What are some of your family Christmas Traditions???

@coolcatzz (1588)
Canada
December 11, 2006 8:44am CST
I would love to hear some of the traditions you all share as a family. I find Christmas' so different now because my children (boy 18 girl 10) have to be shared between my ex and I. So I have them Christmas Eve and Christmas morning and then they go to his place for dinner and for a few days. I find it such a lonely time. I don't know what to do with myself. I miss the old days when my ex and I were together and we spent the holidays with his family.
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@momto2b2g (217)
• United States
11 Dec 06
The only Christmas tradition we had as a kid was that we got m&m's for Christmas every year. My kid's grandpa still gives those every year to all the grandkids. I started one of my own tho. Every year I buy each of my kids a new ornament for the tree. I put their initial on it and the year. They like to see what ornament they get each year.
@coolcatzz (1588)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
Visiting Santa for the first time - My great nephew with Santa
Actually I have done that for my daughter ever since she was born. I always buy her a dated ornament. I don't get it engraved though. Some years I may have bought 2 but they are always dated. I figure someday when she gets married and moves out she'll have a box of christmas ornaments to get her started. Funny we still stand around the tree and talk about each ornament and how we remember it.
• United States
12 Dec 06
Christmas is family - Christmas is family
I'm sorry, but I understand. I have a step daughter and the 1st yr she spent in my house was the same arrangement. Here in the morning and then with Bio Mom in the afternoon. I got so depressed after she left, it ruined my whole Christmas. So to combat that feeling of loneliness now, I either have family over for dinner to keep myself occupied or I plan for a party over New Years. Anything so that I am not sitting staring at an empty house with twinkling lights. Christmas is about family & togetherness, I need them around me.
@pinkypop (664)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
How sad .... spending Christmas alone without your BF by your side. You know what, try and find another guy in your life. Even if just a friend only ... a companion. Just be sure he will like and love your children also. Christmas traditions in my country is simple we just hear midnight masses for 9 nights and if you completed it...a wish that you are asking will be granted. Then after the mass, family and friends eats rice cakes (puto bumbong and bibingka) and / or after the Christmas Eve mass, the family eats together in what we call as "Notche Buena".
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@jmp824 (741)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
The most important traditions that was handed to us generations after generations is the going to church at early mornings for 9 days/mornings. The going to church will start on the 16th of december and will end on the 24th with an evening mass.They say that once you've completed the 9 days indulgence you will receive a blessing. I spent christmas with my family, and now with my hubby and kids. We ate together our Noche Buenas, exchange gifts/ gift giving, and of course to celebration wont be complete without the fireworks display.. So thats it. But for me, everyday is Christmas, its not the celebration or the gift giving that counts, its the feeling that matters most.
• United States
12 Dec 06
an old tradition of ours growin up was christmas eve we went to the church service and then we'd come home and esat pizza and pop and watch christmas movies i love it and i do it now with my children this year we are tryin somethin new my whole family won't get together until about a week after christmas and instead of gifts we are all gonna make a dessert and then pull numers and exchange them abd then we will share them on this day also so my aunt doesn't have to make 2 big christmas dinners we will exchange brown ag lunches the kids will exchang with each other and so forth the kids will get presents to take home of course cause they enjoy that and i will have an actual christmas dinner at my aunts on christmas day i am soo excited
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• United States
11 Dec 06
I feel for you, I do. It must be hard to be seperated from those you care about most, especially during Christmas. In my family, on Christmas Eve, we all watch "How the Grinch stole Christmas"; the original version, of course. =)
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@patgalca (14410)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Dec 06
I feel for you, CC. I know it is difficult for you but at least you get the best part - the Christmas morning experience. That is the best when it comes to kids. We started a Christmas tradition a couple of years ago. We go to 6pm mass, go home and get changed for a walk through "Christmas in the Park". When we get home we give the kids a Christmas Eve box so that we don't get the "Can we open just ONE present? PLEEEEZE?" The box has new pj's, a dvd, books, socks, pop and chips. Last year I made them go on a hunt for it with clues, which I am doing again this year. My kids are going to be really surprised this year because they know we have no money but how can you not buy your kids Christmas presents? Thank you MasterCard!
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• Philippines
12 Dec 06
giving some gift to each other we go all together to the church.
• Romania
12 Dec 06
Me and my familly get toghether for xmas we eat only homemade food and cakes everything it s made by my mother and me.We always spent the winter holidays toghether and sometimes with our relatives. I wish to all of you MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
12 Dec 06
i am in the same boat and i miss the old days too, i have the children in the morning until 2 in the afternoon than they go to there dads at 2 until 9. I still have christmas dinner with my family but it is not the same without my children there
@yorb24 (2181)
• United States
12 Dec 06
Our tradition is we open up gifts on Christmas eve rather than Christmas day. It's something I did when I was a little kid and it just stuck. It's because as a child I couldn't wait until christmas morning to open my gifts lol.
• India
12 Dec 06
christmas traditions is to make neures and kulkuls this is we prepare.. once we start doing this it means christmas has started.. we all go to church then have a family lunch all together.. then we play housie and stuff organised by our Society.. its really fun
• United States
12 Dec 06
christmas decorations - house and christmas decorations
Every year, I fly from Atlanta to Manila to be with my husband for the last two weeks of the year. There is no place I would rather be, and we've earned this time together.
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
well, we should go to church during christmas and we have to share our blessings with others as it is a time of giving..
• United States
11 Dec 06
one tradition my family has is we get to open one gift on christmas eve just a small one my three children love it it gets them so excited for the next morning and then they cant sleep after that we have hot chocolate and guess whats in the other presents
• Italy
11 Dec 06
I like Chrismas traditions.. we go to a church in Vhristmas night and only after we opened our presents..
• United States
11 Dec 06
we used to get together and decorate the tree..tell funny stories about our jobs and drink a little (well the grownups would) we would then talk about who wanted what for christmas and my parents would tell the "when i was a kid, christmas was rough" stories...
@fintzu (56)
• United States
11 Dec 06
My family gets together and we all eat, drink and share each other's company and presents. It doesn't matter who gets what, or how much we give - it is the fact that we are all together that is the best part of it all.