(Closed) What holiday traditions are you/SO keeping?

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@mistress_anne:  haha, yes Chinese food! Although last year, my family got together and had sushi. 

My Fiance comes from a Catholic family. Though he’s not practicing himself, he did grow up celebrating Christmas and still does a gift exchange. I don’t know what we’ll do once we have kids. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

My dad buys me a new nutcracker every year. It was the first thing I ever asked for for Christmas. He spends weeks trying to find the most unique nutcracker he can and on Christmas morning its the only present I get marked “From Santa.” So if he stops the tradition when I move out (which I doubt) I still intend to get a new nutcracker to add to my collection every year. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

Also picking out a new special ornament for the tree every year is something I hope SO and I continue doing after we move out. 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

@texasbee:  Definitely! We’ll be making tamales for Christmas Eve (for us and FI’s brother and cousins) since that’s when they would have their celebration and that’s what they would eat if they were in their own country. Then I certainly plan on continuing my own tradition of procrastinating and wrapping gifts until 6am, then quitely shoving the tree, hoping the kids don’t catch me. lol. 17 years and I haven’t been caught yet! We will also have a real tree because I refuse to go fake. And we will hopefully go see some lights, but I’m not sure where to go this year.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m German so I tend to keep the traditional German bits – We do Nikolaustag (St nicholas day – the thing with the shoes). Our big celebration in on the 24th and then we have more celebrations on the 25th. I still go to midnight mass (I’m not catholic anymore) Our tree doesn’t go up till the 24th either. 

I’m the only German one in my family but my SDad and brother have adopted the german-ness and Fiance has gotten use to it by now

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

Celebration of Krampusnacht. Children need a healthy amount of fear.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@jwdesiree:  My family always did this too. I told Fiance it’s now HIS job to get me PJ’s. lol

 

And then from his family we are keeping the tradition of buying a Christmas tree on his birthday. Which is December 9th. =]

 

 

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Aw I love this post 🙂

we have a few traditions that we are doing this year. One being decorating the tree and whole house Black Friday, celebrating St. Nick’s Day, and getting together with my FI’s family and watching our favorite Christmas movies.

 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

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@mallo: I grew up in Germany, so our traditions are similar although as I’ve gotten older I don’t really celebrate Nikolaustag (St. Nicholas’ Day) because I live by myself at this point. I will  definitely do it with my children, though.

I miss celebrating Martinstag (St. Martin’s Day). That was my favorite holiday as a child because of the lanterns.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@MissMarple:  

For some reason my grandmother insists on still sending all of us (we are all grown up now) sweets for Nikolaustag. But I am looking forward to doing it proper once we have kids

Oh Martinstag, when I first came to the UK I got really confused about the bonfires on 5th November (bonfire night/guy Fawkes night) they were happening too early :p 

 

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Neither of us had a bunch of Christmas/holiday traditions, but we go pick out a new ornament for the tree together every year, we go look at lights, and we watch our favorite Christmas movie and drink hot chocolate together. 

 

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

We didn’t begin our traditions until we had kids of our own. After that, we decided that Christmas day would be spent at our own home. We spend Christmas eve with DH’s family and the Saturday after Christmas with my family, but Christmas day is to be at home, spending the day in pajamas with the kids playing with toys.

We take the kids for a drive to see the lights around town.

Each child gets a new pair of PJs Christmas Eve so they wear them to bed and all day on Christmas.

We have homemade cinnamon rolls at breakfast each Christmas and ham for dinner.

DH and I drink wine and wrap all the gifts the night before, being sure to use different weapping paper on the Santa gifts and to disguise our handwriting on the tags.

We started a pseudo Elf on the Shelf tradition before we had ever heard of the elf. We use a very large stuffed penguin. Throughout December, the kids find the penguin in all sorts of locations, sometimes clutching (insofar as penguins can clutch) a photo of where he had been the day before. There are pictures of him driving through fast food restaurants, sledding, snowmobiling, holiday shopping, sitting on Santa’s lap, etc. Dh once took a picture of the penguin passed out surrounded by beer bottles, though we didn’t show that one to the kids!

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

We are keeping the tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest of the gifts on Christmas morning.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Our favorite is an Advent calendar, which we just started last year! When Fiance and his siblings were growing up, Future Mother-In-Law sewed a Christmas tree with 25 little ornaments to hang on it each day for Advent. It is one of their FAVORITE family traditions–they get so excited taking turns to hang the ornaments on, it’s adorable. So last year I sewed one for our little family! It’s a felt tree with all sorts of little felt ornaments: a snowman, candy cane, a polar bear, an owl, etc. Fiance and I can’t wait to hang our ornaments on each day!!

Post # 31
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have been going to see The Nutcracker with my dad every year since I was 5 (I’m 27 now). My mom always used to make lasagna on Christmas Eve and strata on Christmas morning. We also set up luminaries in the neighborhood where I grew up.

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