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I Want to Know About Your Christmas Traditions

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    Once Upon a Time

    When I was little it was the BEST! We'd go to my abuela's house on Christmas Eve and she would make Boliche, rice, black beans, platanos and tons of desserts like flan, bread pudding and candies. We would all come, all the cousins and distant cousins from every where. The front...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F Nov 18, 2008

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    Dirty Santa Gift Exchange

    Due to extended family's schedules, our bunch gathered at Ma's this weekend for the Family Holiday Night, since it couldn't be fit in next weekend. On this FHN, it is traditional for the family to have a gift exchange. But we put a slight twist to it! Only one gift per person...
    emerald emerald 36-40, F 7 Responses Dec 20, 2010

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    Santa's Footprints

    My wife and I start Christmas morning off by watching the kids search the house for Santa's Footprints.  It's awesome watching how excited they get!  The link below is where we got them: santasfootprints.com
    martygras9 martygras9 26-30 Dec 15, 2008

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    I Still Love to Carol

    I hate fruitcake. I love fudge and we always have chocolate covered cherries while we decorate the tree. I make chocolate covered pretzels and buckeyes while the kids put the ornaments on. We all pitch in and put our own little gifts in each stocking....then try to guess who...
    lainee lainee 46-50, F Dec 13, 2007

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    Let's See What I Can Remember.

    growing up (pre-parents' divorce and resulting fall-out) Christmas was absolutely wonderful. part of it was because i was a child and didn't have to worry about a single thing except opening present after present. my parents spoiled me and my brother with regards to material...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 14, 2007

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    Here's Mine...

    Since I don't have work or school, and practically everything is closed... I get up, mill around for awhile, read, watch some tv, then go back to bed. That's all.
    drcynic drcynic 26-30, M Dec 14, 2007

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    I Love Christmas

    I love christmas it has to be the favorite time of the year for me.  The music, the smells, everything...I just love it In my family we usually get a reall tree every year, the whole family piles into the car and goes driving around to find that perfect tree.  Then...
    bellamomma bellamomma 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2008

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    2 of My Christmas Traditions

    Ever November 1st - I start my Christmas decorating and the wife starts baking and freezing Christmas treats. 3 weeks before Christmas she will start phoning our friends, neighbors and our grounds keeping customers to tell them when our Christmas open house starts. It runs for 2...
    Nanoose Nanoose 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 16, 2007

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    It Was Good And Has Changed A Little

    We had a tradition of where my grandparents would come over about a week to two before Christmas and they would bring their presents for each of the grand kids, it was so grandma could watch each of the kids open their presents.  She loved doing that. Then Christmas eve it...
    mtvlm mtvlm 41-45, M 2 Responses Dec 11, 2010

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    Complex.

    As a child, I always spent Christmas eve night at home with my mom, brother and sister.  In the morning we'd be up at 5 AM to open presents, mountains and mountains of presents.  We'd cook a huge breakfast and eat.  Then, around noon, my dad would come pick me...
    BellasHappyPlace BellasHappyPlace 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2009

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    Favorite TraditionEvery year Christmas does

    start....at least in my kind until I`ve seen the movie Christmas Vacation. Usually I do this by myself, its like my own little tradition...tonight I saw it for the first time this year...it is an entirely...utterly hilarious movie....I love it....it brings out my Christmas...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    Christmas Cookies

    I bake them, I buy them, we trade them and then... I EAT THEM ALL.  my favorite part, well, except for the cute small childrens' faces and the santa clause thing.  my kids are past that, so back to me and my cookies!
    FiFiDelmar FiFiDelmar 46-50, F Nov 18, 2008

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    My Christmas Tradition

    Christmas Eve When I was young; My family had Christmas Dinner first, then we watched tv. When the clock hit midnight; we open the christmas presents then go to sleep. My family tradition is simple and peaceful. Few times in Lebanon, we Invited one of our neighbors for christmas...
    LittleLena LittleLena 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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    Sleeping By The Tree

    Each year, on the weekend before Christmas, I pull my matress out to the living room. My son, now 11, and I bring out our sleeping bags, and lots of pillows. We also stock up on board games, Christmas books, and Christmas movies, and of course plenty of snacks!!! With the lights...
    Brokenwolf00 Brokenwolf00 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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    Before Christmas

    the day before Christmas a German tradition is too put gummey bears in your family shoes good old saint nick
    mrfuzzy mrfuzzy 18-21 Sep 9, 2012

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    The Night Before Christmas.....

