Post # 1
So one of my traditions of Christmas is I like staying home on Christmas eve and Christmas Day because I like the traditions of opening up Christmas presents under the tree in my own home. My parents back when I used to believe in Santa would bake cookies and we decorate them and put them on a plate with a glass of milk and put the cookies and milk on top of the fireplace. And we watched a Christmas movie every year. when I adopt kids someday I want to share the traditions that I had as a child plus a few new traditions But the main tradition that important to me is celebrating Christmas at home. What are your thoughts? Is it important to not travel during christmas?
Post # 2
Traditions can be nice, but sometimes circumstances change things, and that’s ok. If there’s no flexibility, fun traditions can easily become unbearable obligations.
Post # 3
I work on Christmas eve and have worked Christmas as well, so not really.
I spent some great Christmas mornings with a sickly family friend and my mom a few years back. It meant a lot to all of us, and now she is gone.
Post # 4
For me it is not about where I celebrate xmas but the who I celebrate xmas with. For me people will always trump anything that is inanimate or geographical.
Post # 5
I normally work on christmas day!! This year i’m probably working over the christmas lunchperiod!! Quite helpful actually, as I don’t have to choose what family to spend christmas lunch with!! Lol
Post # 6
craigslistgirl: I do agree with you. I did go away last Christmas because I was in the middle of moving.
Post # 7
LittleKBee: what job/company do you work for?
Post # 8
I’m usually working on Christmas Eve, and we usually spend Christmas at my sister’s because she has kids and it’s easier for the family to get together there than for her to try and wrangle the kiddos and travel on Christmas day.
When we get to the point of having kids maybe we’ll rotate on who hosts Christmas, or maybe we’ll stay home in the morning and meet up during the day with family. I don’t know because we’re not there yet though.
Post # 9
As someone who works those days,no it is not important to be home.
As as a kid we traveled some Christmases and it wasn’t a big deal.
Post # 10
I think it’s important to be with your family, but other than that, anything goes. I was probably 17 years old the first time that we ever stayed home for Christmas. We always travelled in order to spend the day with our extended family (both sets of grandparents and most of my aunts and uncles lived about 4 hours away in another province). Last year my husband and I drove 8 hours to spend Christmas Eve and part of Christmas day with his family, and then on Christmas day we went to my grandparents house to celebrate with my family. Because both our families are far away (my parents have moved to be nearer to my grandparents now that they’re both retired) we don’t really have a choice but to travel, unless we want to spend the holidays alone. We both prefer to be with family. I’m used to the travel, to me it would actually feel pretty weird to spend Christmas at my own home. I think that’s only happend two times in my life!
Post # 11
Ap2010: I’m a nurse, so in one of those jobs where we still have to be at work! I actually prefer to work Christmas and try and have new years eve off instead. I like celebrating NYE with my husband, just the two of us. If I do have Christmas off though, I do like to spend it with my family at my parents house 🙂
Post # 12
I think the most important thing is to be happy with whatever you’re doing. If you want to stay home, do so. I will NEVER go on vacation for Christmas because Christmas is about home and family to me and not some resort in Hawaii. That sounds horrible to me.<br /><br />As long as you’re happy with wherever you are, that’s what matters. Home is where the heart is, whether it’s your home, your childhood home, or whatever.
Post # 14
On Christmas Day, the airport is like a ghost town. I love travelling on major holidays.
Post # 15
I feel the same. I always spent christmas eve and christmas day at home as kid and now I have a child we wouldnt have it any other way. We love just being in our home watching christmas movies on christmas eve and on christmas day my son gets to open presents in his own home and play with them all day without having to travel about.
My parents have a family meal at christmas day at their house but as they did the same with me and my brother they totally understand us wanting to stay in our own home with our son so they come round for a christmas drink and to exchange presents for an hour at midday which is really nice.
We are taking my son to lapland to see santa in his real home mid-december which i am really excited about, i love christmas