Post # 1
With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s coming up, I’ve been thinking a lot about starting some traditions. I asked Fiance about his family’s and they didn’t have many. Neither does mine. I’d like to start some of our own. I’d like to hear from you bees about what your favorite traditions are or ones that you are planning to start.
Post # 3
My family has so many! I’ve tried carrying on as many as possible since I’ve moved out of state…here they are!
Thanksgiving: Nothing too fancy, but the night before we stay up late making all of the pies for the next day. On my mom’s side, we would always go bowling before dinner…sounds a bit odd, but so much fun! On my dad’s side, we break out “Christmas Vacation” after dinner for the first viewing of the season!
Christmas: When I lived up north, we would go to a Christmas tree farm the Saturday after Thanksgiving and cut down our own tree. Now that I live in FL and there aren’t any tree farms down here, I have to settle for picking one out at Home Depot each year…I always get a live one though, it’s just not Christmas to me without it! We also make Christmas cookies each year with the same cookie cutters my grandma used to use! I actually found exact replicas online and ordered a set for each of my sisters and cousins. We also make Buckeyes along with the cookies (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate to look like the actual nut). We also make my grandma’s coffee cake recipe for breakfast Christmas morning each year.
Fiance isn’t nearly as sentimental as I am, so he just goes along with my traditions. I wouldn’t be who I am without them!
Post # 4
We only have a couple traditions in my family. We always put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving (it’s fake, I have allergies unfortunately). We all go out to eat somewhere nice on Christmas Eve as a family, and my guy tags along. Then my sister and I each open one present when we get home.
My guy’s family does the tradition where you hide the pickle ornament somewhere in the tree and whoever finds it first gets an extra present. Although my guy has been letting his little brother win the last couple years…good thing they both share their presents.
Post # 5
These are good! I think we will start putting up the tree on a certain day. A lot of traditions are about food. Maybe I should start a thread on Holiday recipes.
Come on, bees give me some more favorite traditions!
Post # 6
We always have homemade waffles with ice cream for breakfast. My dad makes them 🙂 And we always include our pets in Christmas – they each have their own stockings!
We already had our Thanksgiving. Usually FI’s sister hosts, and we all go out for dinner and an NHL game on the Saturday (the hockey game is FI’s favourite tradition, I’m sure, haha), and then turkey dinner on the Sunday at her place. But she had (guess what!) a wedding to go to this year, so FI’s brother’s new wife hosted instead. She did a fantastic job, especially with cooking her first turkey ever!
I will admit it’s been tough balancing his family and my family for holidays. Christmas usually means doing presents with our own families separately in the morning, then him coming to my folks’ place for dinner around 2pm, and then both of us going to his parents’ place for dinner around 6. Sooooo full…..
Post # 7
My mum always makes a special kind of baked strawberry and cream cheese french toast for Christmas.^^ It’s the only time of year that she makes it. When my father was alive, we used to put up the tree (fake) on his birthday (November 30th), but it’s too sad to do that now. And even though we are older now, my mum still gives my sister and I money to buy a new Christmas ornament each every year. The idea is that those will be our Christmas decorations when we get married (soon for me!)^^
Post # 8
Since I’ve been away from home for several years now and living in FL, my family usually comes to visit here. For the past few years, for Thanksgiving, we wil pick a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal to have that evening – for example, two years ago it was a Thai restaurant! It gave us two big bonuses: un-crowded restaurant and no clean-up! Hehe =)
Post # 9
we have some weird ones!
thanksgiving- we wake up to the rocky soundtrack to get pumped up for the turky trot race! we walk the one mile (not really a race for us, just fun), and then we have a huge party/breakfast at my parents house with tons and tons of food. we eat all day so we’re not hungry for dinner. but now that i have my fi we go to his house for the traditional thanksgiving dinner, so much food!
chanukah- we go to a friends house for a chanukah party where we do the chinese gift exchage and eat latkahs. we of course try to light the candles every night and give each other presents every night.
christmas- we do the jewish christmas. depending on where i am, sometimes i go to ny and we go to china town, shop and eat chinese. if i’m home, we go to a theme park and then go to chinese for dinner.
new years- we go to either my parents or a neighbors house for a night of good food and board games. lame, but it’s what we do.
Post # 10
@LittleLynx- Waffles sound awesome!
@roxiemarie -Where does one find a “pickle ornament”?
Since we live in AZ, we talked about lighting luminarias along the driveway on Christmas Eve. Fiance loved the idea. We also decided we would start putting up the tree on the first Sat. in December each year.
