(Closed) SPINOFF: Do you have christmas traditions? Share them!

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: Did your family have special traditions, and will you pass them on to your kids?
    Yes we had traditions, yes I'll pass them on. : (15 votes)
    60 %
    Yes we had traditions, no we will not pass them on. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Yes we had traditions, but we will make our own to pass on. : (3 votes)
    12 %
    No traditions, but we will make some for our kids. : (4 votes)
    16 %
    No traditions, not having any with our kids : (0 votes)
    Other. : (2 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    2759 posts
    Sugar bee

    I voted other, because Fiance and I both have traditions we will and won’t be passing on and we also will be making some new ones.

    My traditions: Taping all of the Christmas cards we receive to the back of the front door, which I finally remembered to do last night hehe. Decorating the tree to the NSYNC Christmas album (okay, so I guess I’m letting this one die at FI’s request…) There’s also a really great tradition in my family where the mothers make stockings for each child – name written/sewn on the top and then fun little appliqué decorations all over the stocking itself. My mom still has the one her mom made her, and I have the one my mom made me hung up this year. Next year, I’m going to get the supplies to make one for Fiance and then when we have kids I will be doing the same for them.

    FI’s traditions: Christmas is an all-day affair for his family. They wake up early and have a huge breakfast together, then open their stocking one by one. They then play Christmas games and prizes are won. Then there are snacks and a movie. After this, presents get opened, again one by one. And they culminate the evening with a huge dinner and move Christmas movies. I just love this and really want to incorporate it into our own family, when we’re not spending Christmas at his family’s place, that is πŸ™‚

    We are incorporating this somewhat this year – he has to work on Christmas day, so we’re both getting up at 4am for a breakfast of cinnamon rolls and presents. My family is visiting the following day, and I’ve planned a Christmas game with a prize.

    Our new traditions: During the poor college student years of our relationship, we often gave each other ornaments since those are relatively inexpensive, but meaningful. Though we weren’t engaged yet, last year we decided to make the gifting of an ornament to one another an official tradition – and I love the idea of giving each child one, as well, so that way when they leave home they’ve got 18+ ornaments to start their own trees with.

    Post # 4
    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @MissCalifornia: Haha! WHY is there so much hating on the NSync Christmas album? It’s freaking amazing!!

    Post # 5
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    His family and my family BOTH do Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve, so it’s like Thanksgiving all over again, scrambling to both events.

    My new traditions: having a turkey and decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving with our friends, having a shrimp boil on Christmas Day.

    Post # 7
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Dad always leaves a scratch ticket under everyone’s dinner plate at Christmas dinner

    Mom hides a whole almond in one of the desserts. Whoever finds it wins a special present

    No fake trees or garlands allowed, only pine and fresh holly sprigs

    Centerpieces are hand made from oranges and clove

    You get an orange in the toe of your stocking and a candy cane hanging on the outside of the stocking rim

    Yankee swap on Christmas eve after the 5pm mass

    Also on Christmas eve it was always my father’s job to make a restuarant reservation because my mother was going to be cooking all night and places would close super early. One year he forgot and we ended up at KFC, the manager was trying to kick us out early and my mother was so mad lol

    Post # 8
    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @KatyElle: Your traditions sound pretty kick ass! Love all of them! πŸ™‚

    Post # 9
    9824 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Legallyblondiebride: Christmas was always so much fun, I really love the holidays because it was so nice growing up. My grandparents (none of whom are still with us) always made it so special too.

    Post # 10
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Christmas eve was the only time the family gathered growing up.  We’d be together til like 3 or 4 am and Christmas day was a cleanup day.  Eventually my mother and I adapted into going to see something “on ice” Christmas day and when I outgrew it we went to the movies, which has since exploded with people.  I remember being the only people in the theaters at one point, not so much anymore. Anyways, this year will be the last since I’ll have to succumb to scrambling around for FI’s family next christmas day.

    Post # 12
    6998 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    One thing my mom used to do for us was make “reindeer food” it was basically oats and glitter – she would take out oustide and we would sprinkle it on the lawn so the reindeer would smell the oats and see the glitter and know where to stop – i always loved doing this and the glitter was so pretty (espeically when there was snow on the ground) – this is something i will def do with my kids.

    Post # 13
    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @KatyElle: Awww! This time of year always makes me nostalgic. My Dad is the tradition king so he always made it great. Christmas always make me miss my Pop-Pop so much. It’s been over 10 years and still hasn’t gotten any easier. πŸ™

    Post # 14
    2512 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Must make Salvadorean tamales! It isn’t Christmas without them!

    Usually stay up until midnight and celebrate at the strick of 12.

    Must make a gingerbread house too! 

    Always a fresh tree.

    Decorate as a family with Spanish music playing.

    Fi’s family always makes Croatian cookies and cabbage rolls.


    Post # 15
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I love this thread, it’s so cool to see everyone’s unique way to celebrate the holidays! We would do the same as totheislnds mentioned when we were little, my mom would have us make reindeer food and sprinkle it out in the lawn the night before. We would also read The Night Before Christmas, and then go to the Christmas eve service at our church. It was cool because we’d go to the 11pm service so at the end the pastor would always say “It’s Christmas now, Merry Christmas!” then we’d go home and open one present, then sleep for a few hours..

    In the morning I can always remember waking up and running to the tree to see what Santa had brought. We’d then wake up our parents (who had been up until who knows when wrapping presents, they were always wrapping procrastinators) and tell them that “Santa Came!!!” my mom would always say we had to wait while she set up the camera and put her makeup on, so we’d anxiously pick our first presents while she did that, then the rest was opening mayhem! Then we’d eat Christmas lunch and go to a family movie after. =] This is my first year not being at home for Christmas… tear..

    Post # 16
    2951 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Christmas Eve morning we would all go to the soup kitchen as a family and work for 1-2 hours. Then head to my grandparents on my moms side for christmas with her family.

    Christmas Day; we would wake up super early and eat a huge breakfast mom cooked, open presents, then go to mass and place all our gifts we had bought for the Angel Tree under the Christmas tree set up by the altar. After mass we would go to my grandparents on my fathers side , HUGE dinner, everyone opens gifts one by one, and “A Christmas Story” plays in the background, constantly. πŸ™‚


    My mom always taped the christmas cards along the door frame leading from the foyer into the kitchen.

    Everyone had a stocking filled with candy and little trinkets. 



    Darling Husband and I always buy each other an ornament every year as well! πŸ˜€ I LOVE it!

    we exchange our gifts in the morning with each othe before heading off to family things; and let the dogs go nuts and rip open their present.

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