Every family has a unique holiday traditions that binds the family members together. My family has for the last ten years since moving to Colorado started new traditions.
When my sister and her husband moved to Colorado after we did and bought a house we decided that our tradition was to have holiday dinners but we would trade off each year. This year she’s having Thanksgiving and I’m hosting Christmas.
My daughter and her husband want to host Christmas Eve this year since moving to a larger apartment. We are all going to buy a $10 present for a gift exchange that is unisex and not have a specific person for it. We will exchange gifts but if anyone else wants what we picked then we have to give it to them. It’s a fun and inexpensive gift exchange.
When the film “The Lord of the Rings” came out we all went to the movies for Christmas Eve and for the next 2 Christmas Eve after to see the sequels. We don’t go to the movies every Christmas Eve since some years the films aren’t what we want to see.
A Christmas morning tradition we have is we wake everyone up early to open our stockings. That tradition has been in our family from the beginning with our children. I never had Christmas stocking stuffers while growing up so with our kids I decided that would be our family tradition for Christmas. Stuffing the stockings is such fun. Each child got to pick their own stocking many years ago. One daughter picked hers for how pretty it was while the other daughter picked hers for how much it could hold. We still use those stockings plus have added more with our growing family.
Another tradition of ours is the Christmas breakfast. When we lived in California my sister would trade off each year to spend Christmas dinner at her in-laws so we devised this Christmas breakfast as a way to see her and to open presents with our immediate family. That tradition lives on here in Colorado today with my extended family. Breakfast consist of eggs, hash brown potatoes, bacon or sausage, and toasted bread. My daughter and son-in-law who live in Denver arrive early Christmas day or they will spend the night and we have the Christmas breakfast before open our presents.
If I’m hosting Christmas day, my sister and brother in-law arrive after lunch and we exchange gifts then have an early dinner. Dinner every year is the same since that is part of the tradition. Roast prime rib, mashed potatoes with gravy, a green vegetable such as broccoli or steamed cauliflower with white sauce, dinner rolls and for dessert apple pie. My sister will bring appetizers for munching before dinner.The continuity of the holiday traditions are important to binding families together