Wednesday, December 12, 2012

{what are your christmas traditions?}

Happy mid-week friends! The holiday's are in full swing - I'm feeling all Christmas-y and excited for the next couple of weeks. I attended my first Christmas party this past weekend, and we got to chatting about different holiday traditions. I realized I LOVE hearing about the special things different families do at Christmas. So my question for you today is ...


Do you have special things your family has always done? Have you come up with creative new traditions for your growing family? I'd love to hear!


Maybe it's music you always listen to? Or a specific gift exchange? Pick out a tree at the farm together? Or maybe a game you play or a food you eat!


For me it's a couple of things - we always decorate tree together as an immediate family, listening to carols of course! And once my brother and I were old enough to buy each other gifts, we began to exchange just those presents on Christmas Eve - it's always so fun to get an early treat!


I have a friend who recieved the gift of a new pair of pajamas to unwrap every Christmas Eve, so all the kids in the family would go to bed in new pj's, all ready for Christmas morning, I thought that was a great idea. Let's hear some of yours!

And a very Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating this week!

11 comments:

Martina said...
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Martina said...

In the Czech Republic you can find a lot of Christmas customs. It´s depend to a family tradicion.
Christmas tree is very popular during the Christmas. We eat carp and wine sausages in out family. During christmas dinner, members of family must not stand up from the table and so on. Christmas in the Czech Republic are based on tradition. We dont have Santa Claus who I dont like it, but Jéžíška - small child.

Merry Christmas

Pomeline said...

In my family we open our stockings on New Year's morning (I think it's a French Canadian thing, not sure) and my dad reads out his yearly blessing, making us all weep and feel extremely blessed for all that we have. I LOVE the holidays. Love, love, love :) ♥

DeNise said...

My family also opens one gift on Christmas Eve and its pj's. We, also, drive around on Christmas Eve looking at Christmas lights until bedtime. After seeing what Santa has brought, we unwrap gifts, and talk about the true meaning of Christmas. If it is on a Sunday, we go to church. We always have dressing on Christmas. After, opening our gifts, we spend time with the extended family opening gifts and enjoying the day.

Allison said...

What a fun set of photos, so holiday-appro! Where can I find some of the sources for them?

My family and I always watch 'It's a Wonderful Life' together on Christmas Eve beside a crackling fire.

therelishedroost said...

Every year Christmas shopping together! Baking cookies and celebrating very Christmas eve at my parents!! Love this time of year!

xo Karolyn

Sarah MacMillan said...

I do advent stockings with my kids to count down the days until Christmas. There's usually a small treat inside and an idea for a fun thing to do together or an act of kindness to do for someone else. It keeps us busy, but it makes for great memories! My kids love it.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

We have this ugly troll ornament my husband had as a kid, and my son always likes to put it front and center on the tree and I move it to the back. That troll moves at least 30 times before we take the tree down. Silly tradition, but fun!

Diane James Home said...

Love all of your Christmassy pictures! Our family traditions include a candle-lit caroling service at church and Christmas Eve dinner at my sister's, opening presents early Christmas morning with mugs of hot chocolate and spaghetti bolognese for dinner! Family traditions are what make any holiday super special and thank you for sharing yours, Cynthia

Vintage Home said...

So funny, we always open a Christmas gift on the eve, and its always a pair of new PJ's!

Kathysue said...

Omgoodness, we have quite a few traditions in our family. Christmas is a big deal to our family, not the gifts, but the memories. In fact I call our Christmas tree our memory tree. It is full of the ornaments that have been given to our children and us over the years. EAch year each boy would get a new ornament from their Grandparents. It was always the same theme, a soldier, rocking horse, Santa, bear, dog, trains. You get the idea. My boys to this day would give up any gift they got for their ornaments. We love each and every one we recieve. So when I look at our tree it is a wonderful reminder of Christmas past.
Merry Christmas Nancy.
xo Kathysue

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