What's your favorite holiday tradition?

  1. The holidays are almost here and I can't wait. I love the holidays!!! So, what are you favorite traditions?
    I always get my kids new "christmas theme" jammies and a new blanket (usually a small, fleece one) and a new pillow with a Christmas pillowcase. We open these gifts on Thanksgiving night so that they can use them for the whole "season". Then on Thanksgiving night we put on our jammies, cuddle up with our blankets and watch "National Lampoon's Chiristmas Vacation" and whatever christmas shows are on TV. The next day, we play christmas music all day and put up the decorations. I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
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  3. by   Beach_RN
    Thanksgiving.. We have Dinner at my Moms' & Desert at my Mother in Law.. Or visa Versa,.. we alternate.. After that the rest of the weekend is spent on Decorating For Christmas!

    Christmas Eve... we have the whole family over for dinner, My husband dresses up as Santa, and hands out gifts....dances with the adults and kids.... the kids get a kick out of it! The young ones really believe it's Santa!

    After everyone leaves... the kids go outside in their jammies.. and spread the magic reindeer food on the lawn... put out their milk and cookies for santa... We read the Twas the night before Xmas...and then it's lights out for them....and the night is just starting out for me and my husband!
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it's just us being military and far from friends/family. but we do have fun! often, we invite other single military folks or folks w/ no family nearby to eat over. or we spend the holidays w/other military family/friends. we always enjoy our kids and their reactions to the holiday spirit and like going to church for mass for christmas......it really makes it all the better. we bake cookies and make fudge, the kids and i we drive up to the mountains to see the lights in the little towns that are so amazingly pretty this time of year...we play in the snow.... we play christmas music while present-wrapping. we watch home alone and a christmas carol for the 1000th time....we light very good-smelling candles to make the house smell good.....we give thanks for what we have......we try to enjoy all the "little" things about being together for the holidays.....the little traditions do mean the most, i have found. and having the kids makes is so much richer!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 8, '02
  5. by   live4today
    Deb, I can sure relate to that! Most of our holidays are spent in exactly the same way since we, too, are a military family.

    I will be spending Thanksgiving with my children and grandchildren here in Delaware where we are all gathering at the home of my youngest daughter's where I am currently visiting.

    My husband and I will spend Christmas together, probably with other military friends of ours who live on the base where we live.

    Happy Holidays to you all!
  6. by   Rustyhammer
    We have a christmas tree cutting party. We invite friends and family over for breakfast and then go up to the high country for trees. We make a big fire up there and cook lunch over the fire. We have hot chocolate for the kids who also are busy sledding.
    Then we walk through the forest until we find the perfect tree.
    Last year we had about 25 people go up there with us and all had a good time.
  7. by   Lausana
    Hmmm, the fighting and bickering over any plans my parents try to make for the holidays on my mom's side...no one else wants to organize, but they all want to b*tch It's already begun for this yr. :chuckle

    But really one of my favorite times during the holidays is the get-together with my grandma side-all her sisters and their families. It's very casual and potluck although everybody brings their "specialty" and we eat and visit and laugh a lot and pass around this yrs new babies, lol, then we have a chinese auction for funny gifts (with certain "reappearing" gifts that get regiven every couple yrs) so of course there's lots more laughter at the hilarious and hideous gifts people come up with :roll Then sisters and the kids exchange their own gifts too.

    Wish the other side of the family would catch on!
  8. by   hoolahan
    Here are my favorite holiday traditions...

    Packing up the tree
    Saying goodbye to my relatives at the door
    Sending the kids back to school after the NY holiday!

    Seriously, the holidays are so stressful for me. My husband doesn't do ANY of the shopping, or come with me to help. The kids get greedy. Everyone insists on buying us expensive gifts from hubby's side that we cannot afford to reciprocate, then hubby criticizes my selections as inadequate. Hey, I give nice gifts, but I just can't spend $100 per person! It's always up to me to bear the financial brunt of it too, we can't do it unless I pull the OT. I do the cooking. Relatives show up late, and only one person offers to help. Grandmother criticizes everything I have cooked, bought, prepared.

    I can hardly stand the thought of it. I wish my family would all agree to stop buying gifts, and give all this wasted cash to charities. I have become very cynical about how commercialized Christmas is. I used to really enjoy it when the kids were little, but now that they have entered that ungrateful teenage phase, I have a hard time getting excited about Christmas.

    Just call me Grinch!
  9. by   Mkue
    I miss childhood traditions like eating x-mas cookies before midnight Mass.

    Current traditions are doing the same thing every year, going to the same places, eating the same foods ! For once I would like to just take the whole family and go to Florida !
  10. by   baseline
    My mother has the BEST Christms cookie cut out recipie....and we make cookies and decorate them......

    Our family get togethers have gotten smaller since my Dad passed away and Mom and I moved south...but Mom and I get together on Christmas Eve...just the two of us...have shrimp cocktail and clam chowder....watch some specials on TV. Then we each open one gift. One Christmas day we have friends over for a lite meal and gift giving........
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I wanna run away to RUSTY's PLACE....that sounds the BEST!
  12. by   Q.
    Our favorite tradition is, two days before Thanksgiving, I go and prepare 3 pecan pies as our contribution to the huge meal we will be having on my husband's grandparent's farm. They are both in their 80's and still living independently. They first sold their cows when they were 75!

    So, after work on Wednesday, we drive 3 hours to the farm. It's beautiful up there. The whole family is there...my in-laws, grandparents, cousins, etc. Grandma in law and I usually ground horseradish this time of year.

    Thanksgiving day we have a HUGE feast with all of us - about 35 people! (and everyone brings their dog so this will be Fattie's first holiday!) Then after the meal, we play cards. My husband and his dad will go chop and/or load up firewood for us to take back with us.

    The following day, my husband and I go about a few miles to this Christmas tree farm. There are horse-drawn carriages to take you around the whole property to pick your tree. We select our tree, cut it, and then they will twine it and shake it for you. Meanwhile, we'll go inside the log cabin for hot chocolate. We then load up our tree and drive home, put up our tree and other decorations, and then celebrate Thanksgiving all over again with MY family.
  13. by   baseline
    Suzy K..........Sounds like Thanksgivings of old for me!!!! Big family back then...rented the grange hall for the celebration...at least 2 huge birds and untold numbers of pies....cousins...grandparents..aunts and uncles........games of Simon Sez.....and my father would hook up the horses to the sleigh.....hmmmm...guess you triggered some memories there!
  14. by   rncountry
    Every year I buy a special ornament for each of my children. We know have a special small tree to hang them on. The idea is that when they get their own homes they will take their ornaments and bring part of their childhood with them.
    On Christmas eve I read 'Twas the night before Christmas, and then the kids spread magic reindeer food outside. My oldest is now 18, the next is 15 but the youngest is 6, so we still do that.
    I make sweet potato pie.
    The star on the Christmas tree is an old fashioned hand blown German type star. I have had it ever since I had my first Christmas away from home.
    We go to Midnight mass every year. Last year it hadn't snowed yet and it is the only day of the year I hope for snow. When we got out of services it was snowing, it is a half an hour drive home, no one else on the road with the snow coming down and singing Christmas carols on the way. It was one of the most perfect nights of my life.