Traditions

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Is there anything more fun than holiday traditions that you look forward to each year?

Growing up, we had several traditions I loved, and its been fun to create new traditions with our family with William.

We always got new pajamas on Christmas Eve. We mailed our letters to Santa via our Christmas tree the first week of December, the elves would come collect our letters and leave a new family movie and three boxes of Christmas sweet-tarts for us kids. My mama would always make homemade cocoa mix as a gift for neighbors and teachers and would always make a big batch for our family too.  Sometime during Advent we would decorate a gingerbread house as a family, and on Christmas Eve after mass we would drive around looking at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music. Christmas Eve would also include Chinese food for supper and  children’s mass. We would always make sugar cut-outs with my dad; mom would prepare the dough and dad would help us all with the rolling and cutting out of the cookies on Christmas Eve.

As a kid, I always looked forward to the egg casserole my mom would prepare for Christmas morning. Christmas morning we would have to wait at the top of the stairs until my parents checked to see if Santa had come, put the casserole in the oven and to start the coffee pot. Then we’d head down to the tree to see what Santa had brought – the Santa gifts were never wrapped and always left in a small pile with our stockings. After we looked through the stockings and Santa gifts, we’d stop to get some breakfast before we opened the gifts from family. My favorite part of Christmas mornings growing up was watching Maddie, our west highland white terrier, play in the wrapping paper – she loved it! After presents, we’d each go shower and try on any clothes we received before getting back into our new pajamas for a day of watching new movies we received and playing new games. It was always a fun day of family time spent enjoying the gifts we received and each other’s company.

Now, William and I make pad thai on Christmas Eve and attend the earliest mass. We try to get a new ornament or two each year. The first Christmas when we were dating I gave William a wooden Bengal, last year I gave him a clay heart with our names and the year, a metal Idaho cutout, and a paw ornament for Mavis. William gave me a few White House ornaments last year and this year we picked up a snowman and a star while in Berlin. Its fun to add meaningful treasures to our tree each year. We also spend at least one night driving around to look at lights while listening to Christmas music. We decorate for the season as early in November as we can – we love making the house feel festive for as long as possible! Christmas morning I make a special breakfast like my mama did; last year I made monkey bread and this year I’m debating between gluten-free cinnamon rolls and egg casserole. We also enjoy watching a variety of Christmas movies throughout the month of December and try to see a movie in theaters – last year we saw The Force Awakens and this year we’re seeing Rogue One. We send out Christmas cards to our family and closest friends – they’re fun to put together each year. Last year we sent Mavis wearing reindeer ears to everyone and this year’s card features images from some of our trips and of Mavis being adorable.

I’d love to hear what traditions you and your spouse have and what traditions you grew up with!

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Traditions

  1. My best friend always did the pajamas on Christmas Eve thing, and the first year I went to Michael’s for Christmas he said they get one present on Christmas Eve but he said he wouldn’t tell me what it was. I was like, “It’s pajamas, isn’t it?” Hahaha. (It was.) I love that tradition! I totally want to do that with our future children. My mom always makes an egg casserole Christmas morning! And Thanksgiving morning too. I love it.

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    • There’s just something so fun about matching Christmas jams! Last year was my first Christmas away from home (so no pajamas) and my mama got the four of them onsies! This year I think she sent William and I jams because we each have a gift labeled Christmas Eve under the tree.

      Holiday egg casserole is the best! I love that it always felt like such a special treat!

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  2. Your post reminded me how my parents made us wait at the end of the hallway until they had the video camera ready before we could walk into the living room on Christmas morning! So special! And I think my husband and I are going to start a tradition of buying each other special ornaments! Love yours!

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    • My parents have continued having us wait still, even though I can’t make it home & the youngest is 21! It’s hilarious & i don’t think it’ll ever change .

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  3. Oh, I just read and soaked up every word of this post! It’s such a reminder that kids really do remember the “little” things that parents do to make the holidays special. It sounds like you have such a great family and its so neat that you have such special Christmas memories. We used to drive around and look at Christmas lights after church too! Another similarity – I also looked forward to my mom’s egg casserole every year. Now I make it. 🙂

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    • It so interesting reading everyone’s posts! It seems egg casserole or cinnamon rolls are the two most popular Christmas morning breakfasts!

      There is something extra magical about Christmas lights on Christmas Eve I think 😉

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  4. We’re trying to figure out what our traditions are going to be. We went to the late Christmas Eve mass at the church where we were married. I loved doing that. I want to try and collect an ornament from each place we go… I wish I had started that with our mini-moon and since then…. but alas. lol

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