Family Holiday present traditions

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  1. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    Does your family have any silly or uniques traditions when it comes to holiday presents?

    We have 2 tradtions that we keep going every year.

    1) Holiday stockings get filled with new socks for everyone. I have been known to wrap each sock individually just for fun.

    2) we have the christmas pickle. we have a pickle ornament that gets hidden on the tree every christmas eve. WHoever finds the ornament gets the christmas pickle gift. Sometimes it's a box baked goodies, or a gift certificate to a store, one year it was a heated ice scraper for your car. The person who found the pickle the previous year is responsible for picking out the gift for the next year.

    So, what are your silly or unique traditions?

    Nikki
     
  2. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

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    We're trying to start a new tradition with the grown-ups in the family - presents have to be: 1) homemade, 2) recycled, or 3) second-hand.
     

  3. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    I love reading about other people's traditions. Gives me more material to steal <g>. For example, we shamelessly stole the Christmas Pickle idea from another family and made it our tradition.

    Nikki
     
  4. ChickenMom

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    Everyone gets stockings, we fill them with kid stuff. They are full of balloons, cheap or homemade toys, playdoh, just junk etc. Every year even though the kids are grown, everyone plays with their stocking toys. That includes DH and I who are 40, my mother who is 73, and all the kids ages 22, 21, 20, and 3-18 year olds, that way we never have to grow up! LOL
     
  5. MelissaW

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    We had the goofiest tradition when I was growing up. Every year, when we put up the Christmas tree, we played an albumn (yes, an actual record on a turntable!) by the Ventures called The Ventures Christmas. It is the most hilarious record! They took Christmas carols, and mixed them with popular rock songs from the time. For example, Hark the Harold Angels Sing was mixed with Tequila! It kind of went..."Hark the Harold Angels Si-ing...Da Da Dada Dat Da Dat Da, Taquila!" We're so dorky.
     
  6. Elffriend

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    In our house half the nights of Chanukkah have a theme attached to them. We have: Book Night, Game Night, Video Night and Homemade Present Night. Everybody gets a book on Book Night. On Game Night and Video Night we get one game or video for the entire family to share. Those two nights have helped us keep the focus on spending time together as a family and not so much focus on the gifts.
     
  7. mamastars

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    When our sons got older we give them some presents under the tree and hide money in decorated envelopes in the tree. They always open the presents first.

    The boys and I together have always made cookies for friends and the elderly in the neighborhood. Even tho they have gotten older and busier they still insist I save one cookie baking day for them to help. We have a blast talking, laughing, making a mess and of course sampling!!
     
  8. mamastars

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    Another tradition we have is decorating the tree together. We listen to holiday music and drink egg nog or hot chocolate. I take the ornament out of the boxes and the boys decorate. As I take the special ornaments out of the boxes and hand them to the boys I tell who made it or gave it to us and we talk about the memories of that person. We also have pine cones from all their grandparents homes and all of our homes. I hope they keep the ornaments and remember the stories long after I'm gone.
     
  9. belladulcinea

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    We ALWAYS watch the Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve and go to services. The kids can invite someone to come over as long as I get a heads up and can plan for them. We always have the same menu.

    We make at least one handmade gift for everyone and usually do food baskets for the guys. We open our gifts one at a time so we can focus on the person doing the opening.
     
  10. MtnGranny

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    When my now grown children were small, we started making sugar cookies every year. I would mix food coloring in a little canned milk and they would paint the cookies before baking. They always enjoyed that. When my middle son was in the 4 or 5th grade, his class went to see the Nutcracker play. He came home all excited and said he wanted a nutcracker. So that year I bought a cheap nutcracker for each of them and put it in their stockings. It was the hit that year. They got a new nutcracker each year and now have very nice collections. I have stopped buying them since they all grew up but it was a nice tradition that we all enjoyed - but now Mom has very few nutcrackers to set out.
     
  11. caryatid

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    We celebrate Yule for 12 days.

    1. No gifts go under the tree until the morning they are to be opened. (One year my eldest 2, then 2 and 4, snuck ALL the gifts into their room during nap time and opened them ALL)

    2. When a child discovers the truth about "the man in the sleigh", they get to do it next year. This is the first year we've had to institute this! My 10yo is soooo excited.
     
  12. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    WOw! SO many great traditions! KEep them coming.

    Nikki
     
  13. Jen H

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    A good 20 years ago, one of my Aunts complained about how much she hated these little frogs that were in her yard. Well, my Dad and his other sisters (being kind and thoughtful siblings) remembered and shopped all year for the perfect ugly frog figurines to give her at Christmas. The tradition stuck. Every year, at least one person gets "Frogged". We all keep our eyes open for frog things that are so ugly they're cute.

