What is the one Christmas Family Tradition You ALWAYS keep?

Anne - posted on 12/07/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Now that our daughters are Adults some of the Christmas Traditions we followed when they were still young and living at home have had to be modified or stopped all together. HOWEVER there is one tradition we Will Always Follow.

Even thought we now Celebrate Christmas in CO with my husbands family our girls always come into our room on Christmas Morning and before we open any gifts My husband reads the Christmas Story. Some verses are from ISHIAH and Luke. And then one of the Girls will Pray. We know there will come a time when our daughters will have their own families, and Traditions, but we Hope and Pray that this one will remain on their list of Important Christmas Traditions. This was done in my husband family and still is when we all get together to open Christmas Presents

What is your Christmas Family Tradition?

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Rebekah - posted on 12/07/2010

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My favorite Christmas Family Tradition are the 25 days of Christmas!!! When December came around we did the building up to Christmas, the 24 days up until that time were always spent doing something for someone else - whether it was baking cookies for the neighbors, making wreaths for the elderly homes, serving at the homeless shelter, giving stuffed animals to the kids at the burn unit, to even the smallest moment of just telling someone "God Loves You" - that stands out the MOST to me. And I will carry this tradition on for the family I have now and hope it will make an impact on my son as it did me growing up.

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Anne - posted on 01/04/2011

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Because The Christmas Holidays are over for another year I am going to lock this conversation. I wanted to add one more thing before I did this.

AS we put away the tree(if you chose to put one up), and take down the Manger Scene, PLEASE Do Not Put Away the real reason for Jesus to Have Been Born. Please Keep HIM First in your life in 2011. May God Richly Bless you THis Year as you Grow Closer to OUr Lord.

Rebecca - posted on 12/22/2010

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I take time on that day to sit with my two children and read them the story of Jesus birth. I read from the Bible because I believe it brings to their little minds the realness of it all. i love reading from our family Bible to them.

Angie - posted on 12/21/2010

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I try to do Christmas pretty much exactly like mine were when I was young. I had a great childhood & I want my children to have those same memories & sense of tradition when they have their own families.

Lorine - posted on 12/18/2010

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This is actually a tradition from my husband's side of the family. We host a Christmas brunch where family friends and neighbors can come by any time after 10:30 AM and enjoy a hearty breakfast type meal while visiting and getting to know each other better. Some of the newer neighbors have not stopped by yet, but our door is always open to them whenever they're ready.

Carla - posted on 12/18/2010

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Christmas eve, the kids are so excited to get ready for bed, they go up and find a present on their pillows. New PJ's so they are all gorgeous when they come through to open their stockings in the morning!
They are always excited to see what PJ's they have, and are always ready for bed!

Ursula - posted on 12/15/2010

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I think thats a wonderful idea Anne..wil hav to put al emotions aside an put on my thinking hat! ,D

Carla - posted on 12/13/2010

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I know it is NOT the same without my daddy. He loved Christmas, loved having all the gang around, loved to sing and play Santa. He was the glue that kept our family together. My husband's father also was that glue on his side of the family. We have all gone our separate ways, and it is sad. But we will each have to make different ones. Be imaginative, Ursula! I know that brain of yours can come up with unique and fun ways to make your children remember your family times as THE best!

God bless us, as we celebrate our loved ones going home, and mourn their absence at the same time, until we can all be together in Heaven----

Anne - posted on 12/13/2010

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Ursula I can relate to Traditions not being the same once loved ones are gone. If it is you and your mom remaining in your family maybe you could start a new tradition. Maybe going out to dinner or doing lunch. I have had to change "my side of the family" tradition twice in the last 9 years. Not the same as when both of my parents were living and my sister lived in her own apartment but I am trying to help my sister adjust to her new living arraignments. Yes you are Right GOD Is Good.

Ursula - posted on 12/13/2010

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I wish I could implement the tradition of christmas I once had year after year. we as a family used to go to my parents house and traditionally would sing, chat and just had loads of fun! my dad use to sit at the end of the table and make jokes. my mom would make different kind of traditional meals an puddings! but since my dads death as well as my 2 brothers and my sister, christmas has never been the same. we dont gather around the table. its hard I must admit..bt God is good!

Victoria - posted on 12/11/2010

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Yes it would be, my sister & nephew too. Thanks for your Prayers, We had considered that too, leaving everything in Gods hands. What a Christmas Miracle that would be.

Carla - posted on 12/11/2010

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@Victoria--wouldn't it be marvelous if, by incorporating your family tradition into your parents' they would become born again? What a marvelous Christmas present! Praying---

Victoria - posted on 12/11/2010

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On Christmas eve we attend our church service, then when we get home we open our Christmas cards & pray for each family/person that has been kind enough to give us one.

On Christmas morning we have breakfast together, and while we do we read the account of the birth of Christ from the scriptures as a family.

This year we have been invited to my Mum & Dad's for Christmas (over night) and we we a little concerns as they are not born-again, but they and my sister all see excited to incorporate this into their Christmas morning. We'll see how God uses it.

Dawn - posted on 12/10/2010

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my kids are still little so we bake a birthday cake and sing "happy birthday" to Jesus! they get to blow out the candles of course! we do this with the whole family later in the day when we go for dinner. we go to Church the night before and since i am the Sunday School teacher for the whole church (we go to a very small church- about 15 people!) we do the Christmas story then.

Rachel - posted on 12/10/2010

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My fiancee and I are blending our families, my 18 month and his 18 year old! We have started a tradition of a live Christmas tree. We go out as a Family to cut it down and haul it home! It's wonderful! Then it's a HUGE ordeal to decorate the tree and the house. Christmas was never a good holiday for either family before our divorces, so the past two years has been a blessing to us all!

Also my father is "Santa" Oh if I had a picture with me to post I would! He's just beautiful when dressed! Since I was a young teenager and he became Santa every Christmas eve I made rice-crispy treats (his favs) and leave them for him when he returns from his runs Christmas eve! I still do it now, even with having a family of my own! The fun part now is that my daughter and step-son help!

Michelle - posted on 12/09/2010

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We burn a candle all day long on Christmas day in honor of Jesus's birthday! Happy Birthday Jesus!

Carla - posted on 12/07/2010

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When the kids were little we had a record (yes, again, dating myself) of carols. On Christmas morning the kids knew when they heard THAT record, that is was officially Christmas morning. I miss that!

Heather - posted on 12/07/2010

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We read the Christmas story from Luke before we open presents on Christmas morning.

We also open one gift on Christmas eve (pajamas- I get to pick what everyone opens, and I know which ones are the pajamas)

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