For my BIG December Christmas giveaway – scroll down to next blog post – one of the options to add points for winning a prize is the question: “What is your favorite Christmas tradition?” I have enjoyed reading the responses from those of you who shared, and want to post them for others to enjoy. Here they are, in no particular order and with occasional commentary in italics from me!
“For Christmas we like to give Jesus a gift on His birthday. The Word says He wants us to cast our cares upon Him. So we write down the things we want to release to Him. Then we throw the paper in the fire. It is sort of a spiritual cleanse. Through faith a weight is lifted.” ~ I really love this! It is a lovely tradition and symbolic gesture that, as a believer, I adore. Thanks!
“Cook a turkey.” ~ We have always cooked ham for Christmas, but have, on some years cooked both. One can never get enough turkey!
“I love it when, after the big lunch, we all go for a walk, the whole family, and breathe the cold and refreshing air. We all play on the sand (because I live near the sea, in the south of France) and then we go to the Christmas market where we buy a hot chocolate =) I’m looking forward to that moment!” ~ I sure wish I could stroll along the sea in the south of France! At any time of the year, for that matter.
“Holiday movies.” ~ Absolutely! We have many favorites – Elf, Scrooged, Miracle on 34th Street – but our traditional Christmas Eve movie is Die Hard. Yep. Think about it…
“Put up the Christmas tree.” ~ Just got my tree and house all decorated this weekend. It looks fabulous!
“My best memories are of watching my nieces open up their gifts.”
“Elf on the Shelf” ~ Okay Nicole, I have to know what this is!
“Caroling. We always sing in my family.”
“Christmas is a traveling day for my family. My two sisters and I get up early to drive an hour to see my father’s side of the family. Then, back in the car in the early afternoon to head an hour and a half in the other direction to see my mother’s side of the family. Finally, with only a few hours left in the day, it’s forty-five minutes back “home” to my mother’s place. It’s not about having three (or sometimes more) Christmases all in one day. When I think of Christmas, I think of my sisters and I driving in the car, sharing time that is becoming harder and harder to come by as years pass. If one tradition for our family stays alive, I would always want it to be that one. And, I will always see the three of us packed in a car, singing along to the soundtrack to Wicked, driving down a snow-covered highway, first thing whenever I think on Christmas.”
~ This is beautifully heartwarming! Wonderful sentiment, Alicia. Thanks for sharing, and may you have many, many more traveling Christmases in the future.
“Listening to Christmas songs.”
“Write Christmas cards and wrap presents for family and friends!” ~ I haven’t finished my annual Christmas letter yet, but I will!
“Trim the tree with friends, cookies, and holiday music.”
“Light the house with just candlelight on Christmas Eve to usher in The birth of THE Light of the World.” ~ AMEN! Wonderful idea that I may just steal.
“Christmas Eve dinner with my daughter at a favorite restaurant.” ~ Enjoy, Cheryl!
“Going to a tree farm an hunting down the best Christmas tree with my brothers.” ~ We did this once, years ago, and brought home a big spider that ended up living inside my tree topping angel, leaving an interesting silhouette on the ceiling. Gross! Last year we did that. LOL!
“My favorite Christmas tradition is making the annual Christmas Yule log. It has been in my husband’s family for years, and my husband’s aunt has passed the recipe and the torch to me to continue on the tradition. I love it. I look forward to making it every year.” ~ Fantastic, Jennifer Z! I would love to hear the “recipe” if it isn’t a well-kept secret.
“Wrapping presents… almost all of them myself!” ~ Yep, me too!
“Popping open crackers after Christmas dinner. It’s not Christmas until everyone is wearing a paper hat!”
“Our family cuddling together in pajamas watching Christmas movies, then opening one gift.”
“Opening one gift on Christmas Eve.” ~ Us too, when the kids were young.
“Lighting candles at my dad’s and grandparent’s graves.” ~ Sad, but also touching.
“Kiss my husband in the morning!” ~ Just like Lizzy! Give him a cheek-peck for me, Seli.