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Some of us are younger, and some of us are older, but Christmas traditions (at least for the Christians) live on. I am talking about traditions that live on, or are changed through-out the years.

What are your favorite traditions?

When I was younger (up to about 12 years old) We were NEVER allowed to open a gift on Christmas Eve. We had to wait :( ,,,until it was light out on Christmas morning to open our gifts. (the same gifts that Mom worked late into the night gift-wrapping :( ). We had to walk by our parents room, squeaky floors :( to get to our presents. Us kids would come down in the morning and (attack is the only word to describe it) go to the tree. Stockings full of an apple,,,an orange,,,candy, nuts, and a few other small gifts. There was always one big gift and several smaller ones. The bigger "gifts" were the better gifts, right? Wrong. I was disappointed some times and overjoyed other times. Wrappings were all over the place.

It was a fun time :) .

To be continued.

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Here in Luxembourg it isn't Father Christmas who brings most of the presents to the children, but Saint Nicolas in the night from the 5th to the 6th december.

Saint Nicolas Day being more a celebration for children, Christmas used to be and is still more of a family celebration, with a nice meal and stuff like that. ;)

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I kept meaning to make a thread like this. Thanks for sharing, kinot :)

There's probably more.. but this is what I can think of right now..

-Every year, ever since we were born, my mother has bought my sister and I a new Christmas tree ornament. On Christmas eve, we were allowed to open them up and hang them on the tree.

-Our stockings would be in the living room up until Christmas eve, when we would bring them to our rooms.

-In the morning, we would gather in either mine, my mothers or my sisters bedroom (we switched every year), sat on the bed, and went through everything.

-We never went downstairs before the stockings were finished with, and my sister and I stayed in our pajamas until all the gifts were unwrapped.

-Christmas music is on throughout the day.

-My grandparents come every Christmas day, ever since I can remember. Except for a couple of years ago, when my grandmother was too sick to come down from Ottawa.

-The Christmas tree stays lit all day.

-We leave our outside lights on all night on Christmas eve.

-My sister and I used to put out "reindeer food" (plain oatmeal, mixed with glitter).

-When everyone sits down for dinner, before we eat we open up our crackers. Everyone has to wear that ridiculous hat that comes with it, even if just for a little bit.

-I have to watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at least once.

Everything is a little different now, with my sister being 22 and not living with us, and with my 3 year old nephew in her room instead.. I still put out reindeer food though :lol:

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Oh crap a doodle's.....just past the turkey dammit.:P

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Oh crap a doodle's.....just past the turkey dammit.:P

Geez <_<:P

Before Christmas even comes, the whole month of December is spent backing cookies and other Christmas treats. My mom and Nonna have been doing that for a while and since my mom doesn't have as much time as she used to, I've taken it upon myself to bake. I always remember baking with my mom as a kid and having the tunes playing and just loving it so it reminds me of that when i bake. I've made a bunch of things already.

The way things have gone for my family have been since I can remember. There have been a few years that have deviated due to circumstance but it's pretty much all the same. And I'm huge on traditions so those years that were different just messed everything up for me. Christmas Eve is spent at my nonna and nonno's house. We eat this huge meal of past and then different types of seafood because we are not supposed to each meat. Everything from shrimp to octopus to crab to bacala. Then we wait until midnight to open up our presents. Has to be midnight lol. We also due the cracker thing Clues and we all wear those tissue crowns :lol:

Then I go home, get the milk, cookie and carrots out and put in on the designated plate. Yes, I still do this. I have a younger sister was my excuse before but I'm pretty sure she knows the truth now (She's 12) But I think we still play along just because. And it's funny to know that my mom has to nibble on it and drink the milk :lol:.

I try and sleep (I still have problems doing that :mellow:) and then the next morning is spent opening presents at my house with my mom and sister.

When I was reading Clues, it was funny because I can see some similarities. We stay in our pjs the whole time, lights are on all night, and the Christmas tree is on all day. That how we have it too. And I don't know why stockings are always first but we always look in them first. I actually got coal in mine one year :lol: Seriously. My mom makes breakfast and we just kinda of feel good.

My dad used to be there (on Christmas eve and Christmas morning) but things have changed. He still comes on the 25th to pick us up and bring my sister and me to his Christmas dinner and celebration. My mom used to come to that too. We all did, as a family but family is a bit different now. Surprisingly, that hasn't really affect how I feel about things because I thought it would.

