What are you X-mas traditions?

December 19, 2006 6:15am CST
Is there a particular meal you fix every year? A certain family tradition you follow faithfully? Are you in a diffrent country that has diffrent ways of celebrating? Here we read two books on Christmas Eve, “Merry Christmas Stinky Face” and “The night before Christmas”. We always have a huge Ham dinner with a can of Pringles on the table in honor of my belated Grandmother, who never fixed a meal without them on the table, LOL. We have my Husband family over on Christmas Eve then my family on Christmas Day. That’s just some, what are yours?
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• United States
19 Dec 06
We go to my grandma's every year to eat the traditional arroz con gandules with plantain balls (rice & pidgeon peas),pernil (pork), pasteles (it's made of plantain and pieces of meat), potato salad, tembleque (a type of custard made of coconut), coquito (a type of eggnog but instead of eggs,coconut,lol)...I know there are more things but I got full just thinking about it,lol. Every dish is tastier than the last!!! I've tried to prepare the meal and though it tastes good it just doesn't have the same touch as at my grandma's so we end up going there instead,lol. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• United States
19 Dec 06
This of course in addition to decorating around the house,the tree,shopping for gifts,etc. This year we add the anticipation of seeing our one year old daughter open her presents on her own for the very first time,lol !!!! I'm so excited!!!
19 Dec 06
Their first of everything is so precious. It will make this a very memorable one! Congrats and Happy Holidays!
• United States
2 Jan 07
Hey!!! Thank you so much for picking my response as the best!!! Well, I officially weigh 100 pounds more with all the food during the holidays,lol. I'm happy to say that my daughter opened her own presents this year...though it took her FOREVER to rip the paper off,lol. Needless to say, I enjoyed every second. Plus when she started to squeal with delight at her presents and shuffle her feet in a jingle, my heart just swelled. I'm overwhelmed with joy everytime I think of that moment,lol. Her eyes were just so wide and shining like the sun!!!! I just had to share that,lol. I hope you had a fabulous holiday and new year!!!!! Thanks again!!!
@ais_nedla (163)
• United States
20 Dec 06
When i used to live in the Cebu City, Philippines. Christmas celebrations start at 3:00 pm of December 24. That is when guest, family, long lost relatives, and friends start arriving. Some would stay at the wee hours of the night or some stay till the christmas morn. Our "kusinera" and my eldest bro (who is a chef) would be very busy preparing the food. By 9:00 PM, my family and I make our way to the nearest church for the "simbang gabi". Those who want to tag along are very welcome to join. Some stay at the house to party like my dad, uncles and his friends. Female members of my family together with the younger memebers of the family would go to the obligatory "simbang gabi." Simbang gabi is a mass that has been the tradition of the Roman Catholic church to celebrate Jesus Christ. The mass ends at around 10:30 PM, everybody goes back to the hous to have some light snack. It is not recommended to eat a whole meal before the "noche buena." The party continues. At 11:00 PM or 11:30 OM, everybody would head out to the front of the house to witness the array of loud and sometimes excruciating fireworks prepared by my overly excited brothers in the neighborhood stree. Yes, in some parts of the world, fireworks are legal. Specifically in Cebu City, fireworks display are widely practiced by almost everybody. After an hour of fireworks display, everybody would head to the house for the big "noche buena." Noche buena is a midnight dinner celebrated all throughout the Philippines. At exactly 12:00 PM, everbody would and greet each other merry christmas. While some are taking their seats for the "noche buena" dinner. I am busy tinkering my cellphone trying to send merry christmas greetings to my friends via text messages. After painstakingly hitting the send button on my cellphone too many times, I take my spot on the "noche buena" table. After the dinner, the celebration goes on. We usually open our presents after the "noche buena." For us younger generation, it is obligatory to sleep at around 3 AM on December 25th, whereas, the adults would remain at the party till the morning of December 25. Ahhhh, such sweet memories. Totally different from the American way of celebrating Christmas. No wonder most expats Filipino reminisce of the Philippines during Christmas time.
@julie0825 (1415)
• Philippines
20 Dec 06
hey kabayan - its lovely to see that there is also filipino member here
• United States
20 Dec 06
wat up pinoys!!! represent. i truly miss the filipino way of celebrating christmas...
@serpico (209)
• Brazil
19 Dec 06
well, we just eat traditional xmas food, watch some tv then we all go to bed, that's it!
