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I feel the way you do. I've made a conscious effort to have our own traditions in my immediate family...my husband and 3 daughters. Our early Christmases were spent elsewhere and we would be gone from early morning till late at night. We still do the same visiting as we have always done,

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    Default Budget101.com : Re: What are some of your Christmas traditions.

    I feel the way you do. I've made a conscious effort to have our own traditions

    in my immediate family...my husband and 3 daughters. Our early Christmases were

    spent elsewhere and we would be gone from early morning till late at night. We

    still do the same visiting as we have always done, but we don't leave the house

    until around 1pm. The morning is our's.

    My kids open their stockings the day after Christmas. We started that right from

    the beginning because my husband is from Britain and they celebrate Boxing Day

    on Dec. 26. By doing this, we are able to acknowledge our British heritage. It

    also helps with post Christmas letdown. The girls get so much on the holiday.

    This puts a little something off till the next day. They don't get much in their

    stockings...small gifts and maybe candy, personal items, etc. But they enjoy

    them all.

    My side of the family all get together on New Year's day instead of Christmas

    like we used to. Christmas is hard. Some, especially the brothers, tend to go to

    their inlaws on Christmas. We have a pollyanna for the children and a potluck.

    My dad's side of the family has a big get together at a hall the first Sunday of

    every December. There are 7 families on my dad's side we take turns each year

    planning and running the party. This is our year and I think it marks 26 years

    since this tradition began.

    Thanksgiving is just us. I cook a turkey dinner. Some years we've gone the high

    school football game or we just stay home watching parades. My middle daughter

    is a varsity cheerleader this year so we will all definitely be at the game,

    that should be fun.

    I love the holidays even with all its stress and expense. And its only 4 1/2

    months away!!

    Donna NJ


    From: herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com>

    Date: 2007/08/13 Mon PM 11:11:53 CDT

    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: What are some of your Christmas traditions.

    For Christmas Eve, we drive around to see Christmas Lights, and drink

    hot cocoa afterwards while watching a Christmas movie of some sorts.

    After that, the kids are each allowed to open 1 present, then off to


    Christmas morning is always a struggle, because we usually have to get

    the kids up, presents open, and get over to a relatives house. I expect

    this year to be even tougher, now that we'll have to drive over an hour

    to get there. Anyway, to make it easier last year, we started a new

    tradition- the kids can open the Santa gifts in the morning, then we go

    to the relatives Christmas, then when we get home, we open the gifts

    from each other. It makes it far less chaotic come Christmas morning,

    and the kids have a lot more time to enjoy themselves and their gifts

    if they don't feel rushed from present to present.

    One long standing tradition that stared when I was little, is that the

    kids are allowed to get into their stockings on Christmas morning as

    soon as they wake up, even if no one else is up yet. They have to wait

    to do presents until we're up.

    Hmm... we set up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend, and

    decorate the house then, so that it's up for quite a while, there's

    another tradition.

    Our old tradition always involved being with my family on Christmas

    Day. My husband's family is not nearly as big on Christmas being ON

    Christmas as mine was. When my Grandma died, though, that tradition

    died as well, though to be honest, we wouldn't have done it that year

    even if she hadn't died, because they had decided to spend Christmas in

    Florida that year. Anyway, for the past 2 years, that's meant Christmas

    with Nick's family on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve in the morning,

    we go to my dad's house, then up north to my Mom's, then drive home, do

    the Christmas movie/lights/cocoa/present thing... but that'll change

    this year, too, since Nick no longer gets Christmas Eve off unless he

    takes it off ahead of time. Before, at the college, he would get

    Christmas Eve through New Year's Day off, because the college was shut


    With my family, Christmas dinner was a traditional dinner- turkey, ham,

    potatoes, etc, etc, huge meal, usually served at around 1pm, with

    presents for everyone afterwards.

    With Nick's family, they do breakfast crapes (which I don't like), and

    last year, I added in muffins and cinnamon rolls to the mix, to give

    myself something to eat. We made our own ham up later that afternoon

    for our own Christmas dinner at home, just the 5 of us.

    I guess I'd have to say that over the past 2 years, our traditions have

    changed a lot, and are becoming more centered on us 5, rather than what

    everyone in our extended families do.

    We have stopped going anywhere for Thanksgiving now, and just

    concentrate on having our own dinner at home. No rushing out the door,

    no dressing up, we get up and start the turkey, the kids watch the

    parade, the food gets eaten at the table with candles lit, then Nick

    watches the football game. SO much more relaxing than in years past.

