Christmas Traditions

I cannot believe that Christmas is only 2 short days away. It seems the older I get, the faster the years just fly by.

We have a few Christmas traditions that we do every year. And I just realized for the first time at Thanksgiving that these traditions are the ones that our children will grow up and recreate with their own families. It is kind of neat to think of it that way.

So for fun I thought I would share some of our traditions. These are the things we do every year and are special to us.

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Every year we get the kids a new ornament. We take them to the store and let them pick out their one for the year. I like seeing how they change from year to year depending on their current tastes.

This year Genghis opted for Darth Vader while Miss Stalin went with her favorite, Minnie Mouse.

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Eventually our plan is to keep collecting one ornament a year for each of them. Then someday when they get married, on their first Christmas we will give them all their ornaments to decorate their tree with. And I hope that they will carry on the tradition with their families.

Since we moved away from our family, we always opt to spend Christmas at home. This gives us a low key day and allows the kids to really enjoy the entire day. Because we are not rushing to go anywhere or worrying about having guests over, we changed up the menu.

Christmas Eve we have a big meal of steaks. We usually go all out and get huge porterhouse steaks and have baked potatoes, a veggie and some bread.

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Then after dinner the kids each get to open one gift. When I was growing up we always got new pajamas on Christmas eve that we would wear to bed that night. My mom has continued this by getting all of the grand kids new pajamas for Christmas. We let them open it on Christmas eve and they wear them to bed that night.

Christmas day is in some ways traditional. We get up, open gifts and just spend the day hanging out together and watching the kids play. To make it easier on me, we do nothing but snack foods that day. Cheese, sausage, crackers, sausage balls, bruschetta and pita chips, and fresh veggies make up the menu this year.

My favorite tradition was actually started by Genghis when he was 4. We had talked about how we celebrate Christmas because it is Jesus’ birthday. He then decided that since it was His birthday that we should have cake and sing Happy Birthday.

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From that Christmas on we have had some sort of birthday cake. I have made one, made cupcakes and this year I bought a small cake. It always says Happy Birthday Jesus and we will put a candle in it, light it, and sing.

What are your Christmas traditions?

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