The dinner on my dad's side is the meat dinner. We have ham, meat pies, turkey, and a whole load of other stuff. My grandpa and grandma always (and still do) put fruit in our stockings. Huge and I mean huge oranges, some nuts and sometimes apples. My grandma would always make her apple pie but since she's passed away that job has come to my dad, me and my sister. So we use her recipe and make the pies. My dad's side used to have a kriskringle every year for a really long time. they started it before I was born and it continued up until about 2 or 3 years ago. And the rule was that it had to be handmade or recycled. I remember trying to get my dad to tell me who he got as he worked away on his present. My mom would always disclose that information to me lol.

And lastly, on Boxing Day (26th) my sister and I would go to a family friends house. My mom has been going to their spend Boxing Day (or evening I should say) since they were in their 20s so a while. Later on they would become my sister's godparents but we would always go there on the 26th. Again, my dad used to come but he doesn't anymore.

Sorry I wrote I novel :lol: Christmas is honestly my favourite time. I have such amazing memories as a child during Christmas and it means so much to me about family and spending time with those that I love. Things are definitely different than when I was a kid and I can sometimes get depressed about that but I try not to and I make everything I'm doing in the present as good I as I can and I try and keep up with things. If you read all of this, you deserve a reward lmao.

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Geez <_<:P

Before Christmas even comes, the whole month of December is spent backing cookies and other Christmas treats. My mom and Nonna have been doing that for a while and since my mom doesn't have as much time as she used to, I've taken it upon myself to bake. I always remember baking with my mom as a kid and having the tunes playing and just loving it so it reminds me of that when i bake. I've made a bunch of things already.

The way things have gone for my family have been since I can remember. There have been a few years that have deviated due to circumstance but it's pretty much all the same. And I'm huge on traditions so those years that were different just messed everything up for me. Christmas Eve is spent at my nonna and nonno's house. We eat this huge meal of past and then different types of seafood because we are not supposed to each meat. Everything from shrimp to octopus to crab to bacala. Then we wait until midnight to open up our presents. Has to be midnight lol. We also due the cracker thing Clues and we all wear those tissue crowns :lol:

Then I go home, get the milk, cookie and carrots out and put in on the designated plate. Yes, I still do this. I have a younger sister was my excuse before but I'm pretty sure she knows the truth now (She's 12) But I think we still play along just because. And it's funny to know that my mom has to nibble on it and drink the milk :lol:.

I try and sleep (I still have problems doing that :mellow:) and then the next morning is spent opening presents at my house with my mom and sister.

When I was reading Clues, it was funny because I can see some similarities. We stay in our pjs the whole time, lights are on all night, and the Christmas tree is on all day. That how we have it too. And I don't know why stockings are always first but we always look in them first. I actually got coal in mine one year :lol: Seriously. My mom makes breakfast and we just kinda of feel good.

My dad used to be there (on Christmas eve and Christmas morning) but things have changed. He still comes on the 25th to pick us up and bring my sister and me to his Christmas dinner and celebration. My mom used to come to that too. We all did, as a family but family is a bit different now. Surprisingly, that hasn't really affect how I feel about things because I thought it would.

The dinner on my dad's side is the meat dinner. We have ham, meat pies, turkey, and a whole load of other stuff. My grandpa and grandma always (and still do) put fruit in our stockings. Huge and I mean huge oranges, some nuts and sometimes apples. My grandma would always make her apple pie but since she's passed away that job has come to my dad, me and my sister. So we use her recipe and make the pies. My dad's side used to have a kriskringle every year for a really long time. they started it before I was born and it continued up until about 2 or 3 years ago. And the rule was that it had to be handmade or recycled. I remember trying to get my dad to tell me who he got as he worked away on his present. My mom would always disclose that information to me lol.

And lastly, on Boxing Day (26th) my sister and I would go to a family friends house. My mom has been going to their spend Boxing Day (or evening I should say) since they were in their 20s so a while. Later on they would become my sister's godparents but we would always go there on the 26th. Again, my dad used to come but he doesn't anymore.

Sorry I wrote I novel :lol: Christmas is honestly my favourite time. I have such amazing memories as a child during Christmas and it means so much to me about family and spending time with those that I love. Things are definitely different than when I was a kid and I can sometimes get depressed about that but I try not to and I make everything I'm doing in the present as good I as I can and I try and keep up with things. If you read all of this, you deserve a reward lmao.

Great "novel" beaubie! May I have my reward now?

Thanks for sharing Clues, remember that hat protects you from the Grinch.

HO! HO! HO!

Oops I ment FH apparently.

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Don't worry about 10,,,,there's a reason he had the Grinch for his avatar :lol: .

