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Holiday Traditions
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NecaAndHudsyMom 11-20-2006 02:17 AM

Holiday Traditions in My Family
At this time of year it is awesome how we all have our own family traditions.

Months ahead of time my family saves milk containers. You know, the large white ones that are kind of transluscent. Then a few days before Christmas Eve we sit around our fireplace cutting the milk jugs to make them into luminaries. The kids have a blast filling each of them with either kitty litter or sand and then votive candles. We play christmas carols or watch christmas movies while we're doing this.

The night of Christmas Eve just as it starts to get dark, we set out our 50 or so luminaries along the driveway and sidewalk and light all the votive candles. Its so pretty. What I really love is that we do all this, then we head off to church around 7:30 and the luminaries are all still lit when we get home.....its really quite beautiful!

Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON!!!

NecaAndHudsyMom 11-20-2006 02:26 AM

Cookies & Milk for "you-know-who"
My family just loves this time of year, from the trimming of the Christmas Tree to the final goodbye when Christmas Day is over and all our guests are heading home. But, my favorite tradition with my two little ones is the "cookies & milk" display for You-know-who

My oldest sister, when my daughter was born, bought her a beautiful plate that is all covered with snow and christmas decorations and in the middle it says "cookies & milk just for you Santa".

We also have a special milk glass just for Santa that we put out with his special plate. Also on the plate the kids one year decided that we needed to put out a little granola for the reindeer, just enough to tide them over til they got back home to the North Pole.

So, on Christmas Eve, just before the kids are ready to go to bed, we make sure that Santa's special plate and glass are set out by the fireplace for him to find with his milk & cookies and of course, let's not forget the granola for the reindeer........

Isn't Christmas a wonderful holiday for traditions!!!!

Don't forget, Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON!

NecaAndHudsyMom 11-20-2006 02:31 AM

Christmas Carols by the Piano
If I remember any holiday tradition at all from my childhood its got to be my family all gathered around our player piano and singing Christmas Carols. None of us (myself and my three sisters) had "formal" piano lessons but we all were quite fluent in reading music from being in choirs and of course band (we all played French Horn) so we kind of taught ourselves to play the piano (not hard to do, but of course none of us are Liberace's either he he he). My oldest sister would always play (she played better than any of the rest of us) and the rest of us would sing for the enjoyment of our parents and their guests. Most times everyone would join in, it was great! I just remember how wonderful it was to sing such beautiful songs, watch the snow fall outside, be with people we loved and who loved us.

Isn't Christmas a wonderful time of year for family traditions and special memories!

Remember, Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON!

NecaAndHudsyMom 11-20-2006 02:44 AM

Christmas Cookies
Oh my goodness if anyone has any traditions, they're probably about making Christmas cookies. When my Mom was still alive my sisters, the ones that lived in state, would go to my Mom's house and we'd all have a blast making all our family favorites. We'd be singing along to old 33-1/3 albums of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and other Christmas Albums while making a huge mess in the kitchen. Some of our favorite cookies were nut horns, spritzes, chocolate chip, bow ties with powdered sugar, sugar cookies, pie cookies, thumbprints and others. It was great how for a few hours we all got along and had a great time making something that tasted so good! I miss those days and my Mom dearly!

Fortunately, I have two wonderful children and I can recreate those memories with them......makes me cry every year when we make cookies just like my Mom and sisters used to, but even amongst the tears the good times & memories make me smile.

Isn't it wonderful how a holiday can bring a family together, even if it is for just one day!


Remember, JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!

NecaAndHudsyMom 11-20-2006 02:51 AM

Christmas Carolling
When I was a kid growing up one of the most treasured memories I have is of my family heading out into the cold to go Christmas Carolling. My Mom would bundle us up like "nanook of the north" and we'd go around the neighborhood singing to all the families. We froze our behinds off, but we had a blast trudging through the snow and singing at people's doors while they stood there and listened to us sing jingle bells, frosty the snowman, silent night, oh holy night and other beloved christmas songs. I can't wait til my two little ones are old enough to go out Christmas carolling. As a matter of fact, my daughter, Neca, who's 7 year this, is in Girl Scouts (I'm the co-leader) and our troop is going to our local Masonic Temple to sing Christmas Carols for the residents. I know its going to flood my mind with memories of yester-years but also make some new traditions that my family can share with each other. I can't wait!


Remember, JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!

sneddy29 11-20-2006 07:10 AM

In order to cut out the arguing and ripping open of Christmas presents, we instituted a tradition a few years ago with much success.
On Christmas Eve, each present under the tree gets numbered. Then the numbers get written down on a piece of paper, cut up and thrown into a bowl.
The youngest child picks out a number, finds the present that is numbered the same and gives it to the person who it belongs to. That person gets to open the gift. Then that person picks a number, and so on, until all the gifts have been opened.

cannycat 11-20-2006 07:12 AM

holiday traditions
We always make Raleigh Tavern Gingerbread cookies for Christmas. My family lived near Williamsburg, VA when I was young and we got their recipe. Since then we have made them every year for Christmas. My daughter was upset the one year we couldn't make them for Christmas because I was sick so we had to make them for New Year's that year. My husband's co-workers look forward to getting tins of them every year too.
Another tradition is that the ornaments on the tree are either hand made or have been recieved as gifts and we always make a few new ones every year.

coolmomkg 11-20-2006 07:33 AM

every christmas eve, because there is so much commercialism in christmas, and we all tend to forget the real meaning of it, we bake a birthday cake for baby Jesus.. not just any cake, but of course, an "angel food" cake..the kids help bake it, and we all sing happy birthday to really helps us all to remember the true meaning of Christmas

darcyann1966 11-20-2006 08:07 AM

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Our holidays are wonderful.
the whole family gets together Christmas neve read christmas stories to the children our male dog nobie we put a santa suit and beard on we put little santa hats on the other dogs and cats. We read a few stories and then we have a moment of silence for our loved ones who are not with us.We have a table that is set for those that are no longer with us and we light candles and on the table we have their pics

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