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Old 12-05-2012, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Christmas Traditions

What are you Christmas traditions? Do you do open the gifts the first thing in the morning, or do you have a family breakfast first?Or do you open the gifts on Christmas Eve? I have a two year old daughter, and I have to say, Holidays are just so much more fun with her. We are still in the process of figuring out our own Christmas traditions...Please tell us yours!!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Christmas is in the middle of summer here, so it tends to be outside, cold lunch followed by a giant family water fight sort of affair Going to spend xmas with my partner's family for the first time this year, my first time having xmas away from my own family! Scary!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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we do dinner Christmas Eve with our families - he goes to his mom's and i go to my parents' or aunt's. Christmas Day we head to my parents' first, then his mom's. this year will be weird with the puppy, though - he can't come to my parents' house.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My family is 5 brothers and sisters (adults). We all meet at our parents house on Christmas Eve for a large dinner and open presents from each other. The adults draw names from each other and the kids draw names from each other.

Then we all go to our own houses and our children open presents from Santa on Christmas morning. Sometime around noon on Christmas Day, we all meet back at our parents house for leftovers and let the kids tell each other what they got from Santa.

This works well for us because we all live close by and letting the kids open 1 present on Christmas Eve seems to help with all the excitment and they sleep better when Santa is busy putting presents under the tree.

This is how we did it when I was a kid and we still do it that way.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One thing we do is we pass out a present, the person opens it, everyone oohs and aahs, then the next present is passed out, opened, oohed and aahed over, then the next present..... Makes present opening last a lot longer than passing them out, and then everyone rips into them.

As far as when we do presents, it depends of if my husband has to work that morning or not. We've done presents as early as 9:00 in the morning and as late as 3:00 in the afternoon.

I don't fix a fancy meal. The big thing at our house (a family tradition since 1946) is ham sandwiches. Christmas Eve, we decorate a ham with pineapple rings and hard candy, bake it to melt the candy, put it in the fridge, and have sandwiches for lunch/dinner.
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My family doesn't have any traditions at this point. Growing up we all lived close together - Aunts & Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, etc. Now everyone is spread out. The one tradition I had left was going over to my best friend's parents' house Christmas Eve. Last year that tradition was broken.

Wow. I'm a bummer in this thread.

We never opened any presents until Christmas morning. I don't know that it ever became a tradition, but for some of the really big gifts, it was made into a treasure hunt sort of thing. They'd give you riddles you had to solve in order to find the next clue with the present hidden in the last location.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Ours have changed since my folks moved south..

Prior, DH & I would open our gifts to each other Xmas Eve (as would my folks, and my brothers & families), then everybody would meet up Xmas morning at the folks house for the family gift opening. One person at a time, from oldest to youngest one year and the opposite the next. Took HOURS... We would start with a large brunch, and then lunch & dinner would be foraged throughout the day from an assortment of food.

Nowadays, we still open our gifts Xmas Eve and on Xmas Day we host a "stray party"- my oldest brother and family usually come, my best friend and his son, and odds & ends of other family friends with no other plans. We eat, drink and play stupid Wii games all day long. Very stress free, and always a good time.
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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For the longest time, our family would get together at my aunt's house x-mas eve, eat lots of finger foods, open a couple of presents each. Then Xmas morning was spent at home, opening gifts then breakfast- eggs, peameal bacon, toast and homefries. Then we all would get ready and go to my grandparents, or one of our houses when my grandparents got older.
In the past 2 yrs our family has been torn apart. Now my mom, brothers and I still get together at my mom's house and open gifts and eat breakfast and then my one aunt and her 2 kids come over for dinner and presents. It is different, but we make the best of it. The aunt and uncle are out of our lives for the best- they turned out to be evil and greedy and mean and crazy.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Christmas Eve it varies where I am but Christmas Day we do at my house and we open presents after dinner lawl also its a big tradition for me to put up a tree at my fathers and my house decorating outside.


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