Monday, December 15, 2008

Tradition.... tradition!

(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?


  1. we pick out our tree and decorate it as a family (mom ALWAYS puts the angel on the top) while drinking eggnog (sans alcohol).We also watch It's A Wonderful Life (starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) on Christmas day.I'm excited to see what traditions your family comes up with!

  2. My family treks up to the barn on my parents' land every Christmas Eve and we sit on hay bales and my dad reads the Christmas story from Luke. (When we had cows, it was an especially cool setting!) It has to happen for me to feel like Christmas Eve. It all started when my twin sister and I were about 5 - Julie wrote a play and wanted us to all wear costumes and act out the Christmas story with the barn as the setting. My parents decided to forego the costumes, but they liked the idea of going to the barn. It stuck.

  3. lainey345@yahoo.comDecember 15, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    We always have the same thing for dinner on Christmas Eve (potato soup) before going to church, and after church we make gingersnaps and watch "A Christmas Story" (the one about the kid and the BB gun). I'm actually still partaking in this because we've spent the last few Christmases at my parents house. At some point, we'll need to stay at our house and start our own traditions but I'm just not ready yet. Good luck coming up with your own traditions. It's a lot of pressure, isn't it!

  4. We made Christmas pillow cases for everyone in the family that we used from Dec. 1st till Christmas....also, everyone had their own special Christmas quilt or blanket. On Christmas Eve everyone got to open one gift and that was Christmas pajamas! Yep, we still do it! Oh, and every year each child got a new Christmas ornament that would reflect a special event, interest or hobby that year...and that turned into whenever we went anywhere special during the year, we would hunt down some place to purchase a Christmas ornament and then when we'd decorate the tree we'd remember all the cool places we had been that year.....lots more, but I don't want to ramble!