Christmas Traditions- Ours

We have several traditions that we’d like to carry year-to-year with our family. They are numerous, but simple. I think that makes them doable. 🙂

  • Decorate and get a tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
  • Trim the tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, while listening to Delilah (corny, anyone?).
  • Sit in the semi-darkness and sip tea/hot drink of some sort while enjoying the sight of the lights on our tree.
  • Purchase each child a yearly ornament. (Hula Girl gets ornaments from this collection http://www.christmas-treasures.com/CharmingTails/HolidayOrnaments.htm; Gelato will be receiving bells each year. Here’s his bell for this year: http://www.reedandbarton.com/holly-bell-2012-silverplated-ornament) (sorry, wordpress is being lame and not allowing me to use a link for those…)
  • Read tons and tons and tons of Christmas stories and books.
  • Leave out cookies for Santa, a carrot for Rudolph, and cheese for Santa Mouse.
  • Attend a candlelight service on Christmas Eve.
  • Eat homemade pizza for dinner on Christmas Eve.
  • Read the Christmas Story and another meaningful story on Christmas Eve.
  • Wear new Christmas jammies to bed on Christmas Eve.
  • Eat homemade cinnamon rolls and quiche on Christmas morning.

What traditions does your family keep? How do those traditions change/develop as your children grow?

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7 Comments

  1. kristypowers said,

    November 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Love these. We have several also. The three that I like the best right now are: going for a drive to see the Christmas lights and coming back to have hot cocoa, taking Xander for a giving date when he uses his sharing money to buy a gift for another child who has need of one and then we go have a nice food treat together, and reading one selection from our Christmas Treasury book each day of the season.

    • November 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      See, I can’t wait until my kids get older! 🙂

      • kristypowers said,

        November 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        🙂 It’s cute to see what they really end up cherishing and what they don’t. Last year (5 years old) Xander almost went into delighted hysterics over our Christmas lights drive. I’m still laughing thinking of it.

  2. November 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    love xmas traditions! an idea you could do w all your xmas books – that i am planning to start this year is this http://www.documentingdelight.com/2012/11/28/merry-reading-a-christmas-advent-of-books/
    We also go see the lights on xmas even, cinnamon scrolls on xmas morning and the gift of a book and new PJs (summer ones) on xmas eve. Also giving gift to children in need. Some others i cant recall right now and also always looking at finding some new ones 🙂 love this time of year!

    • kristypowers said,

      November 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      I love these, too, Kate. We were thinking of having the kids open two presents on Christmas Eve and I think I will use your book and pjs idea. When I was a kid, we opened all of them on Christmas Eve except for the Santa stuff!

      • November 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        We’ve always opened one on Christmas Eve, too! But just one… 🙂

    • November 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      ooh! I like the books idea. I do feel like we’d get burnt out on it… but maybe if they weren’t wrapped and we just left a new one out on the couch each morning or something. She’d like that.


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