19 Dec 06
Sounds like you keep it simple, fun and very relaxing. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing that.
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19 Dec 06
That's similar to us , we eat turkey , and stuffing , although i detest stuffing , it's okay , just on christmas.
@amafrias (456)
• United States
19 Dec 06
That's sweet about your Grandmother and the Pringles. When my Grandmother passed, the family kind of spread out and didn't get together anymore. She was kind of our glue I guess. Well, now that I have a family of my own I try to keep all of the family traditions alive. We put the tree up soon after Thanksgiving, string the house with lights, make homemade ornaments, etc. On Christmas Eve I usually get talked out of one present under the tree. Then we leave the milk and cookies for Santa, and off to bed. When all is quiet, Santa comes in the night and leaves lots of surprises. Santa doesn't wrap at our house, his stuff is all set up and working. He also stuffs your stocking full of nuts and fruit, and little nick knacks. After all the presents are opened, I am back to the kitchen. Standard Christmas diiner, Ham, Turkey, dressing, and we must have the cranberry sauce. Sometimes on Christmas Eve we go out looking at lights around town. Ya'll have a wonderful Holiday!!
19 Dec 06
How funny is that, Santa doesn't wrap at my house either! He always has a supply of batteries so all the children have to do is turn them on. Thanks for sharing and you have Wonderful Holidays as well!
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@amafrias (456)
• United States
19 Dec 06
I meet very few who do it that way..That's the way my Daddy did it, and we loved it! It's so much more exciting to walk out and see everything going, and placed just right. You have a Merry one too...
• Brazil
19 Dec 06
I live in Brazil, and here two weeks before the christmas we always decorate the christmas tree... And in the Christmas Day, we eat Chester (it's a type of turkey, that don't have in the USA)... Chester is the best food I ever ate...
20 Dec 06
Sounds yummy, I love turkey. Thanks for sharing that.
19 Dec 06
well as a fish worshiper i celebrate christmas day by starting with my daily prayers to king salmon and then i go to my local lake and feed all the fish and then i go home eat one green pea and then i watch the television whilst it is turned off for 47 minutes, and then i lay on my stomach on the kitchen floor and sleep. So i guess its just like any other day for me, no real traditions.
20 Dec 06
Why not try just for the Halibut, traditions are fun ;-)
@sylar18 (117)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I always stay up till 2am. i always eat pizza hut i do a christmas buffet. Then open presents at midnight. Then i do a party on the 25th with my fanily.
20 Dec 06
I'm usually up that late on X-mas Eve, but it's following those "easy to follow" directions, lol. I feel like I could work at NASA when I get done!
@fieldy (24)
• United States
19 Dec 06
For many years out tradition has been to have an "ugly ornament contest." Everyone in the immediate family goes and finds a really cheap ornament from the dollar store or something, and on christmas we lay them out on the table and judge who has the worst =]~
20 Dec 06
I love THAT! Never thought of that, but how fun! That would make a great suggestion for our family. Thank you for sharing that!
@awood11 (16)
• United States
19 Dec 06
My husband and I were just married in March. We each have daughters from previous marriages, and one son together so we are just beginning to make our own traditions. First is cutting our own tree from a Christmas tree farm. Second is celebrating on Christmas Eve when his daughter is with us. Wish us luck making more of our own family traditions!
20 Dec 06
It sounds like your doing great! Happy Holidays!
@supremegod (1019)
• India
19 Dec 06
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we dont celebrate it. coz we are not christians.. but we do respect all the religions and traditions, by the way i like x-mas tree and the cakes.....
19 Dec 06
It's cool you have respect, thank you. BTW I love the trees and the cakes myself. Do you not exchange gifts? I ask because I have a freind or two that are non-religous, but they do, do the gift thing because they think it is a nice gesture. Thanks for sharing.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
19 Dec 06
We always watch the movie "The Christmas Story" every christmas morning...sometimes its just me and my husband that watch it...then we have a light breakfast and one at a time..open gifts.....that way everyone gets to see the others reactions and it takes a little longer so we get to spend that much more family time together before going to see the rest of the family and having Christmas dinner. BUt ever since my kids were little we have always watched the christmas specials....Rudolph...Frosty..... Grinch....I still watch them..but now its usually with my grandson (he is 4)...and the one thing my kids will tell you or pass down to their kids.... It doesnt matter who tells you Santa isn't real .....Santa (the spirit) lives in your heart !!!!! Thanks for the GREAT Question !!!!!
