’Tis the season! I love Christmas. I love the weeks leading up to it. I love Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My family has a list of traditions, some that make sense, some that might make you think I’m Italian when there’s not a drop of Venice running through my veins (see #4).
Here’s a list of some of my family Christmas traditions through the years. What are some of yours?
- Matching sister PJs (opened and worn on Christmas Eve!)
- Family presents on Christmas Eve; Santa presents on Christmas Day (stockings after presents!)
- Kris Kringle (family secretive gift-giving with things around the house, starting on Dec. 1 and going through Christmas Eve when we guess and reveal our Kris Kringles!)
- Lasagna dinner on Christmas Eve; Spaghetti on Christmas Day
- Watching Christmas movies Christmas Eve and Day (Home Alone, A Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, Miracle on 34th Street, The Grinch… and occasionally Elf)
- Dad makes waffles on Christmas Day
- Overdecorate as much as possible (we had 7 Christmas trees—all artificial because my parents are allergic to the real deal)
- Ugly Christmas Sweater and White Elephant Party (Mom had enough ugly sweaters to provide for all invitees not donning the holiday spirit)
- Setting up the handmade manger scene
- Christmas music non-stop starting the day after Thanksgiving
- Gingerbread houses using graham crackers, frosting and old candy leftover from Easter and Halloween
- Gift giving through the Angel Tree at church