What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition??
Posted 22 November 2008 - 09:13 PM
does your family have any traditions that you have carried on like this?? or have you and your FI/DH started any I would love to hear about them...its about that time of year now
Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:58 AM
Fast forward to meeting the FI. His family is also polish and does the same thing. (He was actually born there) So we switch off years since it means to much to each of us. Last Christmas Eve was with my family, so this year is with his.
We have alot of fun, we do gifts with the immediate family that night, then go to midnight mass. It's the most important holiday to me.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:01 PM
The second tradition is one that I introduced t Brian and had always done n my own. W each pick one name off the giving tree (those trees that have gift wishes from needy children) and buy a present. This year we get to do three - one for me, one for Brian and one for Aiden (my son).
Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:43 PM
There is a tradition when we go to my parent's place for Christmas. My mom always tells us we can only open one gift on Christmas eve but I nag and push until we open them all that night. It happens every year since as far back as I remember. I think she fights me and my brothers about it every year for the sake of tradition.
We used to have an old Catholic French Canadian tradition when my whole family was still catholic (we have some who have converted now) called Revellion. My grandparents, uncles, aunts, everyone would get together for midnight mass, then come back home to a giant feast...Essentially turkey or ham dinner at 1:00 am! Because of the late night church and feast, by the time it was all taken care of we would all open gifts because it was Christmas morning. This is one of my fondest Christmas memories and wish we still did it because it's just so off-beat!
Posted 23 November 2008 - 02:11 PM
1. My sister and I always exchange Terry's Chocolate Oranges in our stockings on Christmas Day (or whenever we meet up at Christmas). Not sure if we even eat them anymore, but it's not Christmas without the Terry's Chocolate Orange!
2. Christmas crackers, you know the kind that you pull apart with a bang and get silly prizes. I always have to have them at Christmas, my grandfather used to own a cracker factory and we'd get tons of them as kids, but now it's hard to find any good crackers.
3. On the same note, once everyone in my family is done Christmas dinner, we all opened our crackers and read the bad jokes and look at the prize we got. If you wanted to eat dessert, you have to wear the paper crown that comes in the cracker. No hat, no dessert.
I was trying to convince FI that we should have crackers as favours for our wedding, but it's pretty expensive to make them for a wedding (and to ship the snaps that go bang!)
4. When FI and I first met, we were both living in a large city with no family close by. So we started a tradition where we see a late-night movie at the theatre on Christmas Eve as a way to pass the time. This will be our 7th Christmas, and I'm looking forward to going to the movies! (not sure what I'm going to see yet, any suggestions?)
Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:31 PM
At my house you have to believe in Santa or you don't get the gifts that are marked from him. And really, who doesn't believe in Santa at Xmas?
Since my DH is Jewish my mom always buys him funny "jewish" gifts. Coffee mugs with menorahs, star of david chocolates, etc. Totally useless crap - but it makes me laugh. He's not religious so it's not offensive or anything.
Also, we believe that Xmas eve is the only day of the year pets can talk. Random, I know - but it's always funny to wait and see what the dogs say. Odd that they have never piped up.
DH and I started our own tradition of buying a new xmas ornament every year. It's an easy way to build a collection of ornaments - and it's fun to look back at the ones we have.
Oh! We also "hide" a pickle ornament on the tree. Whoever finds it has good luck for the next year.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 08:11 PM
We also started a tradition where every household has to contribute to the Christmas entertainment. Our household(fi the kids and I) did children's theater . It was Great!
Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:37 AM
1. Get a brand new christmas ornament every year for christmas.
2. Open up my brand new pajama's on christmas eve and wear them that night.
3. Bake 3-4 dozen cookies on Christmas eve
4. Make everyone a homemade gift and put in it their stocking.
Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:59 AM
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