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Different Christmas Things You Do That Others Don't

Discussion in 'Christmas Decorations' started by Adam, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. trackrebel

    trackrebel candy cane hustla MMC Lifer

    christmas eve is usually the same with us every year.....we drive over to my mother´s to go to church from there....then we went to my grandparents opening presents and then to our place to have Wieners and Potato Salad and then opening presents...not sure how it will be this year after my Opa (grandpa) passed away this January and my uncle almost never comes over to even say hello to grandma....even tho he lives in the house behind hers....

    anyhow...Christmas Day is often spent at hour place with me cooking along with dad...or we go to my brother´s always varies...there we usually do the regular stuff....watching christmas movies sometimes, listening to Christmas music, playing with the kids and just talk and joke and kid around...nothing unusual.......on Christmas 2009 tho.....the 2nd Christmas Day, Dec 26th we decided to go Germany´s best amusement Park......the Europa was just fabulous...everything decorated......even the roller coasters and the haunted house was christmassy....a Christmas Parade, we watched a Charles Dickens Christmas story in the Globe theater....built after that Shakespear thing in England.....only to come out of it in the dark and being overwhelmed by looking at all the lights....perfect.....if I could I would make this my Christmas tradition!!!
  2. novelist

    novelist Mistletoeologist MMC Lifer

    :roll:My husband and I open one small gift on Thanksgiving. it's our way of starting off the holiday season. I think it's a cute idea, but when I tell people, they look at me like I'm crazy!
  3. Leighlansmummyx

    Leighlansmummyx Tinsel Straightener MMC Member

    In my family we just visit close family, watch lots of christmas films with a hot chocolate on the sofa with the yankee candles lit :) we usually cook gammon on christmas eve & have for supper. this year will be my little boys 3rd christmas so its quite special because he should understand a bit more this year ... x
  4. irishsnow

    irishsnow Dang Near Santa Himself MMC Lifer

    Every Christmas Eve I light a candle in the window to welcome the baby Jesus into the world

  5. sublimesting

    sublimesting Twinkle Light Checker MMC Member

    I inexplicably read Rip Van Winkle every Christmas Eve. I don't know why but I've been doing it every Christmas Eve since I was 8. I'm 37 now.
  6. nachtmusik

    nachtmusik Christmas Fan MMC Member

    Our house is painted white and there are pillars holding up the roof over the porch. Every year for as long as I can remember, we've wrapped this red plastic ribbon-ish stuff around the pillars to make them look like candy canes.

    Other than that, though, we're pretty typical. We swap the standard Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners around, though, and cook a ham on Thanksgiving and a turkey on Christmas. This is because my grandma always has celebrations for both holidays at her house, so this way we're less likely to get horribly sick of Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas ham.
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  7. joyful

    joyful MMC Emeritus Member

    I started doing Christmas Eve dinner back in the late 1970's when my kids were little. I realized that Christmas Day usually had me in the kitchen and hubby was with the kids in the living room enjoying their day with them. So I started doing Christmas Eve dinner and still have it on Christmas Eve only now the kids come with their families to enjoy with us.
    It gives the kids something to pass the time on Christmas Eve when anticipation is running high and also we are together.
    Everyone dresses up like we are going out and we give each other our best. I set a grand table lit with plenty of candles. Before we eat my husbands offers up a prayer of thanksgiving and love for God.
    Then Christmas Day, I don't have to work in the kitchen. I can enjoy the day.

    I'm so glad I started this tradition, my Mother always did her dinner on Christmas Day but she liked my Christmas Eve dinners and my Dad and Mom were always overnight guest on Christmas Eve. A tradition that has stopped but they will always be with us in our hearts.
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  8. angelpugs

    angelpugs Fruit Cake Baker Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Christmas Talk Alum

    My tradition is simple but,country i guess,we have our woodstove going which in new england those are a must,and i have my grandmothers hot chocolate recipe going on it,we watch White Christmas and have things like cheese and crackers and of course my own homemade confections.It just being a few of us we unwrap one gift and we exchange christmas cards,as i always have things out like mixed nuts,fruit,also some of my homemade breads sliced up and cookies.We just munch through as we girls prep things for our christmas dinner which is a ham,sweet potato's,white potato's,deviled eggs,homemade biscuits,two vegetables of choice,applesauce,pickles.Usually though before dark we'll go out sledding and building the snowman just enjoying the snow then inside for grandma's hot chocolate and enjoying that time together.-tree-
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  9. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    Mr. and I are probably the only ones who screen 16mm Christmas films during the holiday season, including a few reels that we save especially for Christmas Eve every year. Some of the films we have aren't available on video, and some of them look even more stunning than the DVD. It's a real treat to see those each year!
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  10. Skippy1707

    Skippy1707 Chestnut Roaster MMC Premiere Member MMC Member

    I do this with my kids......when they get their stockings - that tells them what paper they have their gifts downstairs wrapped in.

    I cook dinner on Xmas eve and prepare the veg so on Christmas day I literally just have to turn the cooker on which means I get to have more time with my husband and children.

    I make a Christmas Eve box for them every year - in it is stuff to keep them entertained on Xmas is usually things like hot chocolate sachets, goodies to watch a film with, a movie, a blanket, christmas cookies to bake for santa , an envelope with a few pound in to go and buy milk, carrots and apples, (this year Im hoping to put a token for a film at the local cinema.... ) reindeer food, their stockings ready, christmas plate and a copy of the night before christmas........then when they are about to have their baths for the night on Xmas Eve I give them new pyjamas and husband gets a new set too.

    Xmas eve we go to my mother in laws to exchange gifts. She only lives across the road from us so we nip in there and stay for a cup of tea and have a chat and let her dog Crystal open her present.

    Then when I go to bed on Xmas Eve, I make sure when I have filled their stockings that I leave them under the tree in the hallway - and the lights that are run by a little battery pack are turned on and the lights that are wrapped round the bannister are on too so when they wake up to check its all lit and magical looking.

    Then Xmas day , we come downstairs first and have breakfast which is usually a treat day so its normally waffles, or pancakes that Ive premade the day before, husband has a proper coffee and I have tea.....then we sit and open all our presents together....then once the kids are done and the paper is cleared up we let the dogs open their gifts which always is fun to watch.
  11. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North Christmas Crew MMC Lifer Knights in the Service of Santa MMC Donor Louann Jeffries Award

    I'm pretty sure that nobody else but me and Mr. spend Christmas Eve evening screening Christmas reels of 16mm film---old Castle films, Christmas movies and cartoons, and a rare old kinescope from 1949. We run them right up to the stroke of midnight to welcome in Christmas Day. Christmas Eve or Christmas is the only time most of these special reels come out and hit the screen. It's a peculiar tradition, but we really enjoy it!

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