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    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/pr...vent-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!
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    Our holiday is fun but fairly simple I think we're still working on what our own family traditions will be. I love to decorate We get a real tree and that gets all our good decorations. We hang lights outside - nothing crazy we're not the crazy people just white lights across the front porch and on some of the bushes. DH wants to add a wreath this year between our windows which would be pretty.

    We hang stockings down our staircase and all the dogs, the cats DH and the boys all have their own It's cute, a little crazy but cute.

    We put a smaller fake tree in the back of the house with just glass ornaments nothing super special but it adds a little spirit to the back of the house too.

    Christmas Eve is always at my aunt's house and we do family gifts there. The boys will be hopelessly spoiled my family is already out of control. But they are the only kids in my family so basically Christmas Eve is all about them though we all do buy for each other (DH's family has so many kids the adults don't buy for each other). Then Christmas Day we get up and do ours (and "santa's" -- we'll do Santa here) gifts to the boys and our gifts to each other -- this year we bought a new flat screen TV so there won't be much for each other. DH makes a big yummy breakfast and we just hang out. Then around 5-6 my family comes over and we have dinner here Christmas Day so the kids don't have to leave.

    Typically the weekend before Christmas we go to DH's parent's for their family tree trimming party. They get pizza and snacks and all the kids (there are now 11 grand kids and 1 great grand kid) all come over and decorate his parent's tree. Whether we go this year will depend on if everyone is healthy. With so many kids a few tend to have colds or whatever and we won't bring the baby if there are a few sick kids - it's easier for our kids to miss it since they are younger vs the older kids who look forward to it missing it ya know? We give our gifts to all the kids there so they get it early (vs Christmas Day which is when DH's family all exchange) and they give Rory and Evan their gifts. It's a nice day. And DH's parents give all the kids Christmas PJs to wear on Christmas Eve it's very cute all the kids look forward to getting their new PJs -- even the "kids" who are 20+ LOL

    We are not religious so none of our traditions really revolve around church or god.....I'm happy with it being a holiday about family and tradition and fun though
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    We decorate the house with blue lights and a fake wreath on the outside (everything pine is fake since DH & BIL are allergic). I wrap the railing in that sparkly garland and hang cards above the stairs to the basement.

    We've made it a tradition to invite DH's family over on the first free weekend in December to decorate our tree and have dinner. For the tree we buy the girls each an ornament of their choice, this is so that when they get older they have some ornaments of their own.

    Thankfully all family is near by, we visit my mom's side of the family at my grandparents house on Christmas eve it's a huge ordeal with dinner, games and gifts, lots of fun. We have a quite morning Christmas day just us and the girls in our PJ's we start with breakfast and then open presents. We host dinner with DH's family it varies from year to year depending on BIL's plans with his other half of the family, we either have it on the eve of Christmas day or Boxing Day (the day after Christmas), it's dinner with family and presents. I think I might set up some games this year to keep the kids entertained.

    We also are not a religious family and the holiday represents celebrating family and tradition.


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    We just do simple things like baking cookies and decorating the house and whatnot. We're not all religious about it either, don't ever really go to church. DH's parents do and I think DH was probably raised going to church, but I never really was. We would go with the extended family on rare occasion for special events like Christmas or Easter, but that's about it.

    I'd like to start making more of our own traditions for Christmas Eve/Day, but it's soooo hard with my work schedule. Last year, for example, I had to work until 10pm on Christmas Eve, then be back to work at 8am on the 26th. So I got Christmas Day off, but that was it... And with all the driving we have to do to see anyone in our family, it just zaps the fun out of it.

    This year is great... I get off the 23rd-26th. When I actually get both the Eve and the Day off, we go to visit my family for the Eve, because that's when all my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. all get together, and I LOOOOVE being able to see them all. I'm sure it will be a bit sad this year without my grandpa, though.

    Then usually when I have Christmas Day off, we'll get up early, open presents here, then go to visit DH's family. This year, they suggested coming here, and I am soooooooo excited about that. We're going to cook a ham and some other stuff and have both his parents and mine come. I'm so excited about getting to sit here and enjoy the day with my boys, rather than spending 4 hours in the van driving. Aaaahhhh!

