Share your holiday traditions with us?

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Share your holiday traditions with us?
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 1:42pm

Hi everyone! We're working on a sweet piece about holiday traditions and we'd love to hear what your favorite traditions have been over the years. I know that some of your holidays might start looking a bit different now that your kids are in college or out on their own, but you can tell us about your favorite when they were kids, or something new you've started doing.

One of my favorite traditions growing up was Christmas Eve at my paternal grandparents' house. We'd get dressed up, decorate the tree, have a nice dinner, then open gifts one by one. Such a big contrast to Christmas Day with the other side of the family, which was much more casual and chaotic.

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 1:55pm
I think one of the most fun ones is St Nicholas Day when we'd drag out one of ds's slippers and put it at the side of his bed with a small gift in it. It's tougher with him away at college; haven't figured out how to do it this year yet but already have the gift! Usually it's something cute/funny - when he was little it'd be a little kit or art supplies; this year it's a musical snow globe he can put in his school apartment since they have limited space to decorate.

Sue
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 2:00pm
Aw, that is sweet Sue! Does he have roommates? Maybe you could get one of them to help. I bet that would be really special for him!
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 2:12pm
I think all we'll do this year is put it in his slipper by his bed at home (he didn't bring his Homer Simpson face slippers to school; he wanted classic moccasins for there!); he usually stops by for his cat visit/laundry run on Sundays so it might not be on the right day but I think he'd still enjoy it that way.

Sue
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 6:39pm
We have two favorites. The first is our tacky Santa ornaments. When my dh and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii, almost 24 years ago I fell in love with an ornament that was Santa dressed in a grass skirt in front of the palm tree. I had to have it as a souvenier. He hated it and everytime I wasn't looking he'd move it from the front of the Christmas tree to the back of the tree. When he wasn't looking I would move it back to the front. Well, the next Christmas I decided to find another non traditional Santa ornament just to tease him, and the tacky Santa tradition was born. To qualify as a tacky Santa in our house, Santa has to be doing something very un-Santa like. We have Santa on a Harley, plumber Santa, Santa playing soccer, Santa sitting on a cactus, Santa in a Navy uniform etc. Every year we buy a new one and he gets as into hunting for the right one. Alot of times we fine the annual one on vacation or the girls will see one in the store and call to tell us they've found the perfect one for the year.

Our other tradition is our Christmas breakfast of blueberry pancakes and bacon. It's what I have eaten every single Christmas that I have been old enough to eat solid food. We don't have blueberry pancakes any other day of the year but Christmas morning.
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 7:03pm
Sleep in, go to a movie, go out to dinner. Just a quiet day when we have no responsibilities and nothing to do expect spend time together as our small nuclear family. I love watching all my Christian neighbors enjoying their holiday and I love it even more that my family gets a special quiet day.

I love Christmas!

Robin (um, of course I am Jewish.)
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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 9:22pm

When I was a teen, we use to stay up until the wee hours of the morning playing cards. The later it got the dirtier the game became. Uno was a fav and we use to change the rules to really get one another. We had so much fun. My guys love playing an old game that I still have from when I was a kid called stock ticker. My youngest son, always cleans my clock....but this year it was my turn! I just love spending time together with my guys. That is my Christmas for me. Christmas Eve for many years, I use to organize the Children's mass and pagent. Then we'd go home and eat and open presents. My boys use to always groan whenever I organized the mass because I was always short of a body somewhere and they were always my replacements! They were good sports! The best part was packing our church full of noisy rambunctious children and feeling their excitement! I so miss the Children's mass, Im just too fried to do it anymore...my energy doesnt keep up to me anymore!

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Wed, 11-09-2011 - 9:42pm
This started out as a way for me to repay friends and neighbors for pitching to watch my kids during the year, but became so much more! I used to take Christmas Eve off work, and all my kids' friends came over to bake for the day. Everyone picked out a recipe, we went to the store for anything exotic, and then we spent all day making everything. At the end of the day, everyone went home with a nice assortment. We had some spectacular disasters, but that was part of the fun. And one year, squirrels got into the rum balls that were cooling on the balcony. THAT was a sight to see.