    Every Christmas Eve we all get together at my Grandmother's house for corn chowder, home made tamales, and whatever other food happens to come along. We spend the evening together, munching, visiting, playing games... then we bundle into our cars and attend midnight mass. Christmas Day is usually spent in individual family groups with liberal visiting back and forth.
     
  14. hmsteader71

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    Every Christmas season, my daughter and I watch all the holiday movies we enjoy: A Christmas Carol, Ghost of Dickens Past, Holiday Affair, Borrowed Hearts, Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year that we can, we choose one family and pack a food box and put homemade gifts and a few purchased gifts for those in the family and on Christmas Eve we knock, leave the box on the porch and leave. That way someone gets a visit from "Santa".
     
  15. kitty32_z8

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    wel lets see...
    No presents go under tree til Christmas eve. I have a child who cant stay out of them even at 14.
    Stockings can be opened in morning before mom and dad get up.
    Each year kids have to decide if the want a quanitity or quality Chirstmas. Either good quality but less presents or more of less quality.
    Mom (me) is in charge of decorating tree and assigns task as she sees fit.
    Dad hands out gifts. Kids have to wait til each has a present to open before opening the next gift.
    Mom torture the kids through classic Christmas movies every year.
    At least one present each will be something small in a big box.
    We go out as a family and pick out our tree and cut it down.
     
  16. HappyYooper

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    Christmas eve we spend over night at dh's parents. They enjoy going to the Casino so we all end up there for a couple hours. The parents go home while John & I take a ride around town to look at the Christmas displays. When we get back to his parents house we have hot toddy's and exchange gifts.
    Christmas day the girls & their families come here for a buffet style meal, sit around & just relax enjoying each other's company. After the kitchen is cleaned up we open gifts from Santa & every year he leaves a brand new pair of P.J.'s for everyone!
    You all have such wonderful traditions!! I've enjoyed reading every one of them!!
     
  17. Pony

    Pony STILL not Alice Supporter

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    Christmas Eve is Italian roast beef sandwiches and gift opening. The music during gift opening is Vince Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown Christmas" and sometimes DH and I do the "Charlie Brown dance" from the t.v. show. (Yes. We are silly.) :dance:

    This year, I am not sure who is going to show up. DD is working through her beliefs on the holidays while simultaneously trying to push my "hot" buttons (no worries -- I'm not biting); DS has a new love in his life and they may have other plans.

    That's life. Kids grow up and start their own traditions.

    But no matter who shows up, the plans at PonyVille are beef sandwiches, gifts, and Vince Guaraldi.

    We'll worship God's Gift of Salvation either at midnight service or next morning. :)

    Pony!
     
  18. MomOf4

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    Since my step-daughters lost their mother last year, we decided it would be best to start some new traditions. We don't allow their mother's traditions, only because those were just that...their mother's traditions, and we don't want them to be sad about it. We make it new and exciting for them...

    -We don't go anywhere on Christmas Day, so we can stay home and not be rushed.
    -They all get new PJ's on Christmas Eve, and they can wear them ALL day Christmas Day if they want. We then watch movies in our PJ's and enjoy each other's company.
    -We don't get everyone gifts from everyone...we draw names and set a spending limit, so they are focused on that one person, and everyone gets something they truly want (plus it's more frugal too). Everyone wraps their own gifts.
    -We dress in our PJ's, pack popcorn and hot chocolate, and drive around to see the lights a few days before Christmas.
    -My kids are too old for Santa now, but our newest little one is 5 today, so Santa will come again this year!!!
    -I always forget myself when filling stockings, so a friend and I fill each other's stockings, and trade a couple days before Christmas, so we have surprises to open Christmas morning.
    -We have a cookie exchange with friends, and have hot chocolate, and eat cookies, exchange recipes and dozens of cookies so we all only have to bake a limited variety.
    -NEWEST TRADITION: stay home on Black Friday, and sign Christmas cards, and make homemade gifts. Everyone personally signs the home-made cards (made from old cards we received, with the sayings and pictures glued to construction paper with ribbons and glitter). We will include a family picture of our new, complete family.

    I think we'll add a Christmas Eve church service this year too.
     
  19. blue gecko

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    Michelle, I'm so happy for you!

    Our traditions include everyone gets a special ornament in their stocking. When they leave home they will take their ornaments with them so they'll have a bit of 'home' on their tree. My kids are 20 and almost 19...it almost makes me cry.

    We play Charlie Brown Christmas music and Claude Boling Christmas morning.

    We always have a special brunch like eggs benedict, fresh fruit and mimosas and usually spend a great part of the day in our pjs.
     
  20. triana1326

    triana1326 Dances in moonlight

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    We do the pickle too!!! My brother's family bought us a green blown glass pickle that we hang in the tree. Whoever finds it gets the day off. no picking up, no cooking, or cleaning dishes, no shoveling snow, etc...i thought we were the only ones with a pickle on their tree!!!