Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Traditions

After I posted my Miscellany Monday post this morning, I saw that today is Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge over at Aly's blog, Analyize This, and the topic for today is Christmas/Holiday traditions. Since I am married and don't have any kids, we haven't really established any of our own traditions, but we have 2 families that we would like to see around Christmas time, so every year looks different. I got excited though, thinking about the Christmas traditions I grew up with and wanted to join in the fun and write about those.

My favorite Christmas memories growing up involve Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. My family would go to Christmas Eve church service, and out to eat every year. Sometimes we would go to our own church, sometimes my aunt's church if she was singing or playing guitar. And we would always go out to eat. Sometimes before church, sometimes after depending on which church service we decided to go to. And sometimes it was just my mom, dad, grandma, sister and myself, and other years it was the whole family. This part was flexible. But when we got home, my sister and I would ALWAYS open our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve. Then we would put on our favorite pajamas and we would all pile into my parents bed and read these 3 books: 

All of us reading these books before bed might be the thing I miss most from our childhood Christmas traditions. We read these books every year up to the Christmas before I got married when I was 22.

On Christmas morning we would all go downstairs together and open gifts. As we got older we slept in longer, but when we were little my parents would have to tell Julie and I that we weren't allowed to wake them up until 7:00 or some really early hour. But we would wake up before that so excited and would hang out in each other's rooms until that time, so excited to open our Christmas gifts. Then after we opened gifts my mom would make Santa pancakes and we would play with our new toys all day until it was time to either go to my grandma's house or have everyone over to our house to celebrate with our extended family.
 Such good times!

Now it's your turn to head over to Aly's and join in and share your favorite traditions!


Kit said...

You have some great traditions! Your Christmas is going to be amazing!

Molly said...

Great traditions!

Thanks for joining our blog challenge :)