Post # 1
When I was little my mom decided one Christmas Eve to take my sister and I out looking at lights. My dad would never go and I always wondered why. Years later, my mom explained that one year my dad was up all night putting together our “Santa” gifts and barely finished by the time we woke up. So the next year, we started the tradition. I still do it EVERY Christmas Eve.
The first Christmas I was divorced, my sister and I made a gingerbread house…something we never did as kids. Every year since, DH and I find a different gingerbread house to make. It’s one of our favorite things to do and it requires a lot of patience on both our parts.
Do you/SO have any childhood traditions that you will continue?
Post # 3
@texasbee: DH and I aren’t keeping any family Christmas traditions from our childhoods since neither of our families really had any. We kind of fell into our own tradition when we started dating years ago. We typically make breakfast together, go to Mass, have dinner with the side of family we’re visiting, then go home and watch our favorite holiday movies (we each pick one), and then exchange gifts with one another over a nightcap.
Post # 4
I like to decorate with Christmas lights, have a Christmas tree in my living room AND a village (that gets bigger every year, I buy a new house to add to my village each year lol). We also exchange gifts. And we eat a chocolat or ice cream log as a dessert every year on Christmas Eve !
Post # 5
We have made gingerbread houses together every year we’ve been together. We also go ice skating in Forest Park and go to the Christmas Eve candle light service every year. We’re going to have to start our own traditions this year as our first year living together in our house.
Post # 6
We started doing the Angel Tree (Salvation Army charity) the year after we started dating. We’ve done it every year since. We get 2-3 “angels” and buy clothing items and toys for them so they have gifts for Christmas.
Post # 7
I’m happy to say that that one of my big family traditions will be carried on to our family: we open one present on Christmas Eve (from mom and dad, not from Santa), and everyone gets pajamas. You then wear those pajamas to bed that night. Something little, but very meaningful to me 🙂
Post # 8
@texasbee: We don’t have any childhood traditions other than going to visit extended family. But last year (our first Christmas together) we found an AWESOME Christmas light display and intend to go there again this year.
Post # 9
We started exchanging ornaments. The rule is that we must make it ourselves and so now it’s a competition on whos is better.
Post # 10
Which village do you have? I have a few of the Dept. 56 Dickens Village.
You reminded me of the Christmas Eve service. DH isn’t big on going to church but I managed to get him to go last year.
My aunt did the pajama gifts for my cousins on Christmas Eve too! Now that my cousins have kiddos, she does it for them.
Post # 11
@texasbee: I think we’ll be making a bunch of new traditions since this is our first married Christmas, and we live far from our families. Next weekend there’s a living nativity at a church nearby, so we’re planning on going to that. There’s also events every night at the zoo where you can go through the exhibits and look at all the light displays, then they serve hot chocolate and Santa comes. We’ll probably check that out later in December. As far as Christmas Eve/Christmas I’m still trying to come up with something we can do that’s all our own and doesn’t make us feel like we’re missing out on our respective family traditions. I gotta brainstorm!
Post # 12
I don’t know, I bought mine piece to piece (not as a collection though). Some of the houses were ceramic houses that my aunt painted herself, and she didn’t want to keep them anymore so she gave them to me a few years ago. I started from there. I bought a few items from stores like Walmart, Zellers, etc.
Post # 13
Every year my brother and I would always come home (to my parents house) and sleep over on Christmas eve, and then wake up and open all our presents together at their house. This is something we still do now, and honestly I’d be devastated if we didn’t get to do it. My brother and i’s children are now involved in this tradition, and everyone loves it (especially my parents).
We also have “Joey omeletteS” on Christmas morning, they are my moms famous omelette, and she only makes them on Christmas. the day wouldn’t be right if we didn’t get those omelettes. in fact that’s the thing about Christmas that I look forward to the most. Our morning coffee with a bit of baileys, and Joey omelettes with my family 🙂
As our own family (DH, myself and our son) we drive around on Xmas eve in our pj’s looking at lights,, it’s really special and nice. We also listen to the Santa report on the radio to hear where Santa is, I think it’s a program that NASA does or something.. But anyways, we listen to it faithfully, and it’s how we are able to convince our son to go to sleep! Lol, when Santa gets close, it’s time to sleep!
Post # 14
We nevvr really did much as kids at Christmas except open gifts when we did celebrate the holiday. We used to go look at lights too, which is nice. We still look at lights with the kids, but we don’t do it on purpose. Christmas is really big where we live so alot of houses and businesses have their lights up so when we are driving to or from somewhere we get to see all the pretty lights.
I started a lot of traditions on my own with my kids which I hope they’ll keep with the kids someday.
Post # 15
Chinese food on Christmas Eve. I’m Jewish, Chinese food on Christmas/Christmas Eve is practically sacramental, at this point. We’re breaking the usual tradition of going to a Messiah performance this year and going to a Nutcracker perforamance instead.
Post # 16
We don’t have a lot of traditions to carry on from, which disappoints me a lot 🙁 But every year we open a present on Christmas Eve, go to bed and the next morning, open our presents between housemates. When the family arrives at whatever destination, we eat then do presents. This will be our first Christmas hosting so I want to start a tradition or two…any ideas that don’t involve money and involve a husband who wants to participate? Haha