    My parents would allow us all to open one gift on Christmas Eve just before we got ready for sleep.   My mom would always have the presents put to the side.   Every year it was the same thing-new pajamas, robe and slippers.   She wanted us to look our best in any...
    Tsavorite Tsavorite 51-55, F 1 Response Oct 5, 2010

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    My Bailey's & Bailey's Night

    I never used to watch this movie - no particular reason, just wasn't moved to. Then one year, a very bad year for me personally, I ended up watching it on Christmas Eve. Now it has such a special place in my heart, and holds such meaning for me, especially the ending. So...
    HappyHappyJoyJoy HappyHappyJoyJoy 41-45, F Dec 15, 2007

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    Dashing Through The Streets...

    Here's a snapshop of my yearly Christmas routine -- (to be heard to the tune of Jingle Bells) Huuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... (tuning up) Dashing through the streeeeeeeeeeets... In a beat up mini vaaaaaaaan... Searching for some deeeeeeeeeals... And spending all I caaaaaaaaan...
    honeybit honeybit 56-60, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2010

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    It Should Be X-mas

    I want to take the Christ out of Christmas.  There should be two holidays, the religious one and the commercial one.  They should be separate and distinct.  I think they both have there place, but it shouldn't be mixed together.  We need a X-mas and a...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 3 Responses Dec 14, 2009

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    Once Upon A December

    My family doesn't have too many traditions I suppose. There are 3 main traditions. First tradition: basically - splurge. Splurge splurge splurge. Since we are a family of six, we figure we don't have enough money to get everyone gifts so what we do is use the Secret Santa game in...
    YukaPlant YukaPlant 18-21, F Apr 25, 2011

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    Mmm

    Before my dad retired, he sometimes had to work Christmas. (24/24 shifts). So... if he worked that Christmas, we would always celebrate the day before. I guess it became a tradition because now we always celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. My dad always makes a really good...
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2008

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    Beautiful Christmas Tradition. /nude

    Every year my dad and I go out to find the perfect tree this year was no different.  We set off to find one the beginning of week,and found a beautiful 6ft tree  already cut (shape@hight).   This year my beautiful girlfriend wanted to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 25, 2008

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    Mommy, Can I Please Open A Present?

    This is more funny than anything. It was something I did to get my then almost 4 year old daughter to quit asking to open a present before Christmas. OK. So my little girl is like begging me to let her open a present. And I do mean BEGGING!!! I laugh and say no. She asks again. I...
    ScatteredGrapes ScatteredGrapes 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 30, 2011

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    Christmas and Yule

    I celebrate both with different family members.   We have many traditions.   One of our odd ones is to watch PeeWees christmas special almost every year.  :D  My 3 favorite christmas movies are still "Peewee's christmas Special", "...
    MissLily MissLily 31-35, F Nov 28, 2008

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    Christmas Traditions

    Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, it really brings out the nostalgic romantic in me. I love: Cutting down out own Christmas tree, and then realising that at 18 feet it is slightly too tall to fit in our living room. I love having the cats 'help...
    bluemooon bluemooon 19-21, F Dec 16, 2007

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    Every Single Year.

    Every year on Christmas Eve my family does the same thing. My Granddad drives us to a little shop on the outskirts of New Plymouth that sells Christmas decorations and trees. We spend about an hour looking around at all the bright lights and little Christmas scenes. Usually...
    samsambamalam samsambamalam 16-17, F Oct 26, 2008

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    Letters From Father Christmas

    Tolkien's letters from Father Christmas is something that has sent my son off to sleep for many many Christmases, we wore out the version on cassette and had to get it on CD. Narrated by father Christmas and the North Polar Bear it tells a wonderful tale of childhood Christmases...
    Inspector999 Inspector999 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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    A Montréal Christmas Eve

    As with many families, even though they get along relatively well, our Holidays were pretty much segregated and we spent most Christmas with my mom's family and New Years Eve with my dad's... which was probably a good thing since things are already packed with only one side of...
    AwkwardMoment AwkwardMoment 31-35 Jun 21, 2008

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    Some Traditional Christmas Traditions!

