(Meant to be sung Fiddler-on-the-Roof style.)
You may recall from a few posts back that I never celebrated Christmas until I got older, and even then very little. Our family never had any long-standing Christmas traditions, we never had a tree, my mother never went crazy with baking Christmas goodies, I've almost never opened any number of presents on Christmas Eve or Day, I don't have any Christmas songs or movies that MUST be listened to or watched in order for Christmas to really be here, we never hung Christmas lights, never believed in Santa, etc..
Since I've recently thrown myself wholeheartedly (or most-heartedly at least) into celebrating Christmas with my own growing family I'm looking for some traditions to make our own. I love the idea of having family traditions in general, but right now I'm focusing on Christmas for obvious reasons.
I'd love it if you'd take a minute to share with me some of the most meaningful Christmas traditions you remember from your childhood (religious or not.) What did you do? What made it special? Do you still do it now? What has to happen in order for Christmas to be here for you?