Favorite Holiday Traditions

Johnny - posted on 12/03/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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If you celebrate a holiday at this time of the year, what is your one absolutely favorite tradition or part of your special time that is most important to you? What is it that makes it your favorite or the most special in your life? How do you plan to pass this tradition down to your children?

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Liz - posted on 12/04/2011

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I always used to bake cookies and fudge with my mom, which we would package up together and give as gifts.

Now that I've emigrated to the US with my husband and we are just moving into our first owned home this week, we will be slightly amending the tradition so that after my daughter gets to help me bake the holiday cookies and fudge, we will gift them to our new neighbours. It'll be a grand way of getting to know them, as well as starting to teach my daughter about the giving spirit.

It's special for me, because it reminds me of those winters baking cookies with my mom as a child in England. I hope it will be special for my daughter too and introduce her to the idea of handmaking/handbaking gifts for others. I really think that handmade gifts can be more thoughtful than store bought. We also hand make our tree decorations, making sure to include the year date when any decoration is added to the tree.

When she's a little older, I will let her choose what cookie recipes we make and how we decorate them. She can also take a gift box of cookies into school so that all of her classmates can have a holiday cookie at recess.

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Stifler's - posted on 12/04/2011

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I made up my own, making rumballs. When they're old enough they can help.

Johnny - posted on 12/04/2011

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For me, it's decorating the tree at my parent's house. It has always been the big occasion in our family. They get a very large tree, most of the family comes. We always play the same "Gene Autry Christmas " album that the family has played since the 50's and drink rum & eggnog. We eat a tourtiere with mashed potatos and red cabbage. Yule log for dessert. Same thing every single year. It is always fun, easygoing time with my family, everyone in good spirits. Just enjoying the time spent together and the memories from previous years. I am sure we will continue to do this at my parent's place until they are too old, and then it will be my turn to host it. I don't plan to change a thing.

Kate CP - posted on 12/04/2011

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We open stockings on Christmas eve and play with the toys and the poppers. The kids have fun and the adults all wear our paper crowns and enjoy the night. Best time! :)

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My parents and I were immigrants to America, and I wasn't raised Christian, so I'm not big on Christmas.



I like listening to Elvis' Christmas album, though. :)



My husband and I usually don't give each other Christmas gifts (though we do buy for our families) -- we donate a goat or sheep to Heifer International instead. I would like my son to learn the nativity story (as a story) and to remember others at Christmas time.

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