weekend! I was disappointed with Gilmore Girls so I’m hoping this redeems things for me!

  25. I love Netflix. We’ve had it for a loooong time now, from back when they just sent DVDs. I hear Gilmore Girls is good, but I haven’t seen it yet.

  26. I am so excited for the new season of Fuller House. I already watched the new Gilmore Girls TWICE! It was so cute.

  27. One of our favorite traditions is going to get a christmas tree together and then going out for Dunkin Donuts coffee 🙂 It’s not much but it’s something we look forward to doing every year.

  28. I love Netflix. I watch it all the time. I am currently binge watching Army Wives on there. That’s a really good show.

  29. I absolutely love Netflix! I have yet to start the new Gilmore Girls season, but I can’t wait to!! It’s gonna be so good.

  30. Christina Aliperti says

    We make hot cocoa and wrap gifts together. We also do a movie or TV night where we choose something that everyone loves.

  31. Very sweet! I’m sorry your kiddos got sick, but very glad that you have a lovely sister who does all the cooking, so one less thing for you to worry about!

  32. I can’t wait to watch Fuller House! We loved the first season! My fave holiday tradition is baking sugar cookies with my boys! 🙂

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