We have several traditions. Some from my family, some from my husband’s, and some we just did without this year.
-The tree gets put up the weekend closest to my birthday. Since my birthday is 2 weeks before Christmas, this is the perfect time to put the tree up. This year, my birthday fell on the weekend, and we spent it at breakfast with Santa. The tree went up a few days later.
-When we decorate the tree, every ear since we won the creepy clown ornament as a door prize at one of my husband’s company Christmas parties, we open the box, say, “Oh crap, the creepy clown ornament,” and put it back away until next year when we repeat the process. This year we haven’t decorated the tree because the kids can’t stop touching it.
-We leave Santa beer and cookies. My husband stole this idea from his sister. I can’t say as I blame him. When he was deployed, we left wine and cookies. I sure was appreciative of that wine while putting toys together and wrapping. When it gets mentioned outside of our family, people look at us weird, so I just add that we’re Irish (my grandma), and I get that knowing look, and nothing more is said.
-We order pizza for dinner Christmas Eve. Easy clean up since we also wrap that night after the kids go to bed.
-I make everyone wear Christmas pajamas on Christmas morning. Not only is it a fun way to torture my family, but it helps me remember what year that was by what we were wearing.
-When I wrap presents, I cut all the twist ties, and the toys are ready to go out of the box before wrapping so the kids aren’t sitting frustrated waiting for us to wrestle a toy from its packaging while they’re bouncing off the walls.
-My husband makes pancakes for breakfast after we’ve opened presents.
-I make lasagna later in the day for dinner.
-My husband’s family makes Welsh cookies this time of year.
What are your traditions?