    I think as the boys will get older, I'll develop more traditions like making ornaments and stuff. Now I sorta wish I had been doing this all along. Making a little ornament each year with Sean and now Calvin, so I'd have one from each year. I guess I could just start now.

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    Mary - you should totally do ornaments. Last year I just had the two first Christmas ones for the boys then went back and filled in the gaps with some blank ornaments (I wrote the year with a silver Sharpie) and old photos.

    I'm surprised how many people have Christmas Eve celebrations! We never really did much on Christmas Eve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pico83 View Post
    I'm surprised how many people have Christmas Eve celebrations! We never really did much on Christmas Eve.
    I'm so glad that's the way my family does it, because DH's family really doesn't do much for Christmas Eve, so that day is pretty much always devoted to my family. We've done it that way for years and years, then most of us would usually spend Christmas day with our own immediate families. My grandma would always cook a big dinner on Christmas day, but it was more of a "come on your own time and visit" sorta thing, not like everyone showing up at the same time together.


    I'll definitely have to start on some ornaments. I'm a sentimental fool and will need those little memories from when my babies were young.

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    This year is the first year we're spending Christmas at home. I am SO excited! Last year we had to travel 3 hours up north, then go back and forth between my parents and DH's parents (who live 10 mins apart) and after 4-5 days of that we were miserable. We hated every second of Christmas last year, not even opening presents was fun because we got Christmas Eve and early morning at DH's parents, but were supposed to be at my parents by 10 am. But then everyone was dragging their feet and no one wanted to wake up, then oh we have to have breakfast... And all of the sudden my family was getting pushed out and they were getting p!ssed off because they were all sitting there waiting for us, so by the time we arrived they'd already done all their gifts and it was just our stuff left and they were all upset. But DH's family was all upset because they felt like we were rushing them. It was just SO unfair to us and I just wanted to cry the entire day. Never ever EVER again will I allow that to happen. My children will never experience that kind of stress, it's just not what the holiday is about! So we put our foot down and said we're done, we're staying home. If anyone wants to visit us, that's fine, but we're not leaving our house. We already have to travel up there two other weekends of our "family Christmas" parties (which are huge, like 30+ people). Anyhoo, so I'm excited about that.

    I've been making an ornament for Xander every year, except his first Christmas... He was only 2 months old and I was still too sleep deprived to even think about it. BUT his first binkie is on the tree, plus a store-bought ornament with his picture, so good enough. Last year I did a hand print thing and I'm not sure what I'll do this year. We also made a wreathe out of his traced hand prints on colored construction paper, and that turned out SO cool that I think I'll make one for every year until he's 5 or 7... I have traced his hand every 3-6 months since he was born, so I think I'll go back and make a wreathe for his first and second Christmases just so I can hang them all together in a row to see the size difference.

    We're trying to teach Xander who Santa is,but he doesn't quite get it. He probably just won't this year, and that's okay. We'll still put out milk and cookies and maybe a carrot.


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    OMG, Lauren - Your Christmas nightmare sounds exactly like it came out of my life. I'm SO glad we're staying home this year for the first time too. Yay!

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    Christmas Eve started in my family I think b/c my cousin went with her father's family on Christmas Day after opening gifts at home and my sister and I never wanted to leave our house - toys etc. So it just evolved that family dinner/gift exchange happened on the 24th and then the 25th we mostly stayed home.

    Pre kids we'd spend christmas eve with my family then drive on the 25th to DH's parent's house for a few hours. It always killed the holiday for me. My sister is in that boat now -- they travel 3+ hours to my family on the 24th then get up on the 25th and travel 3+ hours to Boston to his family. I wouldn't be up for that but she's doing it again this year
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    I am happy that the family I do visit on Christmas lives near by, 20 minutes to my parents is the longest drive, we do that every other weekend for dinner . We do go to my aunt and uncle's on new years day which is 45 minutes away but its all pretty casual so it's not a big deal. I am very happy that my family is near cause I would hate to have to say no about driving.


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