Family Christmas Traditions

The famous Ugly Christmas Sweater party thrown by me (left) and the little sister. Sidenote: I wear this red sweater on a daily basis around town during the holiday season. (Sweaters provided by Mom. The green one has wooden velcro stockings with the family members’ names. Classic!)

’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)
One year, the family was in Austria and Italy for Christmas. We tried our best to carry on the traditions abroad! (This is my favorite family photo, by the way. Captures us to a T.)
  • 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)
The three sisters posed for a Christmas photo in our younger years. Guess which one is me? (My little sister calls this my sassy look.)
  • 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

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