More than 50% of my Facebook friends have already proclaimed that Christmas is their favorite time of year. My daily news feed is littered with photos of Elves, lists to send to send Santa and all kinds of cookie recipes. And I don’t mind it at all. Christmas is also my favorite time of the year. One of my favorite things about Christmas are the yearly traditions.
When I was a child, our Christmas traditions started on Christmas Eve. Every year, my family would attend a Christmas Eve service at our church. Most Sundays, going to church just felt like routine and I was never really was that excited about it. But come Christmas Eve, I was always happy to go sing songs at the top of my lungs in the candlelit chapel. There was one year that I had an eventful Christmas Eve service. Right before we moved to Canada, I was sitting at the end of pew listening to the service when I felt a sharp pain on my back. I let out a scream and my family quickly realized that the wax from one of the isle candles had dripped down my back! I have been to a couple of Christmas Eve services in Canada in the past few years, but my favorite Christmas Eve service will always be in that small church with the dripping candle wax.
I have been to a couple of Christmas Eve services in Canada in the past few years, but my favorite Christmas Eve service will always be in that small church with the dripping candle wax.
Another Christmas tradition we did was to put a pillowcase at the end of our bed on Christmas eve night. Instead of stockings or piling presents under the tree, Santa would magically sneak into our rooms and fill our pillow cases with toys. I as always in awe of how he managed to sneak into my room without waking me, I think it’s what made the tradition even more magical.
In the morning, my sister and I would drag our pillowcases into my Dad’s room and open presents.
Christmas Day was usually spent at home or visiting my Dad’s parents for dinner.
Our Christmas festivities didn’t end on Christmas Day. Boxing day was usually a big party at my Aunts house where we play games, eat a ton of food and visit for hours. One of my favorite snacks we used to have during the party was cheese, pineapple and a pickled onion on a stick. I know, it sounds really strange but the combo is to die for. Last year, my sister and I even made it as a Christmas Day appetizer.
For the last two years, Chris and I have hosted Christmas dinner at our house. Besides the turkey, a must have for me to have are Christmas crackers. Each cracker contains a party hat that you MUST ( my rule) wear at dinner and a little gadget.
Other favorite Christmas traditions:
- Decorating sugar cookies with my friend Brittney
- Decorating the tree
- Giving Chris an advent calendar… and trying to not eat all the chocolates for him
- Watching a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve with family
Christmas traditions to try:
- Reading at least one Christmas-themed novel in December
- Creating a keepsake with a favorite memory from December. Maybe something like this:
- A Christmas scavenger hunt
Christmas traditions from around the world: ( via The Huffington Post)
- Iceland: during the 12 days leading up to Christmas, children leave their shoes in their bedroom windowsills to be filled with candy.
- Italy: some child wait for Befana who is a friendly witch who arrives on January 5th with sweets and toys.
- Germany: Germans hide a pickle under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The first child to discover the pickle receives an extra gift.
- Japan: white Christmas cards are sent to friends and family with Seasons Greetings. Red cards are avoided as they often used for funeral announcements.
Over to you !!
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