Christmas is a work/school day where I am, so the only thing we open on that morning is stockings and Santa gifts (although none of these are wrapped so it's less opening and more just receiving).
We have our Christmas dinner and turkey with the inlaws on the Sunday before Christmas. Then on Christmas Eve we open all other presents while video chatting with my parents and brother. In the evening we get together with some other international families for a big dinner, it really feels like a big extended family Christmas, and it's nice for all of us.
We too celebrate Ukrainian Christmas, although we are not Ukrainian by any stretch! Just a prairie thing I think. Big Ukrainian feast on Jan. 6 with braided bread, cabbage rolls, borscht, perogies, and kielbasa.
All this talk of Ukrainian food is making me hungry!
I am on perogy (and perogy toppings) duty tomorrow. My mom already made the cabbage rolls. And I am baking up some sausage rolls using some elk sausage that my mom's SO provided for the family. (The years where the hunting goes well are always so much tastier!)
I want them! I had no idea of such a thing as a Ukrainian Christmas~is it just the food part that makes it different?
I'm of Polish and Lithuanian descent and we eat a lot of pierogies and kielbasa etc
I think it's the date- Orthodox Christians celebrate later due to the Gregorian calendar. And who wouldn't want to eat all that food? For us it's just a family get-together day with no presents, so a little less commercial.
We celebrate Christmas with my ILs on Christmas Eve, so we open presents from them at their house that day. Then one tradition we started a few years ago was having pjs for them to open at our house after our church's Christmas Eve service, and then they wear them to bed that night. The rest of the presents from us are wrapped and under the tree before Christmas Eve, but they don't open anything else until Christmas morning. The stuff from Santa isn't wrapped, although I do use special tags on those things. We head to my parents around 10:30 or so in the morning and then open presents at their house.
Carolyn - 37
Wife to Chad - 39
Mom to Tom - 15
Nathan - 10
Someone I know just told me that she is 34 and her dad still buys her a present from Santa. She has her own kids and he still does it. I think that's adorable.
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My in laws live about 90 minutes away ~ they came down this past week and stayed for 2 days, we do some christmasy things like garden/light tours and museums and the kids get their gifts from them during that visit. We had our extended family party (my side, with all of my cousins and aunts/uncles) on Sat night. We do a pig roast/roast pork with long hots, roasted peppers, provolone etc and pasta. Last night we celebrated our seven fish dinner (though we cheated and had 9 this year) with my immediate family ~ the cousins exchanged gifts ~ with 6 kids 5 and under that is a wild scene. They also get the annual gift of pajamas/slippers from their grandparents. Tonight we go to my brothers where "santa" visits and brings each child a book, which we read when we come home after driving around and admiring the lights/luminaries. We set out the cookies, throw out the reindeer food, read, and once the kids are asleep my husband and I usually have king crab and a filet, then set out the gifts and stuff the stockings. The presents are already all wrapped, so its an easy process. They each get 3 gifts from santa, which they open in the morning, then do their stockings. Tomorrow we host my parents and sister and BIL in the the AM, they open their presents from their grandparents then. We spend the afternoon/evening at my BIL/SIL's, and exchange gifts with those cousins then. Its a nice mix as they get to see both sides of the family in one day.
Laurie I'm so sorry that your mom is so sick and hope that she heals quickly and that if she is in pain that it is managed well.
Early December we have a family party with my Stepdad's family. It is always a good time - chili dinner, silly games, and a white elephant gift exchange. Late December we have a family get together at my Grandma's. Very casual thing - we order pizza, Grandma & Grandpa give gifts to kids/grandkids/great-grandkids and we give to them. Christmas Eve hubby and I take the kids to his parents' house. MIL cooks a nice dinner and we exchange gifts. Christmas morning the kids open the gifts from Santa and from us (we usually buy them 1 or 2 presents a piece, the rest from Santa) and then we head to my Mom's for breakfast. More exchanging gifts there. Then back to my inlaws for a big lunch and gift exchange with the extended family.
After all that we're ready to crash! I love buying for others but sometimes the pressure can be overwhelming. I'd be content with just getting together, eating, and enjoying each other's company.
Margaret, it's funny, your holiday and mine sound almost the same!! We do the jammies the night before and then put out presents
We don't really have many good hard traditions we do every year. I miss my family, but my mom is coming on Saturday.
As far as anything ethnic, we do nothing really cool like most of you! The only thing I can't do without is tom's family's portuguese stuffing with the churico and linguisa in it. (mmmmmmm.....) Most of the other portuguese christmas stuff is hardcore catholic, and we just don't go for that. (although the idea of midnight christmas mass always sounds beautiful and festive to me)