Post # 1
As a newlywed couple about to celebrate our first Christmas we have recently been talking about starting up some of our own traditions 🙂
I am curious to hear what some of the other bee’s special traditions are.
Please share away.
Post # 3
@beachchicbride: We made gingerbread houses for many years.
Post # 4
each person buys a ornament that has meaning and christmas eve we make a speak about its meaning to us and our family
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions.
Post # 6
Going out in the cold to a Christmas tree farm and chopping down a real, live tree. The farm is an hour or so from our house so the ride is an adventure in itself. We also normally stop for lunch at a family-owned restaurant on the way home. This event was started by my grandparents in the 50’s and my parents have done it all their lives. So it’s nice that my fiance loves doing it too.
Also opening 1 gift each on Christmas Eve.
Post # 7
We also open one gift each on Christmas Eve.
We drive around and look at the christmas lights the last weekend before Christmas.
In Vancouver owners of motor boats, yachts and sailboats decorate them for the holidays and do a sailpast in English Bay near were we live. They have Christmas carollers on board the larger boats and the others play Christmas music. We always make sure we take a thermos of hot chocolate and walk down to the bay to see the display.
But, the tradition I love the most is sponsoring as many families as we can afford. We contact the local Christmas Bureau and pick families that need some help. We buy gifts for them all, enough groceries to provide a whole Chroistmas dinner plus staples like flour, pasta, peanut butter etc to last well into the new year. We also provide wrapping paper, ribbon etc so that the parent(s) can wrap the gifts themselves so they feel more involved.
I encourage you all to do what you can for someone else this year. We all have so much in comparison to others.
Post # 8
“We also open one gift each on Christmas Eve.
We drive around and look at the christmas lights the last weekend before Christmas.”
We do those too! Our parent’s (when we lived at home) would buy us pajamas and we would get to wear them the Christmas eve and drink hot chocolate and tell stories (:
Post # 9
My mom and grandma always set up a big Christmas lunch buffet with punch, cookies, cheese and crackers, spinach dip, and meat. That’s after our pancake breakfast and gift opening that morning. Then the big turkey feast is for dinner.
Post # 10
He always buys me some sort of oranment that has the year on it, but I think that’s really our only tradition per say.
We end up going to 3 Christmas dinners over 3 days though… his family (aunt’s) then his mom’s then my family’s.
Post # 11
Christmas Eve is never really Christmas Eve to us cuz it’s my Husband’s birthday so we take a little break from Christmas stuff and celebrate.
We have 2 Christmas dinners. 1 with my family and 1 with DH’s family. This year, we’ll be going to DH’s family’s place on Christmas Eve and to my family’s on Christmas day.
Last year (our first X-mas as a Married couple), we started a 3 gift each rule (not including stocking stuffers).
Post # 12
Christmas Eve is my Dad’s birthday. Every year we all get together (parents, Pop-Pop, Fiance, brother and SIL) and we make pasta. Handmade, hand-rolled pasta. It is my favorite meal of the year. I love all of us getting together and making the meal together. After that we go to chuch then come back and eat dinner as a family. I know this isn’t something that would work for others, but for us is great.
Fiance and I open 1 gift and our stockings before bed on Christmas Eve. In the morning we go to my parents and do presents and breakfast. Then to his mom’s for presents and breakfast (yes 2 breakfasts). After we go upstate (here that is 1.5 hour drive) and spend the day with my Gmom and all of my Mom’s family. This is something I love and knowing that we have 4 generations together is awesome. I don’t think this traditional will last once my Gmom passes away (not tha she is in poor health) but it is hard with some many families, therefore I appreciate it even more.
Post # 13
Since we started living together we have got into the Christmas spirit by watching Christmas movies together through the month of December (a few per week, although one year we watched one almost every night) and culminate with our two favourite movies (both Christmas-related and of all time): It’s a Wonderful Life and Scrooge either on Christmas Eve or the day before if we will be out on the Eve.
This is our first Christmas in our new house though so I’m interested to see what new traditions may start this year!
Post # 14
H and I exchange cards at midnight – and we always watch It’s A Wonderful Life.
Post # 15
We put up the Christmas tree together while listening to Christmas music and we try to watch three movies before Christmas day: Love Actually, Elf, and Bad Santa (the movies that make us feel most like it’s Christmas).
My siblings and I used to go to Midnight Mass at the church we grew up in but our priest retired last year so we don’t have much of a connection there anymore and will probably not go this year.
On Christmas Day, we start off at his parents to open presents then go back to our place (only 2 miles down the road luckily) to make breakfast for my siblings and do presents with them. Then we all go back down the road to his family’s house for Christmas dinner. Lastly, my siblings, my DH, and I go to the movies together. It sounds quite complicated but it’s basically a mixture of the traditions that I had with my siblings before I met my DH and his family traditions. Since my parents live very far away, my Mother-In-Law invites us over for Thanksgiving/Christmas every year. 😉
Also, the week after Christmas, we celebrate at the annual party that DH’s father’s family throws.