Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Traditions

Our family has some traditions that we follow each year at Christmas time.  Many people have their own special things they do each year.  Here are some of our Holiday Traditions:

Each year, usually the day after Thanksgiving, we go up in the mountains and find and cut our Christmas tree. 

Trudging up the side of the mountain to look for the tree that was spotted from the road.

We decorate the tree the next day with all of our homemade and special  ornaments and a few extras if the tree is big.  Our oldest put the tree topper on for years so now that tradition has passed to the youngest child. 

We buy or make teacher gifts and wrap them up nice to deliver before Christmas break begins. This year we made coasters which was quite a challenge but turned out to be a great learning experience and cute gifts!  See the previous post for details!

We make cookies.  We always make cutouts with frosting and sprinkles, and sometimes Russian Tea cakes (also known as Mexican wedding cakes), and usually something new.  This year we used my mother in law's retro spritz cookie gun and make spritz cookies for the first time.  No pictures, we ate them already!  Still have to do the cutouts tomorrow!

We do something special on Christmas eve.  It could be going out to eat a nice meal, or going to a friends or having company over. 

The local park has a lights and caroling festival in early December that we attended this year.

The kids each open one gift on Christmas eve.  This one can NEVER be changed!  My son is currently trying to convince me that Christmas eve starts at 3pm!

We usually get in the car and drive around looking at the houses all decorated with lights.  There is one large neighborhood nearby that even has buses go through taking people! 

Christmas morning, we get up when the kids wake us up, come down in our pjs, light a fire, and take turns opening our gifts.  We start with our stockings. 

Christmas morning 2009

I take lots of pictures to scrapbook later.  I still have last years to get scrapped!  Oh no!  Life is getting ahead of me again! 

We make a nice dinner and get out the "good" dishes, candles, sparkling cider.  I think we are having a simple dinner this year.  We usually make ham. 

Christmas table 2009

Well, thats what we do at Christmas.  How about you?  I would love to hear what you do!

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Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

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Melissa Nesdahl said...

LOVE those coasters!


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