Post # 1
I just saw this on facebook:
“Start a new tradition in your family! Wish I’d known about this when my kids were small. Wrap up twenty-five children’s books (they don’t have to be new books). Put them under the Christmas tree with a special blanket next to them. Before bed each evening, let your child choose one book to open and read together…until Christmas.”
Which I thought was super cute – it made me think. Our family we always got new PJs for Christmas and we read The Polar Express every Christmas Eve. When we got older, we were allowed to go to the candlight 11pm service at church with mom, we’d come home and dad would have REAL hot chocolate and cinnamon toast made for us, I get warm fuzzies just thinking about it!
Post # 2
MsGinkgo: Hmm let me think on this one! I don’t know that we actually have any yet, but I just wanted to say that 25 books/blankets tradition is SO ADORABLE. I love it! And I love your family tradition!
Post # 3
MsGinkgo: Mmm! PJs, hot cocoa, and the Polar Express. That sounds lovely!
Do you think you and your husband will start new traditions together this year (first married Christmas)?
Post # 4
Church on Christmas Eve
Decorating cookies together
Amy Grant Christmas music
Post # 5
MsGinkgo: My siblings and I used to do “Secret Santa” between us, so on Christmas Eve we would open our Secret Santa present before we left for dinner at my grandparent’s. It was always exciting, because the gifts would be stuffed under the tree, and I’d be dying from curiosity.
Besides that, we never did anything too standard. We always went to the same Christmas tree farm to get our tree the day after Thanksgiving, drank cider, ate Candy Canes, and took a coloring sheet to decorate (the winner got a $25 gift card). Then we would go home and decorate the tree.
I plan on starting a few taditions with my children:
- I love the 25 book idea
- Gifting pajamas and a Christmas movie to watch on Christmas Eve
- Making each child an ornament so that when they move into their own house, they already have a good collection of Christmas ornaments
- Making cookies
Post # 6
All of them!
I am a holiday freak. It becomes insanity around Christmas.
-I take my grandfather to a Christmas concert each year
-My husband and I do a back and forth with elf on the shelf
-Christmas Eve mass
-Holiday movie nights
-Christmas light drive bys
-Annual Christmas cookie baking at my grandmother’s
-Opening presents with my husband Christmas Eve
-Black Friday shopping!
-Christmas music in the car from Black Friday until after Christmas
– A Christmas Story plays all day on Christmas
The list goes on and on….but the best things are yet to be traditions. We bought a house this year, so I am hosting Christmas for our families, and we have a little one on the way! I’m sure things will get even more festive once he or she is here!
I have one tradition I want to do so badly. I want to decorate our home like a Dickens’ Christmas and dress up in old mid-1800s style clothing, have Christmas Eve dinner by candlelight, and do the some of the traditions of the time period, like have games and dancing. Our house was built in 1850, and I have my heart set on it. My husband thinks I am COMPLETELY insane. I have to somehow get him on board lol
Post # 7
MsGinkgo: I love the book idea!! I hope to do that with my future babies 🙂
Growing up, we didn’t have too many traditions. When we moved away from my extended family, it was just my mom, sister and I, so we would open our gifts on Christmas eve and order Chinese for Christmas day.
My husband and I have a couple traditions – we always pick out a real tree so that it’s ready to be set up for December 1 and ready to decorate. I don’t really know if this is a tradition, but everytime we travel, we pick up a new Christmas ornament for the tree as well. DH’s bday is on Christmas Eve, so we try to make sure that day is only for his birthday celebrations.
I can’t wait to have children, so that we can start a whole bunch of traditions with them. Even though I don’t have any from my childhood, I still have fond memories of Christmases, but traditions just make it seem a little more festive 🙂
Post # 8
Gemstone: I don’t know, we’ve been together so long. I think once we have kids we’ll start our own traditions.
Post # 9
privatequestions: Omg…Can I come to your house for Christmas?! I LOVE when people go all out!
Post # 10
Absolutely ……I would invite all the Bees over for some Caroling in the neighborhood and hot chocolate, but all of my neighbors are Amish or Mennonite. They aren’t into it. lol
Post # 11
My family didn’t really have any real holiday traditions beyond “go visit Grandma”. I hope that’s something I can change with my future family, because I think traditions can be very important.
Here are some that I’ve seen/read about that I’m considering making part of my family when the time comes:
1. Use wrapping paper to close off the door to the room where your Christmas tree is located so that presenting the tree for the first time, all lit up, is like tearing open a giant present.
2. Camp out under the Christmas tree the first night it goes up
3. Special holiday-themed snacks for family movie/game nights (think popcorn with red & green sprinkles, or Thanksgiving trail mix made with candy corn)
4. Driving around town looking at light displays and decorations
5. Making your own root beer
I’m all about the “good, clean, family fun” LOL :p
Post # 12
It’s been a challenge for DH and I to merge our family traditions. For example – my house, no presents were opened before breakfast including stockings. DH’s house is more of a free for all. In my house Christmas was an hours long event. DH’s family tears through it all in a hurry. We put things away right away. DH’s family leaves it all under the tree for a week.
I guess compromise is part of marriage right?
Post # 13
Mrs.BigBear: I love the camping out under the tree!
DH might have done that one year…but it was more ‘the drunk christmas elf passed out under the tree’ not so wholesome family fun (but funny all the same – especially seeing as he was wearing an elf hat complete with ears)
Post # 14
Ok I have a few, some have slightly altered in recent years. My maternal grandmother, until a few years ago (she has Dementia/Alzheimer’s), would always stay with us the night before Christmas and spend Christmas morning with us. We would have a roast dinner on Christmas eve, then walk around to houses near us to look at the lights, particularly one that always did a huge display. When we got home we would all (except for my dad) sit together and read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, taking turns to read a page. Then we would put out carrots and milk for Santa and the Reindeer and go to bed. 7am saw us all gathered around the Christmas tree in our spots (we usually sit in exactly the same spots) with our presents and stockings carefully placed there by myself and my sister. Then we would go around and open a present each in turn until we ran out of wrapped presents, then dove into our stockings together. All must be finished up with a bacon and eggs breakfast with orange juice!
Things that have changed: my grandmother no longer stays with us, the house with the big display was sold so we don’t usually walk around there anymore unless there are good displays worth seeing, and of course we don’t put out milk and carrots anymore. But everything else is still the same – we still have roast dinner on Christmas Eve, still read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, still open presents at 7am – although now it is usually just me putting the presents in their places, still have our bacon and eggs breakfast with orange juice!
ETA: Oh and I almost forgot, the Christmas tree! When Mum and Dad bought our house in the mid-80s, my mum asked my dad to get a Christmas CD for their first Christmas in the house, and they didn’t have any Christmas CDs. She was thinking something in the line of a choir singing hymns and carols, but didn’t say anything. Dad was thinking something like that too, but thought she would prefer a Disney 24 Christmas Favorites CD, so he bought it. Every year when we decorated the tree we would listen to that cd, and that is the only time it is allowed to be played in the house, my family all don’t like it anymore, except me! And a couple of years ago I took on the decorating the tree responsibility, although if my mother doesn’t think I have put enough ornaments on the tree she will add to it!
Wow, sorry it’s so long, we have lots of great family traditions.
Post # 15
We always opened presents christmas eve. I always thought this was a really good idea because our family always comes over so we didn’t need to get up super early to open presents AND get ready to leave.
We hang a pickle on our christmas tree, do a secret santa swap, bake family tradition cookies, and go to view christmas lights.