What christmas tradition do you hold most dear?

@asyria51 (2870)
United States
November 5, 2010 6:23pm CST
For me it is the tradition of putting up the tree. I still help at my mom's house. She puts up a snowman tree over Thanksgiving weekend. I love looking at all the beautiful ornaments. We then play I Spy with the ornaments. At my own house, my husband and I have our ornaments from when we were kids. We hang the lights and garland together. We then turn out the house lights and just sit wrapped in a blanket and look at the lit tree. What is your favorite holiday tradtions?
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@angel107 (311)
• Germany
6 Nov 10
I love eating with my family together when the clock strikes 12MN. That is a tradition in the Philippines called Noche Buena. How I miss it:-(
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
7 Nov 10
Noche Buena would translate to Good Night in Spanish. My parents always tried to have us in bed by midnight so that they could get the presents under the tree from Santa and still get some sleep before we undoubtedly woke them up early.
@angel107 (311)
• Germany
7 Nov 10
I would say it is the name of the tradition of getting together after Midnight (December 25) to commemorate the coming of Jesus:-) Buenas Noches would be good night.
@angel107 (311)
• Germany
7 Nov 10
***the coming or better yet the birth of Jesus.
@oldchem1 (8144)
6 Nov 10
I love everything about Christmas! My 'traditions'changed a lot as my children grew up and I moved away. I always remember when my three eldest daughters were young and I was following my 'normal tradition'of Christmas Eve - where myself and my youngest daughter would cook and prepare all the foods - my middle daughter said that it was 'tradition' that she sat and watched Christmas films!! I love al;l the preparation for Christmas especially decorating the house and tree.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
6 Nov 10
I like almost everything. I really do not like to cook. I guess it is a good thing that my mother in law will be here to do the cooking for me. Two years ago, when they came for the first time, they did all the cooking because I had a three week old. I could get used to everyone else cooking as a tradition.
@oldchem1 (8144)
6 Nov 10
Now I go to my daughter's house for Christmas- but guess who cooks!!!!
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
7 Nov 10
mom always cooks best, unless it is my mom. I apparently inherited her lack of cooking ability. I really think part of the reason that i do not cook is the fact that my husband is so picky. He does not like to try new things, so we continually have the same thing over and over and over...there is never anything new.
• Philippines
10 Nov 10
Being with family and loved ones. In our big close-knit extended family with brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and cousins from different parts of the country and the world we would always have big family reunions at Christmas with lots of food and lots of stories. When I was a child I found it a hassle to have to dress up for relatives I rarely see or barely know. I've realized the value of the exercise as I grew up though - even if we've led our own separate lives, family (even the big, noisy ones) is always a warm, safe place you'd feel happy to go home to on Christmas :-)
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
10 Nov 10
I no longer really see the extended family at christmas, because we need to accomodate my husbands parents due to their being 3000 miles away, and their work schedules. THey both get time off at christmas due to being in the schools. So that is one of the only times during the year that we all have off at the same time.
7 Nov 10
christmas is such an important time of the year, especcially now as i have a son. i cannot wait for this christmas, as it will be his first. the most important tradition would be either taking the children to see santa, writing letters to santa or putting the tree up. decorating the home is a great thing for a family to do. also it makes the home feel warmer and the children all love the decorations etc. i love seeing how other people decorate their homes aswell.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
7 Nov 10
This is the first that my child will really appreciate and the first that will be at home. I am trying to lay down the traditions now, while she is still too little to remember all the flubs. I do have a plate decorated with a note to santa on it to give santa cookies on. My daughter is still too young to really write, and doesnt really know what she wants, so it is a little easier this year. Next, year I think will be a bit more difficult.
6 Nov 10
We here in the we go to church we attend midnight mass that will start in dec 16 up to midnight of 24 that is x-mas eve then after that my family set for dinner and come to many relative then we change gift. That is the x-mas espirits to us
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
7 Nov 10
On x-mas eve we go and watch the living nativity. Currently that is about as religious as my husband and I are. The church that we belong to does not have a local church, and we would have to drive over an hour to get the closest one. With the price of gas we cannot afford it.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
6 Nov 10
My parents got divorced when I was very young, so I had different traditions at each house. At my dads house we opened one present on Christmas Eve, which I thought was pretty cool. My mom and I had a lot more traditions. Some of which I carried onto my children. We also put our tree up right after Thanksgiving. We also did the advent calendar every year (I preferred the chocolate ones, which are so hard to find now) One thing I remember most, is that every Christmas Eve, we would read The Night Before Christmas to everyone. I would stand up on the mantle of the fireplace and read the story and show the pictures to my younger cousins.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
6 Nov 10
my parents always gave us one gift from them on Christmas eve. We would also open presents from out of state that had arrived from Aunts and Uncles. Then we would go to the Children's Mass at our church. There was a pagent and for years I was in the Angel Choir. We then went to my Uncle Russ's where Santa would visit and drop off a bag of gifts. We would eat desserts and play games.
6 Nov 10
I enjoy spending the day opening presents and then spending the day with my parents. The things enjoy doing the most are putting up the tree with my wife and us and our kids decorating it aswell as spending the day with my parents.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
6 Nov 10
My in-laws will be visiting. They have the tradition of drinking Mimosas and making a toast first thing in the morning. They want us to make our own traditions, but it is difficult because we are either at their house on Christmas Day, down in Phoenix, or they come up here to Illinois.
@imphavok (320)
• Canada
5 Nov 10
We don't celebrate Christmas, but we celebrate the Winter Solstice which is somehwat similar. As the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year we spend the entire night up waiting through the darkness till the sun comes up. When morning finally comes we go out in the yard and give thanks for its return. This helps us connect to our ancestors and think about what life must of been like before we had electricity and all this modern stuff.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
6 Nov 10
This sounds really neat. I know that much of what is now christmas comes from many different cultures backgrounds.