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Janee' in Texas
11-27-2010, 06:11 PM
I was wondering if you would share your family Christmas/ holiday traditions? I love to hear about what you do to make this time special. :D

Rachel Jane
11-27-2010, 06:21 PM
We eat.
A lot.
:D

Seriously, we do some sort of daily devotion and read a Christmas picture book or chapter book every day. We make our FIAR ornaments. We drive around and look at decorations. We hang cards all around the entryway to the dining room. We put the envelopes in a basket, pick one out and talk, think about and pray for the sender. We hang a huge wreath in the front window and decorate it together. We play a lot of Christmas music.

If you ask my sons, they will say we don't do anything for Christmas. I am not sure what that means.

Julie in AZ
11-27-2010, 06:29 PM
Seriously, we do some sort of daily devotion and read a Christmas picture book or chapter book every day. We make our FIAR ornaments. We drive around and look at decorations. We hang cards all around the entryway to the dining room. We put the envelopes in a basket, pick one out and talk, think about and pray for the sender. We play a lot of Christmas music.


:yes: We do all these too! I probably learned about them through the years from RJ. :kiss:

Since my kiddos are a little younger, we also do a Jesse tree, celebrate St. Nicholas Day, and make nativity cookies. :)

Here's (http://our-faith-filled-days.blogspot.com/search/label/Advent) a link of our Advent traditions and here's (http://our-faith-filled-days.blogspot.com/search/label/Christmas) one of our Christmas traditions. (I just noticed a few overlap, sorry about that.)

I hope you get a lot of responses. I love to read about family traditions.

Kendra AU
11-27-2010, 06:48 PM
Christmas Time We Do:


Reindeer Countdown Calendar (http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2008/10/christmas-crafts.html)
Jesse Tree (http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/search/label/Jesse%20Tree)
Christmas Craft Bags (http://blog.aussiepumpkinpatch.com/2009/09/christmas-bags.html) (these honestly get THE MOST hype around here)


I also:

wrap up the Christmas books and one child picks one out to read each day
we watch a Christmas movie at least once a week, but sometimes 2-3 depending on how quickly I can get them from the library/video shop
We do our crafts while listening to a Christmas Album (whomever didn't pick the story book gets to pick the album)


All our holiday baking (cookies, ice cream, and a birthday cake) are mixed into the Reindeer. I try to spread them out based on what else is happening in the month. House decorating, Christmas shopping, and tree trimming are equally dispersed that way. This adds extra excitement to the mix.

Lastly, we get together with family on Christmas. If it's just us and Nana then she spends the night with us which is always fun for the kids. In fact, I think three of the past four years running we've spent the night (one way or another) with my mil on Christmas Eve. Sometimes we get together with more family on Christmas, sometimes not. It depends on who's visiting which side of the family that year. ;)

carolinaNJ
11-27-2010, 10:51 PM
we have a birthday cake for jesus and sing happy birthday to him!

DD in IL
11-27-2010, 11:22 PM
We eat, clean up, and open presents from family members at my sister's house on Christmas Ev;, someone reads the Christmas story from Luke and then my uncle reads Twas the Night Before Christmas. Cousin's husband brings his guitar and we sing. DH dresses up as Santa and comes through the house yelling ho ho ho and passes stockings out to young and old. Back at home we would always have the kids to each set up a chair in front of the tree. Santa would put their presents on their chair. Christmas morning we drive to our dgc's homes to see what Santa brought to them in their chairs. My middle dd fixes brunch for us. On Christmas Day night we drive around and look at the lights. We often meet family or friends for a funny movie at the theater.