Monday, October 12, 2009
TWOC: Christmas Traditions
Christmas Traditions are HUGE! I love all the ones I grew up with:
1. Decorating the tree while drinking egg nog and listening to Christmas Carols.
2. Christmas Eve neighborhood party (that has now turned to a family party because we moved from the old neighborhood).
3. Making homemade bread, crescent rolls, and all kind of cookies and treats with my mom during Christmas vacation.
4. Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus is coming to town when they came on tv.
5. Watching White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney with my mom...five hundred times in two weeks.
6. Christmas morning brunch.
Now that I have my own family (and my kids are young) some have followed us...and some we've put aside. But this is what we still do:
1. Christmas Eve party...either at my in-laws or with my family (they both always have Christmas parties, so we switch off years).
2. Watch all the movies...but now I watch the animated ones with my kids (they actually watch Frosty all year long...I know, I know!) and I watch White Christmas by myself. Sad, huh? I just can't seem to guilt the hubs into watching it with me. Go figure!
3. Decorating the Christmas tree while drinking egg nog and listening to Christmas carols. This is one that I'm thankful my kiddos are still too young to do (for the most part) because I am ANAL about what my tree looks like. Like, TYPE A, my-way-or-the-highway-anal. Seriously. Did I mention that I bought the kids their own trees to decorate? Yeah. 'Cause I did. That way my tree...is my tree. Is that wrong?
4. Go to my mom's house and my sister and I decorate her tree and her house for her.
5. The three gifts at Christmas.
6. Make a birthday cake or cupcake and sing happy birthday to the baby Jesus.
7. I bake sugar cookies with my sister-in-law.
8. Go to Christmas Tree Lane to look at beautiful houses with beautiful decorations!
Things we are planning on doing as the kiddos get older:
1. When we pull out the nativity set, have each person tell the story of the person/animal/thing they got from the box and how it relates to the story of Jesus' birth.
2. Go into detail about the three gifts at Christmas.
3. Read the story of the birth of Christ before we open gifts on Christmas Day.
And probably more as they get older and our lives change!
Head over to RedWriting to see lots of other ideas for Christmas Traditions!