WELCOME TO SOUTH CAROLINA
This challenge really had me going. I was starting to think I was tradition-less. (Is that a word?) As I told Ailsa, of wheresmybackpack, whose challenge I am attempting to enter my post in, I didn’t know if I’d be participating in this one. But she was her cute, little, adorable, helpful self and encouraged me not to fret. She made a few suggestions, all of them appropriate 🙂 and told me to hang in there and not to give myself a headache. which I was. “There’s always next week,” she told me. Now I am a procrastinator. That’s a fact. But I’m not a quitter. So, here’s the one and only traditional event that occurs in my life. Everything else is fly by the seat of my pants.
When time and finances allow, we like to spend Christmas with our grand children (If you’ve seen pictures of them on other posts, you’ll know why. They are way too cute!) This takes us to Georgia. (The U.S. kind, not the European-by-the-Black Sea kind).
But, I’m not a flyer, so we drive. My husband will fly, but he apparently loves me (this is what he tells me) because he will make that trip via auto every time. This takes us about 14 hours. I contribute to the driving, but not on a 50/50 level. More like 80/20, me being the, yes, you guessed it, the 20%.
Now it’s a little out of the way, but we make a pit stop about 12 hours into the trip, in Charleston, South Carolina. This is where we, ultimately, wish to spend our Golden Years. (OK, we are already one leg into our Golden Years, but we’re not ready for no-work- at-all retirement, so living in S.C. will have to wait.)
This pit stop and the family visit is as close to tradition in our lives as we get.
You gotta just love Christmas in S.C. or the Fourth of July or my birthday or, well, you get my drift. These are some of my favorite pix.
Then there’s the traditional unwrapping of gifts.
You know. When you get the dreaded green jacket, or pj’s, or superhero underwear.
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Cute – every grandparent should traditionally visit the “baby grands” as often as possible!
The grand kids are definitely the draw, but Charleston is a perk.
I loved this post. I noticed you’re a twenty-percenter like me… And thanks for not being a quitter.
No. Thank YOU! for stopping by. I’m glad you liked it. I like driving, but I get tired and I always want to sightsee. A little tough when you’re behind the wheel. 🙂
Woot, I knew you had at least one fabulous tradition post in you, and here it is. Love love love it, Christmas in SC looks like a whole lot of fun!
Thanks for having faith in me ;-D
Great post. The Christmas tree decorations are wonderful. Love your little grandson with his green jacket. 😉
Yeah. I’m glad I didn’t give him that. He didn’t seem real thrilled. The trees are in hotels in SC. I love, Love, LOVE it there. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Great story of tradition, I want to see more of your Christmas, and trees, loved ’em. 😉
Thanks, Gerry. Next visit I will be more vigilant with my camera. Love seeing you again.
Love the visit enjoyed it, and more to come…:)
Tradition. I can see that being tough. But you done good! I love the building with the red traffic light in front of it. And of course the excitement of the green jacket just jumps out of the picture. Hilarious. The closest I come to tradition is getting the new iPhone as soon as it comes out!
I know, right? People like us, with little family nearby, have a hard time with upholding traditions, I think. But the new iPhone comes out in the fall I think, so, wahoo!
(you crack me up!)
It´s good to have traditional Christmas photos in July. I think we appreciate them more than when everyone is posting them in December. Lovely photos, Gemma! Well done.
Thanks, Marianne. I’m lucky I had one tradition to share 😀 I appreciate the kind words.
I would love to live in South Carolina I don’t think I can afford Charleston but maybe another part, I want a porch!
Saw your Getting Comfy post of July 24. That’s the wicker couch you will have on your porch in S.C.!! Maybe in Mt. Pleasant, Beaufort, or Edisto? Charleston is way out of my league as well. Sadly. 😦
Thanks for stopping by. I’m pretty new at this, too. We’ll get by. We’re of a persistent generation. Good Luck!
A warm, happy, colorful family Christmas tradition. Made me felt homesick for a moment. I used to wake up growing up with lots of voices laughing, cheering as we open our presents, share a delicious breakfast, exchange hugs and kisses, play boardgames. Now I’m making a simpler tradition to a family of three. Less voices but just as full of love. Life is good right? Thanks.
Yes, IT. Life is good. 🙂