Maybe not the most appropriate song for a post about Family or Traditions, but now you can't stop singing it, can you?
I wasn't going to post tonight, because, I didn't think I had anything to post about. So after reading my friend Leah's blog (http://avenuesmom.wordpress.com/2009/12/22/tuesdays-nine-christmas-traditions/#comment-67) I realize I do have something to post about!
Christmas time family traditions! I love Christmas and I LOVE traditions. I love having them and I love knowing what other peoples are. So below are some of ours, do we share any of the same ones?
The Saturday before Christmas my entire family gets together to celebrate. We eat, exchange presents, watch all the boys (and a few girls) play football, and watch football, and laugh. We talk about family members that have passed and we dream about the family members that we will all add. We have a wrapping paper fight and we eat some more. And some of us mgiht just dance to a certain Mariah Carey song. And when I hear that Mariah Carey song at any time during the Christmas season, I may cry. But that would be silly, who does that?
We get an ornament with each childs name and date each year or if we travel to some place new. After we pick up our tree we go to Hallmark and the boys will pick out their own yearly ornament.
Christmas Eve dinner is our big dinner. And Christmas morning...oh Christmas morning!! It used to start very early and then I got older and the morning started later. But I have a feeling that Christmas morning is going to start early and will continue that way for the next 18 years or so. Stockings are first. We have never been able to only fill one stocking. Everyone has an overflow bag under their stocking! Stockings RULE! Then it's time for presents and then breakfast! Mimosas, bagels and lox.
Somwhere there is always chocolate/peanut butter fudge. We also have our new advent calendar!!
My dad and I used to do stocking shopping on Christmas eve. That stopped for several reasons a few years back...but this will return next year. I hope he is prepared! He got a train for Q (&B) and has decided that Santa needs to add to it every year. Q LOVES it! Maybe he was hoping this would get him out of shopping on Christmas Eve, because honestly, who wants to be shopping on Christmas Eve?
And since we now have kids we will be adding a new tradition: assembling things on Christmas eve! Oh boy?! Is that a good idea?
My neighbor and I have decided that we will store eachothers Santas presents at the others house. That gives us an excuse to get together pre Christmas and drink wine and wrap presents. Yeah! A new tradition!
Oh! We always put up a tree!
I am sure I am missing some...but now it's late and I am tired. I also have a baby that is not feeling 100%. Therefore mommy needs her sleep so she can be prepared for what the night may bring.
So tell me...what are your family traditions?