(Closed) What are your favourite Holiday Traditions?

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

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MsGinkgo:  Hands down, it’s decorating the tree with DH. 

And watching the Grinch and Charlie Brown together.

Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Most of the traditions are still with our families, so we don’t really have too much of our own new things.  There are things we do at home that we carried on from our families.

The only newish thing I can think of is after travelling back, DH and I have fondue NYE.  So far just the 2 of us, but we would welcome others.  My Mom did this some years, but not often enough for it to be a real tradition.  I also try to keep up with the traditional Christmas Eve date, but it can be difficult with work schedules, one year I had to do a presentation Christmas Eve, and I’m sure the first star would have been out when I was still working.  Every year, I’ve managed to have at least one of the traditional foods, but I’m not about to do a whole full feast dinner.  Might be fun to fit it in one year when it falls on a weekend, and with some others bringing some of the dishes!

One of my favourite traditions is the Christmas puzzle to the family, and I’ve started doing this for DH’s family too.  With all of the busyness, I really love sitting, working on a puzzle with the tree lights on, Christmas music playing and just hanging out with family as people snack on baking and leftovers and most of the work that goes into the holiday is done.

Post # 18
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My favorite tradiion is that we adopt at least one other family, sometimes more, for Christmas. The names are given out by the Christmas Bureau. I always choose a single Mom as I was one after I was divorced and before I met the love of my life. We are given the ages of the children, sizes and interests. We buy them all gifts including books, toys and clothes and also supply them with everything they need for a great Christmas dinner. I buy things all year when I spot great sales. Helping someone else makes us feel better than anything else we could do.

We do have family traditions for ourselves. New pj’s on Christmas Eve, Santa footprints on the floor, homemade advent calendars, etc. My favorite is riding the Christmas train with the kids in Stanley Park.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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julies1949:  I do something similar. One year, I saw, and almost bough, a starbucks advent calendar. I realized how excessive it would be for me to buy myself something to count down to a day when I get so much, so I decided to do a project each week of advent, symbolizing hope, love, joy, and peace. I fixed up my old computer for someone who didn’t have one, pulled an ornament from the church angel tree, donated to a rescue shelter, and sent some clothes to a new single mom. I am an early shopper, so I love having a few Christmas tasks left in December, and I love surprising people. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee

I just remembered a tradition we’re planning to start this year! Since we don’t have  a lot of “real” Christmas tree ornaments yet, just the run of the mill plastic bulb types from the Dollar Store, and I’m very into sentimental stuff, my guy and I are going to do an ornament exchange. So since my nickname for him is “Big Bear”, each year I’ll be getting him a bear themed ornament; he’ll do the same based on his nickname for me =) Then, in a few years, we’ll have a tree full of lovely and meaningful ornaments! 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

My favorite Christmas traditions are for starters celebrating Christmas in my own home every year. One year my parents had two Christmas trees with presents under them. One in the living room and one in the family room. This was back in my childhood. I like Easter traditions too where my sister and I did a Easter egg hunt back in the day in our yard and got little things for easter. When I adopt kids someday I will do the traditions I had back in the day Which will be staying home for Christmas eve and Christmas Day and Easter weekend. Every Christmas we watched a Christmas movie and sometimes decorated cookies. 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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MsGinkgo:  Well we all go to my aunt’s house on Christmas Eve which also happens to be my birthday so it’s super fun to see everyone on my birthday & to celebrate Christmas with them. I love watching my niece, nephews, & cousins open the gifts I buy for them.

Also for every holiday when I was little, my dad used to always buy those Pillsbury holiday cookies & we’d make those. I still love the smell of those baking in the oven! My mom used to always bake for the holidays and have me and my sister help her. I still love to bake at the holidays. We live with my mother in law but during the holidays she always tells me I need to bake less so that she’ll still be able to fit in her pants. 

We didn’t really do anything too out of the ordinary but just always getting to see my family was wonderful. We don’t really get to see each other as much through out the year as we would like so it’s so fun being able to catch up on everyone. My mom when we were little did make us clean up Christmas Eve so santa would come and when we were done then we had to set out our stockings where we wanted santa to leave our presents. Now I watch Elf every year.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My fiance’s family tradition is that they open christmas presents to each sibling on Christmas eve and on Christmas day we open presents from his parents. This year we will be my son’s first christmas so we will have new traditions.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

every christmas eve i watch Muppets christmas carol. IMO it is THE BEST version of the christmas carol (with some bloody catchy tunes!!) DH hates it but sits thru it with me. lol.

when we have a family of our own and have christmas at our house (instead of visiting parents and other family members) we will be adopting my hubbys family tradition for how they open all the presents. its done one at a time with Dad picking the first and then whoever that present is for opens it and then picks the next, and then that person picks the next and so on. the presents get opened after lunch and with the ‘one at a time’ rule it makes the presents last for AGES!!

me and DH have started our own tradition – ‘Cheese-mas’. on NYE we set up a HUGE cheese board and graze on it all day. we stay in our PJs all day and watch movies. its great 🙂

i LOVE the 25 wrapped up book idea… i also love the elf on the shelf thing. cant wait for kids to come along!!!

Post # 26
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We celebrate Christmas eve with my il’s so my kids open all their gifts from my il’s then, on  the 24th.  Then that night we read Night before Christmas (a modern AA version) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (every year).  After the kids go to bed, i wrap all their presents, then put all the gifts from us for our kids under the tree. The kids wake up Christmas morning to more gifts under the tree which was empty before they went to bed (we don’t do Santa but it’s almost like santa came after they went to bed and filled the tree LOL).  We open gifts in the am in pj’s and then i take a picture of the kids under the tree every year in their pjs.  Then we have Chrstmas breakfast.  

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