every Christmas or Christmas Eve my dad's side of the family all
gather at my Maw Maw Mona's house. We cook food, open presents,
and have fun as a family. We have family parties all the time,
but sometimes a couple family members can't make it. During Christmas
though, everyone is there. No one misses the Christmas party.
The best Christmas party was the the party before my Uncle Junior
died. It was the last family party before he died which made the
party an amazing memory. The people, atmosphere, and traditions
make the Ramos family Christmas parties amazing.
Here, (from left to right)
Baby Fe, Maria, Zoe, I, and Alex open presents for Christmas.
Everyone goes into the dining room and watches everyone
people who attend number about twenty to thirty people in attendance.
It is mostly those who live within the state or nearby. The party
is held at my grandmother's house in Laplace, Louisiana every
year. The main people who are there every year are my Maw Maw
Mona and my Paw Paw Ray. Then, there are all of my aunts; my Aunt
Sylvia, Aunt Zenida, Aunt Sheri, Aunt Angela, and my nanny, Aunt
Lydia. Then, there are all of my uncles; my Uncle Glen, my Uncle
James, and Uncle Bernie. Every now and then my aunts and uncles
from my mother's side of the family attend the Ramos Christmas
party to see my sister and I. My mother's side of the family does
not see my sister and I very often since we live in Tennessee
and they live in Louisiana, so they visit us when we are with
our dad during school breaks. The people at the party are always
cheerful. We never have fights, arguements, or conflict at the
Christmas parties. When we are hanging out outside of the party,
we have small fights. At the Christmas party, everyone gets along.
Maw Mona hosts the Christmas party every year. Here, she is
wearing her Santa Clause hat eating. My Aunt Lydia is in the
background trying to get out.
say that the atmosphere of a place makes it comfortable or
fun. You hear this term used regarding football games, colleges,
and schools. Well the atmosphere of the Ramos family Christmas
parties make it the best. The atmosphere of the party makes
everyone feel at home, no matter who attends. It makes those
who are not family feel like family. No one is left out also.
You will always be talking to someone or doing something with
someone else. There is not a moment where you will feel alone.
We also know how to have fun at the parties. The most fun
we have happens when we are eating. My family revolves around
food. We go out to eat almost three times a week. We always
cook or go to someone else's house to eat that night. Food
brings the whole family together. We always have an excessive
amount of food at the parties, so hunger is not a problem.
and my dad were married the summer before Christmas of 2007
(shown above). Even before they were married Tammy was welcome
in our family. She would usually attend Christmas parties
before they married each other.
year the Christmas party has a number of traditions that are upheld.
The first is the gift opening. The gift opening happens the same
way every year. Everyone gathers in the dining room where the
gift opening chair is. There, one by one, everyone sits to open
their presents for the family to see. This makes everyone feel
special in the sense that they have everyone's attention. They
do not feel left out. Then, either after or before the present
opening, we have a huge game of Texas Hold 'em Poker. The main
people who play include me, my Aunt Sheri, my dad, my grandmaw,
my Uncle Bernie, my Aunt Lydia, and my friend Vinh. We are the
first ones to say yes while anyone else only plays when they want
to. Just recently, we started a new tradition when it is possible
for it to be continued. I usually bring my guitar to family parties
to play for everyone. Now, I play at every single party when I
have my guitar. My family is very musical, so everyone has fun.
and I are very close. He is my dad and one of my best friends.
Here, we're posing in front of the fireplace in our jackets.
the whole family gets together, it makes for a great party. Everyone
has fun and no one feels alone or left out. The people are numerous
and the atmosphere is unbeatable. The traditions that the family
has makes the party amazing. Nothing can match the feeling of
seeing everyone together having fun like a good family should.
There is no fighting among family members or disagreements. Everyone
is happy. The best part about it is that it will never end. Even
when my grandmother dies or something terrible happens, there
will always be a Ramos family Christmas party.
Paw Paw Ray always has
fun when the whole family is together. He is the nicest man
in the world and takes extreme care of his family. Paw Paw
Ray is a great grandfather. I feel extremely blessed to have
him as a grandfather.
This is an example of
the fun we have at the Ramos family Christmas parties. We
are a very goofy family, especially my dad and my sister.
a picture of this past Christmas. My sister and I are here with
my grandparents, Renato and Ramona Ramos.