Post # 1
What are your holiday traditions?
Me and the Darling Husband both have our own family traditions but we are looking into starting our own family traditions.
If you are open to sharing, I would love to get some ideas.
What are yours?
Besides the whole spending time at each family house for thanksgiving, christmas and easter dinner, we decided to do something that neither of us have done. The day before thanksgiving, we are going to build a fire and make some smores.
As for opening of presents, we haven’t decided what we are going to do yet.
Post # 3
I am VERY into tradition!
Thanksgiving: My family wakes up to the song from Rocky playing very loudly.Weird, I know, but it’s what we’ve been doing since as long as I can remember! It’s supposed to get us all pumped up b/c we go run (or walk) the turkey trot. After the turkey trot we have a HUGE brunch at my parent’s house, for about 60 people. We spend the day talking to old friends and eating. My family doesn’t have a big dinner b/c we’re busy and eating all day, so now I go to my hubby’s parents for the traditional thanksgiving dinner.
Christmas: We’re Jewish, so our traditions are obviously different then most. He didn’t have any big traditions for Christmas day, so we do what my family always did. Go to an amusement park and then out for Chinese. I think on Christmas Eve we’re going to start going to a movie.
Post # 4
my hubby is usually travelling for work during Canadian thanksgiving, so this year since are now married, i travelled to him. We think this is what we’ll do every year if he happens to be away. if not, we’ll celebrate with our family by alternating families.
for american thanksgiving we always host a dinner for our friends. this year is the first time it’ll be at our new house, so we’re excited.
Our christmas tradition will be baking christmas muffins together, opening presents at our home on christmas eve and making breakfast with one another on christmas day. we are also stuffing each others stockings from now on.
Post # 5
There’s no Thanksgiving in Ireland so I’m still figuring out what the plan will be but tomorrow I’m hosting a small dinner with my in laws and a couple friends – maybe that will become a tradition!
And as far as Christmas goes – we’ve never spent Christmas together – I would usually fly home to CT around the 18/19th and back after Christmas Day so we have been to a couple different European cities to visit the Christmas markets and that was starting to be a fun tradition but it’s not happening this year! We’re going to stay in Ireland for Christmas and fly home to CT the day after. It’s new to us and both of our families so we’ll just wing it and see what happens. If all goes well we’ll have two new babies next year so that will REALLY change any traditions or plans we might make…
I love the idea of S’mores – I’ve actually asked my mom to send the fixin’s for s’mores so we can make some with my in laws – we had them the day before the wedding and my brothers in law got hooked :o)
Post # 6
Get our tree on Thanksgiving weekend. Send out Photo Christmas cards. Get an extra turkey on sale to make on another day during the season, just because.
Post # 7
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Sweden and DIY my invites. We’re going to try to spend every other Christmas in San Diego (my hometown). I also like to give a small gift on New Year’s Day and celebrate Lunar New Year at a Asian restaurant.
As for figuring out how to celebrate Christmas, we’re still not sure. So far we’ve gone to his parent’s house and everyone opens gifts together but this year, I want to save a few gifts to be opened at our home – which owrks out because they celebrate Christmas on the 24th here and we can open our gifts on the 25th.
Post # 8
I am so excited, this year for Christmas, Darling Husband and I will be in our own house for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning!
We will probably exchange some small gifts and then we are going to cook dinner for his family to come over. I’m excited to spend Christmas Even and Christmas day with him.
One tradition that I am thinking of starting is exchanging pajamas on christmas eve. Then you get to sleep in your new PJ’s that night and open presents the next morning in them!
My parents make this polish coffee cake kind of think called Potica. We eat it for breakfast on Christmas and then later have a big brunch. We save the last loaf of Potica in the freezer and eat it on Easter!
Post # 9
I have three Christmases to celebrate. Christmas Eve at my aunt’s house, Christmas morning at home with my immediate family, and Christmas Day at my grandmother’s house. That’s alot of gifts to buy. A few years ago we agreed to do a Yankee Swap type gift exchange. Each person brings one gift (limit of $25) and we have a great time opening & exchanging gifts. Granted, all the cousins and grandchildren are older so we all buy our own gifts now. We still exchange in the traditional way in my immediate family on Christmas morning.
Post # 10
@artbee: I LOVE your Thanksgiving day tradition. What fun!
Post # 11
For Thanksgiving, it changes each year. But no matter what, we always includes my in-laws. While they have 2 other children, we always eat Thanksgiving dinner somewhere with them. Hubs and I hosted the 4 of us for a couple of years but since we just got married, we didn’t want to cook, etc so we took his parents, drove to my parents and then to my cousin’s. It was great!
For Christmas, we always spend Christmas Eve with is parents then drive home to pick up our dogs (late), then down to my parent’s. I love waking up at my parent’s house (still at 38 years old) on Christmas morning. We always have a lovely breakfast and there is always, ALWAYS a Polish babka waiting to be sliced with coffee! Yum!
The hubs and I, just last year, began a tradition of exchanging pajama’s on Christmas Eve. I love it.
Post # 12
We have always spent thanksgiving at my parents’ house and I think we’ll continue to do so. Although I might try my hand at Thanksgiving at some point 🙂
Our only “couple” tradition for Christmas is that we go buy a new “ugly ornament” every year from target. You know the ones that are tin and really weird. Like one year we bought a cow in a skirt and another year we bought a fish with lipstick. They make us laugh. When we have enough we want to have a whole tree of ugly ornaments in our bedroom and then the normal tree in the living room 🙂
Post # 13
@CorgiTales: That’s cute…ugly ornament tree.
Post # 14
Ooh, I love the suggestion about Christmas Eve pyjamas – I might just have to start that one in my own house!
Our traditions growing up included opening a gift on Christmas Eve and having our Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve. We also had a ‘special’ ornament that my sister and I were obessed with that we took turns each year as being the first ornament to be hung on the Christmas tree. We called it “Bluey”.
I also ALWAYS watch Muppets Family Christmas. Every year. Even now! I love Jim Henson. On Christmas Day, I usually watch “A Christmas Story” with my dad.
My husband’s family always plays board games on Christmas Eve. They also have a delicious homemade mulled cider recipe that is free-flowing over the holidays, and tastes amazing! They also make the same Christmas cookies each year and decorate them together.
Post # 15
@artbee: we do Jewish Christmas too! except no amusement park–just Chinese food and a movie. I think my husband’s family doesn’t normally do that, but my family does, and so we have every year since we’ve been together, even if we aren’t home with my fam. I like going to see cheesy, feel-good movies that fit into the “holiday spirit” 😉
For thanksgiving, we’ve mostly spent it at husband’s family’s home since we’ve been together, which is a standard dinner, except they don’t eat until actual dinner time–ie guests come over at like 7. when we host someday, I want to have the meal much earlier…when we were little, my brother and I used to allllways watch the Macy’s parade on tv together. I didn’t watch it this year which made me a little sad!
Post # 16
Let’s bump an old thread!