Family holiday traditions?

posted 2 years ago in Holidays
Post # 2
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We buy a new couples ornament every year.

We always put up the christmas tree the day after thanksgiving.

We drive around looking at christmas lights, and about an hour away there is a town where everyone decorates and they have a massive display. We always go to see it and donate.

We do the christmas tree pickle tradition.

We used to do the tradition where you bake a charm into the bread and slice it up at christmas, I don’t remember the name of it.

We of course, exchange gifts, usually on christmas eve.<br />Stockings filled with candy and awesomeness.

We have family recipe cookies that we bake every year.

I’m sure there’s others.. but that’s all I can think of now.

Post # 5
2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

jenilynevette:  Yeahhh! The European in me wants to start the pickle, but I’m Dutch, not German… close enough right? lol

allyfally:  I’m obsessed with Xmas… (FI even proposed on Christmas day because I love it so much) so I’ll just give a couple

– Going out into the bush to cut down our own tree

– Xmas movies and hot chocolate while we decorate together (FI put on star, and it goes on last)

– 1 present X-mas eve

– Driving around to look at X-mas lights

– Gingerbread house making

– Family recipe bundt cake that I make (FI still jokes that cake made him ask me to marry him)

I can’t wait to start more as we grow as a family, def going to do Santa’s elf with the kids!

Post # 6
1566 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Bake cookies

Watch Love Actually all together

Open one present on Christmas Eve

Keep the Christmas tree decorated until January 8th (Epiphany)

Santa presents are not wrapped and are set up as a presentation in a pre-selected area of the room for kids to play with as soon as they are allowed to wake up.

Post # 7
6788 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

allyfally:  Our tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. I always went Black Friday shopping with my mom, but now I don’t bother and just do it online.<br /><br />On Christmas Eve, the entire extended family on my dad’s side gets together at my grandparents’ house and we always order pizza. We’re from Chicago, so going home for the holidays and getting “real pizza” is so amazing. It’s been a tradition since before I was born. Since it’s a huge group of people, we play Round Robin/White Elephant whatever ya call it. It’s a game where you get to pick an unwrapped gift or steal a gift that someone has already opened and you want. The person that has their gift stolen then has to draw from the gift pile again. Other xmas eve staple foods are chocolate fudge, “pukey little green things” which is cereal made to look like holly and berries, and snowball cookies.<br /><br />

Christmas morning, my little brother always wake us up (we still stay at my mom’s on xmas eve), and we all go down together to first look under the tree, then go into the dining room for our stockings (and to check the cookies/milk/carrot bc we’re still silly and do that), and after that we find the pickle on the tree. Oh, and “Santa” doesn’t wrap presents in our house, because my mom always said that when you see images of Santa with a sack on his back, the toys are never wrapped. I have a hunch that she was just too lazy to wrap them though, lol. That’s followed by going back to gma’s house for a full spread similar to the traditional American Thanksgiving. Then after eating we exchange more presents with the immediate family. 

The only tradition DH and I have started is that on Thanksgiving we always try to eat a meat we have never tried/exotic meat (weird, I know). But so far we’ve had bear, lion, emu, kangaroo, deer, and osterich. 

Post # 8
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

allyfally:  The Christmas pickle is a Christmas tradition in the United States. A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree, with the finder receiving either a reward or good fortune for the following year. There are a number of different origin stories attributed to the tradition, but it was primarily thought to have originated in Germany. This has since been disproved and is now thought to be an American tradition from the late 19th century.


My grandfather was full blooded German, and my grandmother was full blooded Czeck so we have alot of those traditions are still participate in today.

Post # 9
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Some things my family does:

– On Christmas Eve, instead of a traditional dinner we stick to appetizer-type things like fancy cheeses and crackers, smoked oysters, charcuterie, etc.

– We have a TON of Christmas ornaments, but we challenge ourselves every year to squeeze every single one of them on the tree

Some things my FI’s family does:

– They’re Vietnamese and not particularly attached to the traditional turkey dinner, so every year we pick a different cuisine (Greek, Puerto Rican, Indian, etc.) and everybody makes a different dish within that cuisine.

– The adults all play the White Elephant game instead of exchanging individual gifts.  Everybody brings one present under a certain price limit, we all draw numbers out of a hat, and the person who drew #1 picks a present to unwrap.  The person who drew #2 can decide to either steal that present (giving #1 a chance to unwrap something new or steal a present from somebody else in later rounds) or unwrap something new, and so on down the line.  It’s really fun!

Post # 11
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

allyfally:  DH and I watch a different Christmas movie every day until Christmas Day. And we always have a glass of wine while decorating the tree and house and always make sure to get a picture, bu the nightly movie is my favorite <3

Post # 12
137 posts
Blushing bee

we always get buy a fruitcake. I know some people do not like them, but we do enjoy them.

Post # 13
282 posts
Helper bee

My brother and I go to Taco Bell for lunch on Christmas Eve and then go to the mall to buy new pajama pants. Every year since we were teenagers.

Post # 14
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

On Thanksgiving, we never eat traditional foo . We have done everything from Italian, to Mexican, and last year it was fried chicken and mashed potatoes with corn on the cob. I think its been abpt fifteen years since we had a turkey. Lol.


For Christmas, I give my daughter the blanket knit her that year and we all watch the Polar Express snuggled in the blanket on Christmas Eve.


My husband and I exchange one gift whenever it gets cold out and save Christmas for just our daughter.

Post # 15
1906 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

I love this thread! I am so excited for the holidays this year. My FI was raised JW also, so the xmas thing is a bit new to him. I’m excited to bring him to my parents house. We usually make the same rolled butter cookie recipe every year, mexican wedding cake cookies, and teddy bear breads. We have to watch A Christmas Story movie every year (FI has never seen). And my mom makes us watch The Snowman. I can’t wait to start our own traditions together. ( I hid an easter basket for him this year, first time in his life. He thought it was weird.)

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