Post # 11
Christmas: eating dinner at the table with all the fine china out. we have recently adopted enjoying a glass of wine or champagne together with my parents which is awesome. this year will be m’s first time coming home with me (EEEEEEEEEEE) we were together last year, but he wasn’t able to come. So this year will be really fun with me having my first date home since like 03!!! my son will probably be home with us in the morning and this his dad will come and get him and he’ll spend the rest with his daddy :(…. it’s great but i don’t like sharing him on christmas.
Thanksgiving: I have to work (BOOO) but I will definitely be checking in with m’s family…
Post # 12
I love the holidays! Actually, we’ve decided not to travel anymore for the holidays, so this year we’ve decided to start some of our own holiday traditions. Mostly, we came up with a mish-mash of traditions we liked from my husband’s family and my family with a few new traditions thrown in.
Thanksgiving: We’ve hosted Thanksgiving several times, so i feel like we’re kinda old pros at this one now. In the morning/early afternoon, we just make up a bunch of munchie food (pumpkin bread with cranberry sauce, antipasto tray, veggies and dip, etc)… We spend the whole day watching football and Christmas movies. Dinner is always a huge feast with 10 or more different dishes. After dinner, we eat pie and drink coffee with Bailey’s. This year, none of family could come up for Thanksgiving, so our best friends are coming over instead. Since we’re hosting Thanksgiving, they’re making a big biscuts and gravy breakfast the morning after. I hope that tradition sticks around! We also go pick out a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and start decorating.
Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve day we like to spend in the kitchen together, making cookies and pies and bread. For Christmas Eve dinner we like a big spread (like Thanksgiving) but with a ham instead of a turkey. We also go to midnight mass. For the last few years, my husband and I have given each other new Christmas pajamas, so we open up those presents after church. The next morning, we eat all of the goodies we made the day before for breakfast. 🙂 Besdies opening presents, we also go sledding on Christmas day. It’s awesome!
Post # 13
@Mrs. Spring – We are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year. I hope I pull it off well. Sounds like you are off to a good start creating your own traditions! I love that you give each other Christmas pajamas! It seems I am always needing new ones by then!
Post # 14
His family never did much for the holidays and he LOVES that I brought so many traditions with me, and we have made several together already.
For Halloween we go to a corn or a milo maze and have fun racing to see who can get to the end first. I also make a peanut butter silk cake the night before (his favorite) and then decorate it to look like a Jack O’Lantern. This year I saw a thread on NotMartha about making meatlof to look like a hand, so I did that this year and it was a HUGE hit. We will do it again from now on as our Halloween dinner.
For Thanksgiving we have a huge dinner with pumpkin and apple and cherry pies made the day before and we invite friends who do not have their own family, so we end up with a big crazy time. I make double stuffing/dressing as he never had homemade stuffing growing up, only the stuff from a box, and I think he manages to eat an entire recipe’s worth all by himself. All the girls help out with cooking and all the guys do the dishes and then we play Clue. We also have turkey salad sandwiches the next day.
For Christmas we pick out a tree together and he shows off his macho man skills by putting it on top of the car and pretending it is too heavy and he is going to drop it. We get a new ornament every year, and then decorate the tree together. We also have cheese enchiladas for dinner at his sister’s house (about the only tradition his family has). Oh, and we open one present the night before which is new pajamas to wear that night. This tradition came from my family where we were allowed to choose one present to open the night before, and it somehow always turned out to be new pajamas! My clever, clever mom.
My mother always has a small party on New Year’s Eve where we eat fondue for dinner and play Trivial Pursuit with all the family friends.
We always have breakfast for dinner on Good Friday. We make pancakes with fruit in them, which we have done in my family for ages.
We make corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day and we watch “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” after dinner.
Valentine’s Day is the anniversary of our engagement, so we go out to dinner at The Melting Pot in remembrance (that is where he proposed), and then we waltz and tango on the tennis court.
For Fourth of July we always get our pictures taken at the Old West photobooth at the fair, and go swimming at the lake.
Post # 15
@futuremrsreed – Fondue sounds like an awesome New Year’s tradition. Fiance insisted that we register for a fondue pot, so he would love that!
I’m realizing through this thread that we do have some traditions in my family. Like my grandmother making apple pie from scratch and she always makes an extra for me since my b-day falls around Thanksgiving. She’s 96 now, so I have the recipe and am taking it over. But mine was organic last year:) Fiance reminded me that his mother got us pjs last Christmas and that’s because it is tradition in his family.
Keep them coming bees. I love to hear about these traditions!
Post # 16
I watch Muppet’s Family Christmas, each year, without fail 🙂
We always open a present on Christmas Eve.
We always eat peanut butter balls. Its just not Christmas without those tasty treats!
My mom always bought my sister and I an ornament for Christmas each year. This Christmas is the last Christmas I will be home before getting married next summer, and she is going to box all my ornaments up and give them to me so I can put them on my own tree next year!