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Family Christmas Holiday Traditions

Updated on November 19, 2016

Christmas Traditions

Traditions effect us all. It doesn't matter if you celebrate Christmas through Christianity, Hanukkah (the festival of lights), Kwanzaa, Krishna, or any of the other many religions out there... even if you do not celebrate any holiday at all... we all have traditions for this time of year.

My family has always celebrated Christmas loudly and proudly, with everyone coming together and lending a hand in anything that needs it. We rarely have to ask for help because we just know when something needs doing, and we jump in and do it. The holiday season is such a special time of year for family and friends, and the spirit of giving. Always wanting to put a big smile on someones face and in their heart so you can feel the gratification that is the true meaning of Christmas.

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Something New

It's never a bad thing to start a new tradition. As families grow in age and size, they start having their own dinners and Christmas traditions... some will pass down and some will become their own.

Last year I hid a present within the tree but never told anybody about it... then after all of the presents were opened, I revealed that I had hidden one within the tree somewhere and it was up to that person to find it. I also did that this year, only there are more people involved in my little scheme hehehe! This year I did something new though, and I actually wrapped one of the presents. Last year, the one I hid was open and just within the tree and decorations, which made it extremely hard to locate. I have a very strong feeling this will become something that will be happening every year... and I know it'll kick me in the butt when it comes back to me.....Oh the joys of Christmas :)

Did you see the hidden present in the tree?

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Mother Natures way of tree decorating

Mother Natures way of tree decorating
Mother Natures way of tree decorating

Make your tree the star of the show

Kurt Adler 10-Light 10-Inch Capiz Classical Multi-Pointed Bethlehem Star Treetop
Kurt Adler 10-Light 10-Inch Capiz Classical Multi-Pointed Bethlehem Star Treetop

This beautiful northern star tree topper is the perfect way to finish off your Christmas holiday tree. Let the spirit of the holiday shine over you.

 

Our First Tradition

The very first tradition at our home, is putting up our tree and decorating the house. We try to have it done by the first week of December, sometimes at the end of November if I can get away with it.

Dad and I will string up the lights together. Then I will pick one of the kids to be my special helper for the garland. They will hold the tree garland, and follow me around the tree, as I place it. Then we all have a hand in putting up all of the beautiful Christmas ornaments we have been gathering for years. We have the glass ones that were purchased from the store and of course also the wonderful ones that our children have made throughout the years.

We ALWAYS play Christmas music and sing while we decorate our tree. Decorating the Christmas tree is one of those events that I look forward to every single year.

A Children's Winter Wonderland

A Children's Winter Wonderland
A Children's Winter Wonderland

Do you celebrate Christmas?

Do you celebrate Christmas?

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An Unspoken Tradition

I remember sitting beside the window when I was a little girl, thinking that I would go through an entire winter without having the joy of being able to go out and play in the snow. I drove my mom absolutely nuts asking her when it was supposed to snow, when it was going to snow, and if it was ever going to snow.

Not to mention how much I complained about how unfair it was that there was no snow at all yet that season. I had the biggest, saddest puppy dog eyes when I looked at her and was asking these questions (I think that my looking so darned cute is the only way I survived being such an annoyance on the issue that season).

The very first day of snow is always an exciting one for all children who live in a part of the world where snow is the staple of winter:

Being able to build a snowman, picking just the right carrot for his nose, and the joy of being able to add last years scarf and toque that are just a tad to small onto the new creation.

Laying on the ground and making that perfect snow angel as they stick out their tongue to catch the delicious flakes that happen upon it.

A fort, far better than last years, to hide behind as they battle by throwing snowballs back and forth.

Who can be the fastest this year, as they speed down the best snow hill around town on their crazy carpets, sleds and GT Snow Racers.

Driving to your favourite ski hill to catch that first powder, or freshly groomed, black diamond run. Testing your time and endurance as you fly over the moguls.

Traditions like these don't need a religious background of any kind and they vary just as much as the personalities of those who enjoy doing them. Let's not forget about that nice mug of hot chocolate when we come back inside from the cold, and how it warms our tummy's so.

GT Snow Racer

Flexible Flyer PT Blaster
Flexible Flyer PT Blaster

Be the fastest down the hill out of all of your friends with this supreme GT Snow Racer. Great for precision steering to hit that bump just right!

 

Even the furry kids love the snow

Even the furry kids love the snow
Even the furry kids love the snow

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An Early Christmas Gift

After endless days of me asking if I could open a present early, the time had finally come... Christmas Eve was finally here. Every Christmas Eve I always got to open one present. My mom would pull out 2 or 3 of them and let me pick which one I wanted to open. Waiting for Christmas Eve was almost as exciting as Christmas Day itself.

