Christmas is less than week away now! Can you believe it?! Wow, they sure aren’t kidding when they say time goes by faster as you age. As Christmas is coming up rather quickly, it made me think of the Christmas traditions that I grew up within my families. I say families because I have the wonderful blessing of being a part of not just one, but TWO amazing families. My parents are divorced and remarried when I was a baby, so I know no different. Christmas was always really neat growing up because I was the kid that got two Christmases and twice the presents. It was pretty awesome, I won’t lie.
On Christmas Eve, I was with my mom, stepdad, and younger brother. We were all scurrying to get our last minute shopping and wrapping done. I also would help my stepdad in the kitchen, as he would do a baking extravaganza each year. He is quite the baker and cook! The list would be forever long if I started to name off what he baked. We would pass the goodies out to neighbors, friends, and family. On Christmas Eve night, we would always have a special dinner, which in the most recent years that I lived at home was at Macaroni Grill with my uncle, aunt, and cousins. After dinner we all went to our church’s Christmas Eve service for a message and carols. Then the gift opening fun happened when we returned home. Santa always came when we were at church, of course. (I still don’t understand how my parents did this… I’m guessing one of our neighbors helped them out. ) We would stay up late playing with our new toys and gadgets.
On Christmas Day morning, I woke up bright and early to meet my dad. When we were a lot younger, I would get to my dad and stepmom’s house, and my younger brother and sister would anxiously be awaiting my arrival so we could open presents. As we got older, the gift opening happened later and later… The activities for Christmas Day changed from year to year. There were a few years we went up to northern Arizona to visit my aunt and uncle in Sedona, other years we took it easy and went to a movie together as a family, and still other years I remember having a big family brunch at our house after opening presents.
Now that I’ve been married for a little over a year and live in another state from my families, I wonder what traditions my husband and I will develop as the years go on. We’ve already established a few such as making an event out of decorating the tree by listening to Christmas music and enjoying a festive treat, attending our candlelight Christmas Eve service, and going out for a nice Christmas Eve dinner together. I’m sure as we have children someday, the traditions will continue to build even more. I think Christmas traditions are so special and memorable. I’ll never forget the many fun Christmas traditions I had with my family growing up.
- What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?
- Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
- If you’re married, have you developed any new Christmas traditions together?