Growing up, what I remember most is Christmas Eve at my mom's parents house. It was a big party, full house. Then, we'd drive home, and Dad would say that the blinking red light on one of the towers was Rudolph so we had to hurry home and go to sleep so Santa would come. Of course, we knew it wasn't Rudolph (it was there every night) but we played along.
Christmas morning was spent at home with Mom and Dad and my brother and sister. We got up super early and opened gifts. Eventually, we'd head over to my dad's parents and have Christmas dinner there with that side of the family.
When we moved up north, that changed because we were hundreds of miles away from family, but I still remember the excitement of Christmas morning with the family, long after I stopped believing in Santa and all of that.
I always remember watching Christmas movies.
Still watch almost all of these every year.
Now, that I'm (supposed to be) grown up and have my own family, we've built our own traditions. Nothing horribly fancy or exciting, but it's what we do together. If we are in town, not visiting my family in the UP, we put up our Christmas tree and decorations the day after Thanksgiving. If we're gone, we do it as soon as we can when we return. (This year, I put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving and got soooooo much grief from the kids. It was ridiculous!)
On Christmas Eve, we go to church as a family. One or more of the kids are usually singing during the service, so that's lovely. After that, we head to the hubby's family to celebrate. The grandkids do a gift exchange. We visit, eat TONS of food, sing carols...and then it's time to head home.
We do Christmas morning at home. I can only think of one year we weren't home on Christmas morning as we'd gone to the UP early. For a long time, we'd open presents, eat breakfast, then pile in the car to drive to the UP and be there in time for Christmas dinner. It was insanity. Worth it so we could spend time with my side of the family, but INSANITY. We don't do that every year anymore.
But that's about it. We don't have tons of traditions - it's mostly about spending time together for us. So it gets busy and a little crazy, but the time is well spent.
Head on over to the other girls' blogs and see what traditions they have that are their favorites. I'm sure they do a bunch of fun stuff, and I'm going to look positively boring in comparison, but I'm okay with that. I like my holidays as they are. 🙂
Until next week!