How do you celebrate Christmas morning?

@1creekgirl (10313)
United States
December 14, 2017 7:57pm CST
I know we all have different ways to celebrate Christmas. There are as many different customs as there are myLotters Here in rural NC, USA, our family has our big meal on Christmas Eve. We have Christmas music playing and lots of pretty candles lit. Usually all the kids and grandkids are here, although as everyone grows up, that tends to change each year. Our oldest granddaughter will be in NJ this year with her future inlaws. Our oldest grandson lives in Maine now and may or may not get here for the holiday. But we plan on having our daughter and her husband and son, plus our son and his son. So, as we've done for almost 50 years, we'll enjoy our feast, talk and laugh, tell family stories to the little ones, then get to bed so Santa can come. Next morning, we'll have sausage biscuits and coffee, then gather in the living room, each person sitting in the same place every Christmas morning. The little kids hand out all the gifts from under the tree, then (most years) my husband or I read the Christmas story in the Bible. Instead of everyone opening gifts at the same time, we take turns and we all get to see what everyone got. It takes a while, but it's fun that way! Afterwards, we heat up left overs from our feast the previous night. Later in the afternoon, all the kids head home and my husband and I head for a nap. How do you celebrate Christmas?
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@BelleStarr (38214)
• United States
15 Dec
We go to church Christmas eve early, 4 p.m. then my daughter, her husband and their 5 children come over and we have snacks and open gifts. When they leave I like to watch A Christmas Carol. On Christmas morning I go into high gear for Christmas lunch when my son and his family and my daughter and her family and a few others come over for lunch. By 5 pm everyone is usually gone and my husband and I just relax and watch It's a Wonderful Life. We are also having a family Christmas on the 23rd with all of our children at my eldest son's house. We do a Yankee swap and exchange gifts with that son and his family. We eat, laugh and have a great time.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
Wow, that sounds wonderfully tiring! Enjoy your family.
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• United States
15 Dec
Christmas celebrations start around mid day for us when all my kids and their families arrive. We start with appetizers work our way to a buffet type meal and then we open presents. We do the same as you one person st a time. It takes awhile and gives everyone time to make room for dessert. We usually play a grab bag game with the grandkids with silly prizes in addition to their regular gifts. By the time evening arrives and everyone leaves I'm usually ready to put my feet up and relax
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
That sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate.
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15 Dec
It's a normal morning.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
Do you celebrate Christmas at all?
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18 Dec
@1creekgirl Yeah, by night. In a big table with a lof of good foods, haha.
@Alian123 (428)
15 Dec
Well here in the Philippines we celebrate Christmas together with love ones. In the morning we all go to church and after that we will head home and help each other prepare for noche buena. And when the night comes every family member, relatives, and friends will gather around the house to eat. The presence of everyone is a must. And after that everyone will go to their own homes while others stay for the night, cause you know, there's no greater than free food
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
A great time with family and good food!
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@rina110383 (24135)
15 Dec
Stay home, eat and spend more time with my parents.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
That sounds like a good thing.
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@LadyDuck (157033)
• Switzerland
15 Dec
We have a light dinner with the family the Christmas Eve and we stay together to go to the midnight Mass. The Christmas morning we have coffee and Panettone, a sweet bread we eat for Christmas. At noon there is the Christmas lunch, usually our family, some aunts and uncles who live alone. It is a slow lunch that last for a couple of hours. After the lunch the gifts are opened.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
I'm sure you all enjoy that.
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@LadyDuck (157033)
• Switzerland
16 Dec
@1creekgirl Yes we did, now we live in different countries, many are no more, it's not the same.
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@Courtlynn (66089)
• United States
15 Dec
We dont do anything on christmas eve, but we used to open one gift each before bed when we were growing up. Christmas morning we have breakfast and open gifts. One each at same time. Til last gift is open.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
Hope your Christmas will be wonderful, Courtney!
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@Courtlynn (66089)
• United States
15 Dec
@1creekgirl thank you.
• Jacksonville, Florida
16 Dec
Christmas eve we have a chicken dinner or appetizers. Then we read to the kids while Christmas music plays quietly in the background. We put the cookies and milk out for Santa and the kids go to bed early. Christmas morning when the kids get up they open their presents, they open one at a time so they are each opening something and they hold it up for a picture of course. =) Then we have breakfast together. After breakfast we read the Christmas story in the Bible too. After that the kids can play with their new things they got.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
16 Dec
Sounds like a perfect Christmas morning, lots of good memories for your family.
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@Dena91 (4212)
• United States
15 Dec
We have our big family dinner and gift exchange on Christmas eve. On Christmas morning Mike and I go to church then back over to his parents to spend the day with them, when it is quieter.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
That's a wonderful way to spend Christmas.
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@TRBRocks420 (77406)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Dec
When my Grandma Mary was alive she always had her dinner on Christmas eve too, now we just open presents Christmas morning then eat.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
15 Dec
Being together with family is what's important.
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@thelme55 (14571)
• Germany
17 Dec
On the Christmas Eve, we eat our dinner at home. Hubby, our son and I enjoy the dinner together, after that, giving our gifts to each other. Then we go to an evening mass which is usually on the 10th in that evening. On the Christmas Day, either we go to a friend or relatives or we will be having a visitor.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
17 Dec
You have a nice way to celebrate!
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@thelme55 (14571)
• Germany
17 Dec
@1creekgirl yes. Thank you.
@YrNemo (12657)
16 Dec
We often spend our Christmas Eve preparing the special food for the next day, then Midnight mass. The next day, after the kids finish with their gifts, we head out to some family gathering and spend that whole day chatting, eating, etc.
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
16 Dec
That's a great way to make lasting memories.
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@YrNemo (12657)
17 Dec
• United States
19 Dec
Now that I am an adult and much of the family is dispersed, some are not even with us anymore physically, the traditions have fallen to the wayside and mom and I just celebrate, alone . . .
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
19 Dec
I'm glad you and your mom have each other.
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• United States
19 Dec
@1creekgirl I am too but I sure do miss my youngest brother, my birth dad and my step dad who should be here but are not . . . we are STILL including them in the festivities even if they are not present to see it . . .
@dgobucks226 (12105)
17 Dec
I usually treat myself to a nice breakfast. Later in the day I spend time with family. I like how you spend your time on Christmas eve and Christmas!
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@1creekgirl (10313)
• United States
17 Dec
It's worked well for many years. A couple of times we had to change it up a bit, but the important thing is to be together, however that works out.
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@dgobucks226 (12105)
19 Dec
@1creekgirl Yes, family celebrating Christmas and Christ's birth is priceless!