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08-14-2007, 11:58 AM #email@example.com>Guest
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
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
From: herberkids3 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2007/08/13 Mon PM 11:11:53 CDT
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
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
08-15-2007, 03:09 PM #2chalcedony1213Guest
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.