Post # 1
I made a massive boo-boo…. I put lots of chocolate on it. Not particularly a bad idea… unless it’s right next to the heater…. chocolate puddles all round. Oops!
Mum says this is my punishment for putting the tree up too early, I say I had enough etiquette to last a lifetime with the wedding, and it aint ruling me anymore! She has strongly advised against mentioning the tree to my grandmother because it may send her a bit hoop-la with her superstitions.
I would laugh at their funny little quirks, but then again I am the 32 year old who still expects a tangerine and bag of chocolate coins from my parents with my gifts, and get sad if Mum forgets.
What are your Christmas quirks? Or any holiday quirks actually!
NOTE: I personally hate the word Xmas and would have used Christmas, but it was the only word I could cut short – hence that X…
Post # 3
Chocolate on the christmas tree???? How does that work exactly? I’d probably eat it all off.
Post # 4
@PinkMermaid: They’re little choclate balls wrapped in Christmas foil with picturs of snowmen, santa and reindeers, although you can get in shapes as well. Mum used to put them on the top half of the tree when we were little as we’d eat them too. I bought a huge bag of chocolate balls and have the left overs in a big chocolatier crystal thing we got as a christmas present and were perplexed when we’d have a situation that would require such a bowl apart from adding to the dusting haha!
Post # 5
i thought everyone put chocolates on the tree!! I have already put the garland up over the mantle piece wih fairy lights and our NOEL stocking hanger. Presents are all wrapped and siting in the spot the tree will go in. Putting the tree up on the first!
Post # 6
I thought everyone had chocolates for their trees, we also put crackers on them but no one is ever allowed to pull them so the poor crackers have to sit on the tree year after year.
Every Christmas morning when I wake up (usually at 6am) I grab my stocking from the door and feel all the presents inside, then as soon as I hear my parents getting their cups of tea I run and jump into bed with them to open all the presents. Unfortunantly I am no longer a) a child b) small so usually my dad fall out the side before wandering off grumbling how his grown-up daughter still acts like a 6 year old! My mum still snuggles up with me .
Until I have my own children I will continuing acting like this because I love our family traditions. Woe betide anyone who trys to change them haha.
Post # 7
@PimmsBride: Poor crackers!!! Mum buys two huge boxes – one for the tree and one for pulling on Christmas day (usually posh ones with things like nail clippers inside). And then the rest are pulled when the tree is pulled down – if my childish brothers haven’t first pulled out all the bangers and scared the be-jaysus out of everyone in the meantime. Rule in our house – if you’re festive enough to pull the cracker, then you are festive enough to wear the paper hat!
Post # 8
@Cariad: Ha my mom always tells me that X-mas was created to X-out the Christ part, and not to use it.
Post # 9
We ALWAYS got new pjs on Christmas Eve so that we could open our presents in new ones.
We used to always put up our tree on Black Friday as well. I’m super late this year and I don’t have it up yet!
Post # 10
LOL I am christmas puritan. I put the tree up on the 1st of December and then take it down on epiphany. I can only imagine my mother’s reaction if I did something different!
Post # 11
I have never heard of crackers and chocolate on cmas trees!
No real quirks here, except maybe that I have 11 cmas trees (though this year I only put up 7). Not all are tall. They range from 7.5ft tall to table top size.
- Main tree (mish mosh of ornaments from childhood, those given to me as gifts, ornies that I buy on vacations, etc.). I buy an ornament on every vacation to represent where I’ve been. 🙂
- Dog tree – all dog and dog related ornaments
- Vintage ornament tree – I collect the antique Shiny Bright ornaments
- Cardinal tree – All ornaments are red cardinals. I also use a faux berry garland, faux birds nests, antique prisms from chandeliers. It’s my favorite tree.
- Kitchen tree – I put red/white candy ornies and gingerbread men ornies on it.
- Texas tree – This was the drum tree in years past when I was married to my ex (who was a professional drummer). It had music and drum ornies. Now I put Texas themed ornaments -rusty Texas stars, pieces of natural cotton, etc.
- White bird tree – goes in the master bedroom – all white birds and white berry picks, white poinsettas
- Then a few small table top trees that I put around the house, on the bathroom counter, etc.
Post # 12
@GFerg: 11 trees?! Oh my gosh!!! We have two and I thought it couldn’t get any better. It must be like living in an amazingly magical enchanted christmas forest aka heaven!
Post # 13
Never heard of chocolate on trees. Candy canes, yes. We could never have edibles, though, since we have animals.
I’ll probably put up our tree on Saturday (the first). We just have a little 3′ one for our apartment because there’s no room to put anything bigger. We have a bunch of ornaments that I bought starting a few years ago. Stockings go up on the wall above the tree.
Honestly, I don’t really decorate for the holidays, although I may start once we’re in a house. I don’t like kitschy stuff or short-term knickknacks, and I really find most holiday decor hideous. I’ll make my own (thanks, Pinterest!) and buy some things.
ETA: As for traditions, we always go to FI’s paternal family’s Christmas the Saturday before. We do a gift exchange (normally we draw names, but this year they changed it because they were too lazy to draw names, and it’s going to be really stupid), and one of the neighbors dresses up as Santa and comes over to hand out the gifts. You have to sit on his lap and give him a kiss, haha.
We do Christmas Eve with FFIL and his wife and their kids, drink fabulous candy cane cocoa and some wine, exchange gifts, and they do CRAB FEST. FFIL gets a bunch of crab legs and they go NUTS. I sit and enjoy my bowtie pasta with cheese, haha.
We spend Christmas Day with my family, which tends to be pretty lowkey. We do a potluck style lunch and people give random gifts. They’re mostly for any kids (since you stop being “eligible” for presents when you graduate high school), but my aunts hand out cards and scratch offs, grandma always gives us something, and then we play a rousing game of Get Out of the House Without Leftovers We Don’t Need.
Post # 14
Chocolate on Christmas trees? I’ve never heard of this! So strange, and probably better I haven’t. I’d be tempted to eat a piece or five everytime I walked by.
I pulled out a bunch of Christmas decorations last night. I was driving myself crazy though because I have NO idea what happened to our wreath! We moved in June, so I think it must have gotten lost/tossed then by accident. So sad! I need my wreath on my door!
Post # 15
I think chocolates on the tree is a European thing. My family has done it since before I was born. My mother would put up and decorate the tree and include little chocolate candies in pretty wrappers. Then, over the course of the next few weeks, everyone would sneak in, carefully open the wrapping on the chocolates, eat the chocolate, then put a piece of bread in the wrapper and tie it back up all nice and pretty so no one would know the difference. We all did this untill there were no chocolates left, only bread crusts wrapped in pretty wrappers. It’s one of my favorite memories growing up.
Post # 16
i have never heard of chocolate or crackers on christmas trees, how interesting! the only food we put on ours is candy canes. we have holiday traditions (going to extending family’s on christmas eve day, fiance’s family that night, my family christmas morning, and grandmas later). we used to put our tree up right after thanksgiving, but we always have to put the tree up together and everyone in my family is always so busy that last year it didn’t get up until three days before christmas lol. when we do put it up, i always have to put the first ornament on and it has to be the highest one (it’s my “baby’s first christmas” ornament). i don’t know why to just always been that way!