ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Christmas Eve tradition

Updated on July 25, 2013

As new families are created ... traditions are adopted ... and created. Holiday traditions in particular, are often learned in childhood and passed on from generation to generation. Sometimes, new traditions are created and with any luck, they are meaningful enough to stand the test of time.

Growing up, there were few traditions in my family. Perhaps that was because we were never really a close knit group. I do not have memories of extended family gatherings ... or of particular 'family' traditions.

In fact, there are no Christmas traditions from my childhood to share. However, once I had children, a new tradition was born. From the time that my children were very young (and they are now 20, 22 and 26) ... we established a Christmas eve tradition that will continue as long as they live at home ... and when they have children of their own, I will help to ensure that this tradition is carried on.

Traditionally, my children have been allowed to open a single gift on Christmas eve and this gift is always a new pair of pajamas ... immediately donned, to be savored as the evening winds down and the excitement builds. These pajamas are carefully selected ... drawing inspiration from each child's interests and preferences.

Though my sons no longer reside at home and thus do not participate in this tradition any longer, I will eagerly assist them in reestablishing it when they have children. In the meanwhile, my daughter still ponders not only what delights will await her on Christmas morning ... but the mystery of what pajamas she will sleep in on Christmas eve.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • indy cindy profile image
      Author

      indy cindy 9 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Yes Jim ... traditions are indeed comforting ... and a marvelous way of sharing a part of one's family history with future generations. I hope my children pass the Christmas eve pajamas tradition on to their children ... and their children ... etc. I am also looking forward to seeing what new traditions they establish for themselves.

    • profile image

      Jim Bruer 9 years ago

      While my families single 'Christmas Eve tradition' was simply choosing 'one' present to be opened on Christmas Eve, per child .... I can definitely see the 'richness' of the pajama tradition as well.

      Traditions .. passed on from parent to child .... lend a sense of 'continuity' to the process of life that we all find ..... 'comforting'. :)

    • indy cindy profile image
      Author

      indy cindy 9 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Thanks for your comment ... and for sharing your own unique tradition. My kids and I do hot cocoa and homemade cookies while driving around looking at Christmas lights every year. In fact, they're already asking if we can go but suggested we wait one more week ... so there will be plenty of elaborate displays to check out.

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 9 years ago from colorado springs

      That was a nice hub. Christmas is my fav time of the year. There's no better time to start such wonderful traditions. Our family puts our mattresses all in the same room on x-mas eve and we roast marshmellows and have hot chocolate in front of the fireplace (my husbands and I may have a little Mint Flavored Baily's in our hot chocolate:) and watch christmas shows (Rudolph, A Christmas Story ect.) I  love it. Great Hub.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)