Post # 1
On Christmas Eve, my family all sleeps in the living room by the Christmas tree. We refer to it as, “sleeping under the tree”. It’s like a giant sleepover! The morning of Christmas, we wake each other up and open our Christmas stockings. Our mom would make waffles (she had a Mickey Mouse waffle iron) and we’d enjoy breakfast together. Then we’d open all our presents together.
It was always so much fun. This year is going to be the year of change. Both my younger sister and I got married this year and won’t be with our family for Christmas. I’ll be on my honeymoon to Cozumel over Christmas!! But she told me that her husband and she are going to sleep under the tree and eat waffles the next morning. I just love it! I love that she is continuing the tradition even with just her hubby. I want to do it next year!
What are your favorite childhood Christmas traditions? Have you kept any of them going as an adult?
Post # 3
When I was little my parents used to wrap most of the gifts, but after we were asleep on Christmas eve they would unbox and set up some of them around the tree like displays at a toy store. And of course there would be more gifts under the tree then there were the night before, “from Santa”! Then they would cover the entance at the top of the stairs with newspaper so we couldn’t see any of it!! We would have to wait until my mom and dad woke up (usually around 7:00am, but it always seemed SO LATE to us lol) and then we got to “burst through” the paper and we finally got to see what was down there! It was always so exciting! I can’t wait to do that with my own kids. 🙂
Post # 4
We used to let off fireworks on Christmas Eve. We’re hillbillies. 🙂
Post # 5
On Christmas Eve we were allowed to open one present – however, the present was always the same each year: pajamas. Usually mine would match my mom and my brothers would match my dad (corny I know,) and we would put them on and stay in our pajamas all day the next day on Christmas. 🙂
Post # 6
@DeathByDesign: That is so incredibly creative! How fun!!
Post # 7
We always had PJs on Christmas Eve too! Santa would come while we were at another house for Christmas Eve, and when we got home, we would open them up and take pictures. I will be sure to keep this tradition as FI and I have kids 🙂
Post # 8
We always listen to Christmas music 🙂
My dad also thinks it’s funny to have the tags on our presents be “from” people/things that have pissed us off or irritated us throughout the year. In the past I’ve gotten “To: Iloveyourlovethemost, From: Ex-boyfriend’s name”…this year I expect something like “To: ILYLTM, From: Your evidence exam,” haha!
Post # 9
I used to sleep on the couch to wait for Santa. Good thing I was a heavy sleeper, haha. I’d set out cookies and milk and I’d even get a note in return. I’d always get up at like 6AM the morning of.
Post # 10
Every year my stepmom would buy a new Christmas ornament for all of us (dad, stepmom, sister and me). Every year when we decoraated the tree would would put our new ornaments on first then the rest.
We also each had our own bankers box with our name on it to put the ornaments that we accumulated over the years, and she always said we could take them when we started our own lives (which I did last year, which caused some tears from my stepmom).
Post # 11
My dad would read us the Night Before Christmas and the Polar Express (complete with ringing bell that we could never find). I made him read it every year even in my 20s until the first year I stayed somewhere but my parents house.
We also had to wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning (at the bottom was the front door so we could see nothing) until my Dad’s parents came over, tea and coffee was made and tree was lit. Then we had to come down the stairs nicely. If we ran or pushed we were sent back to do it again. I love that tradition now looking back on it. The moment we came around the corner and saw all the presents was the best.
Post # 12
It would be baking cookies with my mom! I was/am little sad I haven’t been able to do that the past two years. Between last year having an infant to this year with overtime mandatory overtime to the weather. We make (have does this since was a child) all kinds of cookies together.