Post # 1
How did this happen? I can’t figure out how there have been not just one, but at least two traditions that people from all sorts of geographic locations have done forever, and I’m only learning about them now. I’m a total Christmas nerd, and the Elf on the Shelf and Christmas oranges threads were a huge surprise.
Brides and grooms exchanging gifts on the wedding day was also a tradition that eluded me until recently.
Post # 3
We always got clementines in our stockings.
Coins in the Christmas pudding is a tradition here.
Post # 4
@strawbabies: I just learned about the Christmas pickle ornament. I had no idea about that one until a few weeks ago, lol.
Post # 5
I’d never heard of the Elf on the Shelf until this year and what is all this about Christmas oranges?
I love hearing about traditions that are new to me! I definitely want to come back to this thread!
Post # 6
Our tradition has always been Christmas in PJs, but I think that’s just our family and not really a geographical or historical tradition, haha. Nevertheless, it’s comfy!
Post # 7
Pickle in the tree– It’s either German/Polish, first to find it gets a treat or gets to open the first present.
St. Nick’s Day, Dec 6. Put out your shoes at night and in the morning they’re filled with candy and goodies.
Post # 8
My family is German.
I have a pickle on my tree! The first kid to find the pickle gets a special present (or opens a present early, or has a lucky year… depending on your family’s tradition).
Also, on the night of December 5, we always put our shoes outside (or next to the door if it was snowy) and in the morning of December 6 they would be filled with candy from St. Nick.
Post # 9
@thatredheadedbride: Christmas pickle ornament???
Post # 10
Yes, my family has always done the Christmas pickle 🙂
Also every year my mother and father make the most delicious stew and hamburgers on Christmas eve. I look forward to it every single year 🙂
Post # 11
apparently noone in Germany has heard of the pickle thing http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth11.htm
But I will say that Darling Husband surprised me with the shoe thing on the eve of the feast day of St. Nicholas. He said he did it all the time growing up. I on the other hand had NEVER done it.
Post # 12
@pharmy: We do the PJs thing too. And I made a tradition of buying my son a special pair of Christmas PJs every year. It is the first thing he opens and then puts them on right away before he opens the rest of his presents. I think that is the only tradition we really have though
Post # 13
We always have tamales and get to open a present with a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve.
Post # 14
@strawbabies: Our traditions are we listen to music and cook on Christmas Eve. We always have champagne, even the kids get to have a sip for the holiday. Also, the kids can open one gift each on Christmas Eve.
Post # 15
Oh man we have so many traditions. We do the Elf on the Shelf all month long, we read The Night Before Christmas on Christmas eve… My Darling Husband and I watch Christmas Vacation before we go to bed. On December 8th we celebrate my sons birthday and give him an ornament that represents something he learned or did for the first time that year and we get him a Christmas book which we read that night. We go to the Sweet Lights in Hershey every year. We have Christmas pancakes after we open presents and then we get dressed and go see family on Christmas day. Starting this year we’ll go see a movie Christmas night too and we hope to make that a regular tradition.
Post # 16
Crap! My family is of German descent (so is DH’s). When I was little and we were stationed in Germany, we did the shoe thing. I’ve totally forgotten about St. Nick’s day as an adult. It’s on my dad’s birthday too. When I have kids I need to remember to do that with them!