Post # 1
I love hearing about everyone’s traditions that they have on christmas and it was touched on in the other posts, but I thought it would be fun to have a whole thread of them… So, share your traditions!!
In my house growing up we used to get one present on christmas eve from our parents, usually a book, coloring book/activity book or something (to keep us busy in the morning lol). Then on Christmas day we had to stay in our rooms (or all hop into one of my sisters beds since they were all upstairs, which was usually the case) until our parents came to get us… Then they would take us downstairs one by one with our eyes covered and take us into their room and pile us into their bed to open our stockings. We had to cover our eyes because you walked right past the tree to get to their room… So then we would open our wrapped stocking items one by one in rotation until they were empty… which took a while because we had huge stretchy stockings for some reason and my mom always packed them to the brim! Then they would take us out on by one again and line us up with our eyes closed next to the tree and count to three and let us all look at once, screaming and laughing would ensue and then we’d sit down to unwrap our presents (again one by one in rotation). The whole process would take 2-3 hours, then mom would make us breakfast and then we had to get ready to head to my grandma’s house for christmas dinner (it was an hour away). 🙂
Now that we’re all older and one of my sisters has kids we do our family christmas on christmas eve at her house and give eachother presents and let the kids have their presents from us and have TONS of delicious food. Then my sister spends christmas with her husbands family, and the rest of us go to my uncle’s house for christmas dinner.
FI’s family always did christmas on christmas eve (at night), apparently his parents had a deal with santa to come on christmas eve so they could go to the hospital on christmas day to visit the patients in santa and elf costumes. And apparently Santa would sometimes barge into their house during dinner to bring them presents or just leave a pile of presents in the backyard (it’s Texas so there isn’t snow).
The funny thing about this is, FI’s family does the same thing as my family now since they are all married with kids (with us being the exception).
So what are your traditions and will you be passing them onto your kids??
Post # 3
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 🙂
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
@MissCalifornia: Haha! WHY is there so much hating on the NSync Christmas album? It’s freaking amazing!!
Post # 5
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 # 6
@MissCalifornia: watching a movie BEFORE opening presents?! that sounds like torture for the little kid inside of me! Although I love the idea of having a big breakfast and watching movies that day! What great traditions!
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: I can’t imagine if we had to go to two places for christmas eve or thanksgiving! That just seems so hectic! Good for you for doing that though!
Post # 7
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
@KatyElle: Your traditions sound pretty kick ass! Love all of them! 🙂
Post # 9
@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
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 # 11
@Legallyblondiebride: I love the NSYNC album too!
Post # 12
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
@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. 🙁
Post # 14
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
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
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. 🙂
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! 😀 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.