    Don't get me wrong, family is a large part of the traditions we have

    now, but they've evolved to be more of us and less of worrying about

    the extended family. My grandma was probably the sole reason I insisted

    on driving an hour and a half every Christmas morning (or early

    Christmas Eve) and spending my Christmas day's down there. But growing

    up, I always could count on 1 thing- Christmas day at Grandma's. I

    would wake up at my mom or dad's, open presents, get dropped of at

    Grandmas if I was with dad, or go with Mom, eat, open presents, then go

    off to the other parents house. But you know... while I do recall bits

    and peices of Christmas mornings at other houses, it's always been

    Christmas day at Grandma's that I remember best. It's just not the same

    now, and I'd rather start making my own traditions than to try and do

    something that doesn't feel the same to me.

    My hope is that in 20 years, it'll be my kids and grandkids who are

    coming over to my house every year for Christmas Dinner. That's why

    we're slowly working it in so that we have holiday dinners at our own


    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, mluckduck8@... wrote:


    > This year I would like to start some family traditions for Christmas.


    > would love to hear from others what some of your ideas are.


    > Mary Moses

    > (http://www.brightminds.us/web/marym)


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    Default Budget101.com : Re: What are some of your Christmas traditions.

    Our daughter just turned two this year so we are really starting to

    decide what Christmas traditions we want to celebrate in our

    household. I usually pick a theme after Christmas is over for the

    next years Christmas (this year its-love, last year-peace, year

    before-joy). This theme allows me to choose things throughout the

    year and to shop the after Christmas markdowns. So for this year

    everything will be hearts, red and gold, and our handmade gifts for

    our over 150 friends, family neighbors, co-workers, and my daughter's

    classmates will all be themed around "Love".

    Decorating in our household is a first Saturday evening after

    Thanksgiving project. My husband pulls out the tree and sets it up we

    put on all our prior year ornaments and fill in with the balls in this

    years colors. I put up a ribbon (now two) that stretch down the

    hallway with all the prior Christmas' cards on them. We decorate our

    house with greenery and warm blankets (we live in TX so it doesn't get

    really cold till December if at all.) We change out our summer linens

    for our winter ones and try to put something "Christ" centered in

    every room, whether just an open bible , Christmas story books in the

    quiet rooms, the advent calendar in the dining room, or the nativity

    in the living room. We put mistletoe above our bed to remind us to

    love each other through the hectic holidays. I usually pull out the

    hot chocolate and apple cinnamon drink mixes for snuggle time each

    evening. I look forward to warm milk and cookie nights with my

    daughter this year. We will watch movies like Miracle on 34th St and

    such on Friday and Saturday evenings but the other nights we will read


    We will go look at Christmas lights one evening the week before

    Christmas Eve. We also will do whatever church activities are going

    on that year. I would love to go caroling or at least go to the park

    where caroling is going on. We also have a baking night the weekend

    before Christmas for our neighbors and I liked that idea of a come and

    go party, but we usually just go door to door and meet and greet.

    Christmas songs fill our home for the week prior to Christmas or while

    we are doing activities together. I hope that we can have gingerbread

    houses and other Christmas crafts when the kids get older. We send

    Christmas newsletters to everyone in the family and close friends

    enclosed with their gift. We hand deliver as many as possible between

    Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    In our home Santa and Jesus switch priority. By that I mean Santa is

    a story we only hear on the night before Christmas. We tell the

    actual story of St Nick not the reindeer version. We encourage our

    kids to have giving hearts and to look for opportunities and needs in

    those around them. On Christmas day it is about giving not receiving.

    We go out to nursing homes, shelters, widows, orphans, etc and give

    them baskets of goodies we made the prior weekend. I hope our kids

    will play "Santa" for other people as they grow up. Presents within

    our family are one want, one need, one clothing, and one book and CD

    for each member and are opened the day after Christmas. Now our

    extended family almost always showers us with gifts so we do not feel

    our children go without. Also they do get stockings on the corners of

    their beds that they wake up to Christmas morning. I usually put

    small gifts I have found through the year in them. (Us adults and the

    pets get one too) This is opened Christmas morning. Our advent

    calendar has a scripture and a treat in each drawer opened the 24 days

    prior to Christmas. Well that is our Christmas in a nutshell.

    Speaking of which I would love to see the nutcracker ballet one day.




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