Post # 1
We go over to FILs during the day and evening. Then every Christmas Eve night, my family all piles into the car and drives around and looks at the Christmas lights. When we get home, we get ready, and go to the 11:00 church service. When we get up on Christmas morning, we get our coffee and our “spots” in the living room and open our stockings. “Santa” wraps all of the gifts in our stockings so we have more to open. My sisters and I all pitch in and get our parents stockings too. Then we take turns one by one opening our presents to each other. That afternoon we head back to the FILs and open some presents with them. What are your Christmas traditions?
Post # 3
Things are different this year since I moved away from home to be with FI and will be staying here 🙁
Usually we have a big breakfast that my dad cooks after we open all of our presents. And our “santa” presents growing up were never wrapped (but we don’t get these anymore!). My mom and my Aunt alternate dinners, and I think my mom is cooking this year.
Now I am sad. Haha.
Post # 4
This post makes me kind of sad because this is the first year I won’t be seeing my family on Christmas Day. Instead, we’re spending it with my husband’s family, which is nice because I really do like them. But yeah, not the same without my mom and sister since we’re all so close. They live farther away than my inlaws, and we just didn’t have the means or time off work to make it to their house this year.
Usually, on Christmas Eve, we’d go down to the local inn and sit in their beautifully decorate “fancy bar” area, all dressed up, and snack on appetizers by their fireplace while all our friends would stop in to say hi. Kind of the local hub/meet-up place for our family friends. Then we’d go home, open one gift, have mint chip ice cream while watching a Christmas movie, and go to bed.
Christmas morning, we’d wake up, get the coffee going and my mom would always buy lots of pastries for breakfast and display them like a buffet. Then we’d all huddle up around the tree and open one gift at a time to make it last a while 🙂 It was the best.
Post # 5
My family is Norweigan but most of our old traditions have been lost (I am third generation) so this Christmas I purchased a book about Norweigan Christmas Traditions and I will try to re-start some of the old traditions.
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
I just read about a tradition my photographer’s family has: Every year they videotape everyone in the family talking about their year – the good things, the bad things, etc. And they save the tapes and each year they’ll watch a tape from 10 years before. I definitely want to steal this idea!!!
Post # 7
Oh man, I ALWAYS get made fun of when I tell people how my family Christmas goes! This is my last Christmas alone with my family, we’re starting our own traditions after we get married.
My family (Dad, Mom, Older Sister, Myself and Younger Sister) get up early. We take pictures of us sitting at the top of the stairs in our pajamas. Then my mom puts on a record of this song called “Hello Christmas”. We form a train at the top of the stairs and go down the stairs in order of age. We stop at the bottom so my sister can put the star on top of the advent calendar tree. We re-form the train to go to the family room where the presents are. Dad always backs up into us at least twice (on purpose). There are a few other little things, but people always think we’re crazy when I tell them about the “Christmas train”!
Post # 8
@amanda.lynn – I LOVE that idea!!
Post # 9
During the month of December we countdown to Christmas by doing a “special thing” every day…i.e. today’s was to go pick out a live tree for the house. Other examples are pics with Santa (when we were younger), writing Christmas cards, making Christmas cookies, going to the local Santa parade, etc.
Christmas Eve Since I’m not married yet, my SO & I still go and spend the night at my parents house to make it fun. I have 3 other siblings and we all sleep on pallets in the same room and watch a Christmas movie. When we wake up on Christmas morning we wake up at the crack of dawn to run down the stairs to see what Santa brought. I still have one young brother so the rest of us like to make it fun. Our Santa presents are always unwrapped & in certain areas of the living room so we know whos is who. Our presents from each other & our parents are wrapped. After present time, Dad makes us stuffed french toast and Mom makes breakfast casserole. I love traditions!!
PS- my family could win an award for Christmas decorations. I think my parents currently have over 25 trees in their home, and at least 1/2 of those are full size!!!
Post # 10
@Bri Bri – we also have unwrapped Santa presents in specific parts of the room vs. wrapped presents from family! Weird!
Post # 11
Some of our traditions have been lost over the years, but still always do is open a gift on Christmas Eve. My sister and I used to alternate putting this ANCIENT ornament that we are obessesd with on the tree each year. It was always the first ornament to go on.
FMIL sent FI and I an old advent calander that has been in their family for years. I was really excited, becuase I love old Christmas decorations! Today we opened the first advent door, and it was a picture of birds singing in a window. Lovely!