I have continued this tradition with my kids, since I loved it so much. My kids sure don't ask nearly as much as I did about opening one early though (I was a real stinker). They are happy enough with knowing that they get to open one early.

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Don't forget the mistletoe
Don't forget the mistletoe

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas is a wonderful Christmas classic that all children love to hear around the holiday season.

 

The Night Before Christmas

Once the Eve of Christmas is upon us, we've seen Santa drive by on the fire truck, and the kids have all been bathed and are ready for bed... our family loves to read The Night Before Christmas. This book gets brought out every Christmas holiday for one night of the year.

We have the lights on the tree glowing in front of us as we all sit on the couch. It's a great way to calm the kids for a nice and easy (or as easy as it can be) bedtime before Christmas.

After the kids have gone to bed, the adults sit back, enjoy a nice rum and eggnog and watch It's a Wonderful Life.

It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector's Gift Set And Limited Edition Ornament)
It's a Wonderful Life (Two-Disc Collector's Gift Set And Limited Edition Ornament)

This fabulous holiday classic movie, all about being thankful for what we have, makes a perfect Christmas tradition. Watch it again and again and again....

 

Does your family read or watch a special Christmas story?

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My kids' favourite Christmas movies:

Mickey's Christmas Carol, 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
Mickey's Christmas Carol, 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)

A Mickey's Christmas Carol, the beauty of Christmas and all the magic it holds combined with children's favorite cartoon characters to make up an award winning adaptation of this classic Christmas Story.

 

What is the meaning of Christmas to you?

What is the meaning of Christmas to you?

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The Polar Express is my favourite Christmas movie

The Polar Express (Single Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo)
The Polar Express (Single Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray Combo)

The Polar Express was the first Christmas movie to be made through computer animation, and with so many of the effects being so realistic, this has been a fan favorite since it came through theaters. Now you can enjoy this wonderful, heart-warming Christmas tale.

 

Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery
Beautiful scenery

Tell me all about your family's holiday traditions

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      Fay Favored 

      3 years ago from USA

      Watching it snow on Christmas Eve with a nice fire going to keep warm. Having a cup of hot chocolate and watching holidays movies with my husband.

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      JoleneBelmain 

      4 years ago

      @sousababy: Those sound like beautiful Christmas traditions sousababy. I am from Canada as well, and could never imagine having Christmas without snow. I love looking out of the window at the beautiful, white wonderland that is before me. Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year :)

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      We make sure to leave food and water out for the reindeer and have cookies and hot cocoa out for Santa. We track Santa online (the official NORAD Santa Tracker) and we cuddle up and watch holiday movies. In the morning, we open gifts and have a beautifully lavish brunch. Later, we enjoy the snow and make a snowman (there's usually snow here in Canada).

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      JoleneBelmain 

      5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: I couldn't agree with you more... I always have the tree blinking, and will watch it until it is time for bed. The lights must always be multi coloured (otherwise it's just too plain for me). I love watching it snow, and as long as I don't have to drive on the highway, I don't mind driving through town with the snow. Such a magical time of year :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I love sitting and watching the Christmas tree blink. I also love the heavy snow on the trees outside so long as I don't have to go out into it.

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      5 years ago

      @PromptWriter: That is a really cool tradition I have never heard of before... thank-you for sharing a new and exciting Christmas tradition we may also take part in :)

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      Moe Wood 

      5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      My husband and I go to the theater on Christmas day for the last fifteen years.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      We always had a traditional Christmas when I was growing up, and I did the same for my children. Now that they are all grown and have lives of their own (and I have 3 grandchildren), it not that easy to plan one day for Christmas, for us all to get together, but we try. - I hope you'll have many wonderful Christmases and memories to cherish. - Blessed! :)

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      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      @yourselfempowered: I am glad you enjoyed your tour around what our family's traditions are, always glad to share, family is so important, as are the traditions that include them :)

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      What a wonderful, wonderful lens! I wish I'd seen it before I completed my SquidAngel quest! But, I now have one to nominate for one of the other quests. ;) Really love this one! Heartily blessed! :)

    • JoleneBelmain profile imageAUTHOR

      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: We are very fond of our traditions... I think they are great to have for the holidays. So many wonderful things to look forward to :)

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      JoleneBelmain 

      6 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Wishing your family a great Christmas season as well :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Love your Xmas traditions! Wishes for a grand one soon enough! Only a fortnight's wait! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Your Christmas tree is absolutely beautiful. I hope you have an amazing Christmas season.

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