     TRADITIONSBuying of an Advent Calendar I could say that the tradition of buying an Advent Calendar is for my son but this is not the case! *blush*. I have always brought an Advent Calendar and will always continue to do so. I do buy a Calendar for my son also but he opens...
    liguidgold liguidgold 41-45, F 6 Responses Dec 15, 2011

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    Christmas Socks

    Every year growing up on Christmas day mom would always buy each of us a pair of socks and they'd hang under the tree with change in the toes... It probably sounds silly but it's one of my most treasured memories of her.
    SRayne SRayne 41-45 3 Responses Oct 6, 2008

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    A "one Time" Tradition

    Many years ago--I went with two of my brothers, and a good family friend to get our family Christmas tree.  For as long as I could remember my parents put the tree up on Christmas Eve-we talked our parents into letting us get the tree and putting it up early.  They...
    donewiththis donewiththis 51-55 1 Response Jan 29, 2010

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    Thanks For The Memories Mom And Dad!

    HUGE Christmas village that wrapped around our living room. My parents would spend hours setting it up and it got a little bigger every year. I remember standing on the piano bench as a little girl, gazing eye level with that village imagining I lived there. I remember the fake...
    1down5up 1down5up 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 4, 2012

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    Stumps Of Life

    My parents always get a live Christmas tree, despite the swearing and the mess associated with uprighting it in its stand. I love the smell of the pine tree in the family room. My dad always cuts off about an inch of the bottom of the tree trunk. I think that's so water will...
    Mary1283 Mary1283 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 16, 2011

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    Not That Much

    We get a tree about a week or two before Christmas. Now we have a fake tree because my mom hates the pine needles. We decorate it usually a week before Christmas, but in modern times, it's been a day or two before because we don't have time. We usually have some sort of meal...
    rainnsnow rainnsnow 22-25, F Jul 23, 2012

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    Queen Speech

    It's always tradition in our house for us all to gather around the Tv and watch the Queen Speech. I don't mind, we've usually just come back from a big, fancy lunch somewhere nearby and just want to sit down and watch the tv. As it's that time, we watch the Queen Speech. Always...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 14, 2007

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    The Filla Family

     the day starts out great...moms food smelling awesome,finishing up the pies.. snacking on yummy finger foods until dinner time.Painstakingly cleaning all moms good dishes and setting them out.(sampling whatever alcohol is on hand). Sit down to eat and all the drama starts...
    blackcat blackcat 22-25, F Dec 16, 2007

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    In My Family...

    ... christmas isn't really traditionally, but what we always have is the same christmas dinner on christmas eve. My whole family - my grandpa, my aunt and uncle, my parents & my husband and me - have spaghetti with sweet tomato-sauce and sausages before we open up our gifts...
    Indielicous Indielicous 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 21, 2008

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    Every Year I Have a Special...

    Every year I have a special welcome guest for christmas dinner. From a home of some kind or somebody down on their luck with no extended family. Christmas to me is a time of giving and this year we had some very severe storms and a lot of people have been left homeless from the...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 25, 2008

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    Ten Traditions

    I'm writing this because I feel like I'm missing out on the Christmas activities this year since I'm in college and I have to stay and take finals, so I don't get to go home until six days before Christmas, and the days leading up to Christmas is my favorite part. I ...
    TotalEclipse TotalEclipse 16-17 1 Response Dec 15, 2008

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    Spending Time With Family and Friends.

    My boyfriend and I so celebrate Christmas but for other reasons other than the Christian beliefs. I am Wiccan and my boyfriend is an atheist. We do have our own traditions for Christmas though. Every Christmas eve, we go and check out Christmas lights, with a hot cup of hot...
    eastsidechick eastsidechick 26-30, F Jan 3, 2008

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    Well...

    Usually a few days before Christmas (usually two days before Christmas Eve) my dad comes up to visit and brings me a present, and he leaves the night before Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Eve, I go to my older stepsister's house, and my stepfamily plus my mom and her parents...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 9, 2008

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    I Want to Know About Others...

    I want to know about others traditions.   Here's mine.   Christmas eve, we set up the tree, and open 1 present before going to bed.    
    evilkittymew evilkittymew 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2008

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    Really Have Nove Any More

    as a young couple we always bought new rings this time of years as we always redid our wedding vows on the 27 th of the month the only time we did not was 1966 and we did then in a base chapel in viet nam on 1/2/1967 but she was killed 1/14/1967 i was reported killed 1/13 1967...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Dec 20, 2011

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