19 Dec 06
Santa ISN'T REAL????? :-0 My girls are 9 and 7. Last year my oldest asked me about Sanata and I said "yes Santa is real, but I'm sure Santa isn't what you picture in your head." I agree, Santa is the spirit. I love the fact you watch all those Christmas shows with your Grandson, I know he must love watching them with you. Wonderful story, thank you for sharing it and HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
@dominican (202)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
Here in the Philippines our christmas tradition is we attend mass every 4AM in the morning from December 16 -24.
19 Dec 06
That sounds like your tradition is to keep the Holiday very Spiritual. Good for you! I think that is wonderful!
• India
19 Dec 06
Our tradition is to make sweets out of refined flour which are deep fried in oil.. This is a must during christmas season the frying of the sweets in each and every chatholic house in our region (Goa)
19 Dec 06
It sounds yummy and fun! Do you have a recipe? Thanks for posting.
• Canada
19 Dec 06
We always play a game with two decks of cards. Each person brings a general, non-gender gift. We deal out an entire deck of cards to everyone. We then use the other deck and pick 1 card at a time. If you get your card picked, you go up and grab a gift. It continues until teh entire deck is complete and anybody who has more than one present has to give it to somebody who does not.
19 Dec 06
What a fun game! That would be neat not only for family, but for kids. I have a reading program at school I coordinate, that sounds like a wonderful idea for next year. Thank you for sharing that.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Happy Holidays to one and all! - This is a cute little picture of little bears decorating a christmas tree and it has presents under the tree also. It is a cute little picture.
The holidays were much simpler before marriage, Because him and his family have traditions and me and mine have traditions. So my family have a dinner a day or two before christmas And my husband never joins in unless it is held at my house which might be every 5 years. But still he really doesn't join in then either. I wish he would accept my family and who and how they are. But we are usually alone on christmas day and it is boring and all I do is cook most the day what I hadn't made the night before just for my husband not to eat very much. So at thanks giving when he made me make the works then didn't eat much I told him come Christmas all he was getting is a turkey,rolls,green beans and mashed potatoes, stuffing that is enough. Don't need the extras if they aren't going to be eaten. That is nice to do the can of pringles for your grandmother. And I haven't thought of lighting a candle which I think I will try this year although my husband blows them out as fast as I can light them most times. It is supposed to be a special time of the year the most specialest but the way the world is going nowdays with families fighting and countries fighting and loved ones dying it just isn't going to be a good christmas for some this year. Well Happy Holidays to you and yours and I hope your holidays are blessed. God bless.
19 Dec 06
You have the spirits, so feed Hubby lots of Turkey that will knock him out. Then light your candles and enjoy. It's never too late to start a tradition :-) *Hugs* to you Dear.
@vbembot (750)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
We celebrate christmas by attending the "Simbang Gabi" early morning mass held at 4 in the morning and after the mass people will buy native delicacies like "suman", puto bongbong, bibingka". these are the kind of food that you will find every christmas. On our dining table at christmas eve you will find "lechon" roasted pig.
19 Dec 06
That sounds really neat! What is Suman, Puto Bongbong and Bibingka? Are they as good to eat as they are to say? The roasted pig is making me very hungrey.
@jeanvill (654)
• Philippines
19 Dec 06
good looking - beautiful
our tradition here is to get together in midnight and eat the delicious food together at 12:00midnight and welcome the day to come,giving gifts to our love ones....but in these year...we have encounter crises here in our country so i myself cannot able to do our tradition already..i just prefer to sleep early and nothing happens...
19 Dec 06
I like the idea of celebrating at Midnight, never heard that before. I'm sorry you are unable to do your traditions yet. But keep focused on that last word, yet. I know in my heart that time will come. *hugs*
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Our girls always help me decorate the tree. On the 24th we go to my in-laws & they have a Polish meal of fish. Then we open gifts, there & then at home.. My family comes over on the 25th & I make ham. The girls open their stockings on Christmas Day, plus whatever my parents bring.
19 Dec 06
Very nice, the fish sounds really good.
• India
19 Dec 06
its fun fun and fun thats our tradition
19 Dec 06
I love it!!! I have seen some that it's just stress, stress and more stress for them. I think they should try a diffrent way of celebrating, don't you?
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@pavan_sry (264)
• India
19 Dec 06
i dont celebrate christmas
• United States
19 Dec 06
why not