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What are your Christmas traditions?

 

In our family, we always do the following - 

 

- Visit the Christkindlemarkt for gluewine, brats, pretzels and Viennese almonds. We always buy our annual hand-blown glass tree ornament there. 

- Put up the tree and decorate the house on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

- Leave out cookies for Santa (who only brings one gift at our house; the rest are from us). 

- Make extra donations (we try to donate to our food bank on a regular basis). 

- Spend Christmas Day at home. Our dinner is Norwegian meatballs, ligonberries, mashed potatoes and glogg. Some years we add in an extra meat, like duck breast or venison - something we don't eat very often. 

- For cookies, we always bake at least spritz and Russian tea cakes. 

- I always make at least one hand made gift for Little Man. 


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Those are lovely traditions!

 

We celebrate solstice and Christmas and, with friends who celebrate other holidays, those holidays. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions include:

--Decorating inside and outside so that we have a festive environment around us.

--Holiday Helper

--Making as many homemade gifts as we can while listening to holiday music.

--Going shopping at local craft fairs.
--Pancakes for breakfast on Christmas brunch and having brunch before opening presents.

--Spending Christmas day at home and playing together as a family.


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Those are lovely traditions!

 

We celebrate solstice and Christmas and, with friends who celebrate other holidays, those holidays. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions include:

 

--Holiday Helper

 

Thanks! I love Christmas time, especially now that I had a toddler. Watching him enjoy this stuff and have fun is almost better than experiencing it myself. 

 

And how could I forget Holiday Helper! That's also becoming a vital tradition for us to donate what we can to help out other mamas. 

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Our traditions:
--We give each child a new ornament to unwrap and put on the tree the day we decorate
--We listen to carols and have hot cocoa while we decorate
--We give each child new PJs to unwrap and wear on Christmas Eve
--We bake lots, but always Russian tea cakes, chocolate crinkles, and fudge
--We spend one evening driving around and looking at Christmas lights
--We watch lots of Christmas-themed movies/shows, but the ones we HAVE to see are: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 30-minute cartoon version), Sound of Music, and A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version)
--We visit Santa at the fancy mall, and ride the carousel and window shop afterwards so I can get ideas for the kids' gifts
--We read lots of Christmas-themed books
--We go see the living nativity at a nearby church
--We put out cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer
--We spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws, and Christmas Day at home (we celebrate Christmas with my family over Thanksgiving)
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--We watch lots of Christmas-themed movies/shows, but the ones we HAVE to see are: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the 30-minute cartoon version), Sound of Music, and A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version)

 

I forgot this one! Our must-watch shows are How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the classic cartoon version), Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the claymation version), A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. 

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--We spend one evening driving around and looking at Christmas lights

 

We do this as well and it's such fun! :)

 

@kitchensqueen, I know what you mean; it's even more joyful to be a part of my child's experiencing of the holidays. :joy


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We don't have very many traditions, but we enjoy these:

- Driving around a huge light display in my parents neighborhood

- Visiting a historic mill and looking at their holiday decorations

- Baking and decorating sugar cookies

- Making gift tags instead of buying them

- Listening to Christmas music while we decorate our tree

 

I look forward to seeing what else becomes a tradition over the years.


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We have tons (some we didn't do this year but most years we..)

-Visit Santa 

-Make homemade gifts (scrubs and things), ornaments for relatives, and wrap things beautifully using materials kids find in nature

-Drive around to look at lights

-Christmas movies almost every single day!

-Donate to charities we love (pick out new people in need each year) 

-Volunteer somewhere

-Bake our brains out

-Advent each day/week


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This is our first Christmas in our new home so we are adding a few to our usual list:

 -Drive around and look at Christmas lights.

 -Christmas music is pretty much always in the background.

 -Decorate the tree together.

 -Lots of baking.

 -We watch tons of Christmas movies.

 -Taking the Polar Express train ride.

 -The tree lighting ceremony in our town square is a new one added this year.

 -I always feel extra crafty this time of year and ds & I usually make a few ornaments for the tree.


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I give ds a new ornament every year.

We are starting a new tradition this year. Not sure what to call it yet. LOL.  I'll be giving ds a package on Christmas Eve with new pi's, a movie, and snacks for the movie.  I'm also going to include a card that says something positive about him.  Then, we'll curl up on the sofa and watch the movie.


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I give ds a new ornament every year.

We are starting a new tradition this year. Not sure what to call it yet. LOL.  I'll be giving ds a package on Christmas Eve with new pi's, a movie, and snacks for the movie.  I'm also going to include a card that says something positive about him.  Then, we'll curl up on the sofa and watch the movie.


That's sweet. What a great idea!

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We do an activity advent calendar, and many of these appear on it:

 

  • We hand out baking to several of our neighbours (mostly the families of kids that my kids play with)
  • We take one evening to go out driving and look at neighbourhood lights.
  • We go out one day and each child picks out one new ornament for the tree (dh and I plan to let them take most of their gifts with them)
  • We each open a new pair of PJs (or similar - could be a robe, slippers or whatever) on Christmas Eve
  • We have a specific Christmas day breakfast - ham hash and eggs (a skillet dish)
  • DH reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at bedtime on Christmas Eve
  • We sing Christmas songs in the car on the way back from picking up our tree (anytime after December 1st, usually in the second week of December)
  • We have Christmas dinner, and a gift exchange with my nieces and nephews, at my mom's house. I bring dessert.
  • We all come downstairs together on Christmas morning to open our stockings (ridiculously overstuffed)
  • We watch a different Christmas movie each Friday in December (sometimes, we add one or two midweek)
  • Santa brings each child one gift (all Santa gifts are wrapped in the same paper) and a very full stocking - stocking stuffers are unwrapped
  • I switch out all my bedtime songs (usually sing Que Sera, Gypsy Rover, My Favorite Things and several others) with Christmas songs for the month of December.

 

I'm sure there are others, but those come to me off the top of my head.


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