- December 14, 2007 at 1:56 pm #254790LissKeymaster
Since we don’t exchange gifts with other family members, x-mas eve our kids opened gifts they bought for each other. They are now older (collage age) and they still want to open gifts from each other on x-mas eve. It was always something they can play with, which made it that much more fun.
I also baked a cake, decorated it and put Happy B-day dear Jesus. It was my way helping them remember what Christmas was really all about. Even though my DH b-day is on the 16th and DD on the 29th. Jesus cake was just as important.
> What’s your favorite Family tradition?
From the time my children were little (oldest is almost 30…youngest
is 16), I either sew or purchase them new pj’s and also get each of
them a new pair of slippers that they get to open Christmas eve, just
The first saturday of December we always go to a tree farm and cut
our Christmas tree. Then we stop to see Santa and the reindeer and
other animals (tree, Santa and animals all at the same farm). Go
home, put on Christmas music, eat cookies and drink hot cocoa with
candy cane stir sticks, while decorating the tree…then we settle in
and watch a Christmas movie or read a Christmas story book together.
I make Stuffed French toast every Christmas for breakfast. I prepare
it the day before, refrigerate it overnight, pop it in the oven while
we open gifts…an easy, no fuss breakfast on Christmas morning!
A couple of nights before Christmas we drive around to certain areas
in our town and look at Christmas lights.
***make cookies…take to a local nursing home and homeless shelter…
***recycle and make Christmas cards that we hand out along with the
cookies at the nursing home/homeless shelter…
***donate time with our local walk-n-knock food drive…
***when my kids were young, we’d pick tags off the angel tree and
make and buy gifts for needy children the same age and sex as my own
children. Now I am starting this with my granddaughter.
~Kimmie in WA
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