Anyone have any holiday traditions they feel like sharing? Now that Raymond's really getting into holidays I'd love to know what special things other families do.
We only have a few little things. We have an advent calendar like one my mom made. It's a cloth hanging with a green Christmas tree shape covered with 24 buttons. there are 24 pockets underneath each holding a mini ornament. Each day one of the kids gets to add an ornament to the tree. Last is a star on Christmas Eve. (the basic idea is like this: http://www.vermontchristmasco.com/product/1244/fabric-advent-calendars except ours is prettier. ;))
I also started putting together little picture frame ornaments for the kids every year. It's really cool when decorating the tree to see the change from last year. Raymond is on his 5th ornament so we have a really cool progression.
We'll spend Christmas with my family and Christmas Eve I'll make my annual trip to church with them. I'm agnostic, but I grew up going to church, and the evening service is part of the holiday for me.
On Christmas we open stockings all together in PJs then all get dressed, have breakfast, then open presents one at a time. Not one per person at a time, Literally one at a time. It takes hours. One year we were still going at 4pm! When the presents are done we have some kind of fancy dinner.
DH's family is kind of Jewish and now that we live close to the ILs I hope they'll teach Raymond a bit about Hanukkah.
I'm getting excited. Still have a ton to get done, though!