The Grinch rocks......he's a cool cat.B)

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Geez <_<:P

Before Christmas even comes, the whole month of December is spent backing cookies and other Christmas treats. My mom and Nonna have been doing that for a while and since my mom doesn't have as much time as she used to, I've taken it upon myself to bake. I always remember baking with my mom as a kid and having the tunes playing and just loving it so it reminds me of that when i bake. I've made a bunch of things already.

The way things have gone for my family have been since I can remember. There have been a few years that have deviated due to circumstance but it's pretty much all the same. And I'm huge on traditions so those years that were different just messed everything up for me. Christmas Eve is spent at my nonna and nonno's house. We eat this huge meal of past and then different types of seafood because we are not supposed to each meat. Everything from shrimp to octopus to crab to bacala. Then we wait until midnight to open up our presents. Has to be midnight lol. We also due the cracker thing Clues and we all wear those tissue crowns :lol:

Then I go home, get the milk, cookie and carrots out and put in on the designated plate. Yes, I still do this. I have a younger sister was my excuse before but I'm pretty sure she knows the truth now (She's 12) But I think we still play along just because. And it's funny to know that my mom has to nibble on it and drink the milk :lol:.

I try and sleep (I still have problems doing that :mellow:) and then the next morning is spent opening presents at my house with my mom and sister.

When I was reading Clues, it was funny because I can see some similarities. We stay in our pjs the whole time, lights are on all night, and the Christmas tree is on all day. That how we have it too. And I don't know why stockings are always first but we always look in them first. I actually got coal in mine one year :lol: Seriously. My mom makes breakfast and we just kinda of feel good.

My dad used to be there (on Christmas eve and Christmas morning) but things have changed. He still comes on the 25th to pick us up and bring my sister and me to his Christmas dinner and celebration. My mom used to come to that too. We all did, as a family but family is a bit different now. Surprisingly, that hasn't really affect how I feel about things because I thought it would.

The dinner on my dad's side is the meat dinner. We have ham, meat pies, turkey, and a whole load of other stuff. My grandpa and grandma always (and still do) put fruit in our stockings. Huge and I mean huge oranges, some nuts and sometimes apples. My grandma would always make her apple pie but since she's passed away that job has come to my dad, me and my sister. So we use her recipe and make the pies. My dad's side used to have a kriskringle every year for a really long time. they started it before I was born and it continued up until about 2 or 3 years ago. And the rule was that it had to be handmade or recycled. I remember trying to get my dad to tell me who he got as he worked away on his present. My mom would always disclose that information to me lol.

And lastly, on Boxing Day (26th) my sister and I would go to a family friends house. My mom has been going to their spend Boxing Day (or evening I should say) since they were in their 20s so a while. Later on they would become my sister's godparents but we would always go there on the 26th. Again, my dad used to come but he doesn't anymore.

Sorry I wrote I novel :lol: Christmas is honestly my favourite time. I have such amazing memories as a child during Christmas and it means so much to me about family and spending time with those that I love. Things are definitely different than when I was a kid and I can sometimes get depressed about that but I try not to and I make everything I'm doing in the present as good I as I can and I try and keep up with things. If you read all of this, you deserve a reward lmao.

Great stuff, beaubie. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  • 2 weeks later...

Sneaking into the kitchen while wife does x-mass baking :ph34r:.....*hummmm,I'll take this one*...............................................OUCH,:angry:

:P....Guess I have to wait a little longer here.

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Sneaking into the kitchen while wife does x-mass baking :ph34r:.....*hummmm,I'll take this one*...............................................OUCH,:angry:

:P....Guess I have to wait a little longer here.

How old are you, and you don't have the sneaking cookies part down yet? You deserve a smack, smack.jpg

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How old are you, and you don't have the sneaking cookies part down yet? You deserve a smack, smack.jpg

OUCH

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And on Christmas Eve too. :( Double ouch.

lol :D

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Last night I did what I do every year at this time...I watched "A Christmas Carol". It was the 1951 black and white version. I don't watch any other versions. I must have watched this movie about 25 times. I try to watch it every year, sometimes it's on TV and sometimes not.

Just one of my little traditions.

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Last night I did what I do every year at this time...I watched "A Christmas Carol". It was the 1951 black and white version. I don't watch any other versions. I must have watched this movie about 25 times. I try to watch it every year, sometimes it's on TV and sometimes not.

Just one of my little traditions.

Going My Way with Bing Crosby is my Christmas must see movie.

This isn't a Christmas tradition but......When my daughter was five we told her she had to put out some cookies and a glass of milk for Santa. I'll never forget the shocked look on my daughter's face when she checked to see if they were still there in the morning and found they were gone. Priceless.

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