My Christmas Eve Tradition

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My Christmas Eve Tradition

Here I sit in front of my laptop on Christmas Day. As I type this, the clock reads 7:53 AM. I’ve already tore through my Christmas gifts, and my wife has done the same. While she is quickly wrapping up a desert to take to her parents house this evening, I’ve decided to take this brief moment to light a cigar and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Yesterday on the Stogie Review Fan Forums, I asked if anyone had a special cigar they planned to smoke on Christmas Eve. There were lots of interesting answers which made me think about what I would be smoking on this special night.

In my family, for as long as I can remember, we have always decorated the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. I am not sure where the tradition came from, but it has always been a fun evening for the family. Last night I ventured out to my parents house to see my parents, siblings, and nieces & nephews. Shortly after arriving the kids got to decorating the tree and carrying on. When it was all said and done, I slipped off into the basement to have a holiday cigar with my father.

I handed him an original Oliva Masterblend and he handed me a Padron 1926. The funny thing about the Padron was the story that goes along with it. Two years ago on Christmas Eve my wife and I got engaged. After the formal announcement to my family, my father and I slipped into the basement for a cigar.

Before I could pull one from my travel humidor, my brother handed me an early Christmas gift, a Padron 1926. This was the first cigar I smoked after becoming engaged and it was a fantastic way to round out the evening. The following year on Christmas Eve I smoked yet another Padron 1926 to commemorate the one year anniversary of our engagement.

This year I planned to smoke the same cigar. In a rush after finishing work I decided to forgo hitting up the cigar shop to purchase one. I was almost positive I had one resting at home in my humidor. After all of my running around was complete, I began packing my travel humidor before leaving for my parents house. It was then that I realized that I must have given away my very last Padron 1926 and the cigar shop had closed long ago.

I dug around for a bit trying to find a 1926, that I was sure wasn’t anywhere to be found. I eventually gave up and packed a 1964 in its place. I made my way to my parents house and chalked up my botched tradition to simply being busy. After I was finished playing with the kids, I headed to the basement for that traditional cigar.

When my father handed me that stick I was in shock. To the best of my knowledge he was not aware of my tradition and he single handedly saved the day. After a great day I had a fantastic night in a cloud of smoke.

Thanks Dad!

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year

What did you smoke on Christmas Eve and do you have plans for a special smoke on Christmas Day?

enjoying cigars since 2005

9 thoughts on “My Christmas Eve Tradition

  1. First I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday at Stogie Review.
    I’m a newbie to the site.
    I smoked a ashton cabinet pyramid late last night on the porch and I’m getting ready to smoke a nub habano in a few minutes.I think I also have a padron 1926 for later.

  2. Walt, Jerry,Brian,

    Merry Christmas ! I appreciate all that you guys do through the year with the site. I hope everyone got what they wanted for Christmas,


  3. Hey everyone,
    Erik, the guy with the green foam question here! Hope you all have a fantastic morning and afternoon opening your gifts and seeing what cigars Santa brought. He brought me a bunch of cigars from past “Top 25” Cigar Aficionado lists and from his own ideas of what to get me. I even managed to get my first ever Padron 1964 Anniversary Walt! I can’t wait to try it! Anyway, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and once again, thanks to you, Jerry, and Brain for all that you do here day in and day out, and thanks again for my question on green foam you answered!

  4. To help celebrate Christmas my favorite wife Sharon (ok, my one and only wife) and I smoked a Tempus Centuria we’ve been saving since September. Fantastic. It helped to make the holiday special. Later in the day it was an old reliable standby we both love. Gran Habano #5 Corojo. The bands have all the Christmas colors – but we smoked it for the taste. We wish you all a happy, prosperous, smokey new year.

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