Christmas Traditions.

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Christmas Traditions.

Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
What Christmas traditions do you do every year?
11/11/2010
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~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Every xmas sine I was born...my family has done every single one of these things:

-I have three xmas's every year (immediate family, extended on mom's side, and extended on dad's side)
-We get and decorate a real tree
-Hide and find the pickle in the tree
-Have stockings
-I am German so we celebrate Kris Kringle as well
-Cookies and milk for Santa
-The 30 day chocolate calender countdown
-Make tons of cookies
-Put up outside lights
-Go down Candy Cane lane in Chicago
-We have a white elephant gift exchange
-Watch It's a Wonderful Life
-Gifts of course!
-Holiday shopping at the largest mall in the USA (NOT Mall of America)

I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them.
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Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
Every xmas sine I was born...my family has done every single one of these things:

-I have three xmas's every year (immediate family, extended on mom's side, and extended on dad's side)
-We get and decorate a real tree
-Hide ...
Hide and find the pickle in the tree?
I'm very intrigued.
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~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Kimbertrees
Hide and find the pickle in the tree?
I'm very intrigued.
I figured not everyone would know about that one!

It is a tradition that has come to be known as German (Weihnachtsgurke), but it actually isn't. It's like fortune cookies...everyone thinks they are Chinese but they were actually invented in California. There are flaws with the German pickle myth and the actual origin is unknown...more info here: link

On Christmas eve a pickle ornament is hidden deep in the xmas tree by my parents.
On Christmas day the first child to find the pickle in the tree is considered the sharpest and is awarded an extra gift.

Now that my siblings and I are older, we don't get a gift...we just get a pat on the head from my dad. BUT, both my Irish and German sides of the family do this tradition every year. I know my mother did it as a kid (she is the Irish one) and I believe she passed it on to my Oma (the German one) by buying her a Waterford glass pickle.

So...yea!
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Kimbertrees Kimbertrees
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I figured not everyone would know about that one!

It is a tradition that has come to be known as German (Weihnachtsgurke), but it actually isn't. It's like fortune cookies...everyone thinks they are Chinese but they were actually ...
I absolutely love that idea! I think I might be buying a pickle ornament this year...
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~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Kimbertrees
I absolutely love that idea! I think I might be buying a pickle ornament this year...
You totally should. I would feel very special if I passed it on!
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
Topsy's popcorn from Kansas City! (A tradition that went back to my parents' childhoods in Kansas City - a canister of Topsy's caramel/cheese/cinnamo n popcorn was the SIGNAL that the holidays were in full swing!)
The entire family decorates the house and tree.
Dad cusses while untangling light cords as my Mother directs him to put them up (my Dad let my ex-husband do it one year ... my ex didn't speak to my Father for three days after being 'helped' by my Mother).
The man of the family puts the star on the tree (my Father while living in FL, my ex while living in MT).
Backaches from sitting on the floor to wrap presents.
Adding more glitter paint to the stockings (my brother's tradition).
Mini-stockings for the pets (you haven't lived until you can fit the name 'Voldemort' onto a mini-stocking cuff).
'A Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas'.
Britcom Christmas specials (my Dad, ex, and myself).
Putting up ALL the cards from previous years (I never liked this tradition, as the numbers are now astronomical).
Walk the neighborhood to look at the neighbors' light displays (again, you haven't lived until you see light-wrapped palm trees and plastic flamingos wearing Santa hats).
Peppermint ice cream.
Egg nog.
Baking cookies, making peppermint bark, etc.
One present opened on Christmas Eve.
When my Mother worked nights as an RN, she would come home on Christmas morning and fill the stockings, then announce that we were ready to open presents.
Present-opening was from youngest to oldest, one at a time, so we can appreciate what we got and thank the person who gifted it.
Pancake breakfast, followed by dinner prep.

Traditions I had with my ex while living in Montana -
The Britcoms, as mentioned.
Cutting our own tree in the national park. ($5 permit was better than shelling out $100 at the tree-stand.)
Presents from fictional characters. (I once got a Boris V. calendar from John Carter and Dejah Thoris.)
Plum pudding.
Watching the town Christmas parade.

(Sorry for the 'text wall'.)
11/11/2010
shill619 shill619
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Originally posted by Kimbertrees
What Christmas traditions do you do every year?
Every year, my kids and me put up our tree right after Halloween! We like to turn our home into a winter wonderland. We do lots of art projects to add to our decorations. We string lights outside. Lots of baking & lots of cooking!! and giving, giving, giving!!!!
11/11/2010
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Wow...to list everything we do for Christmas may be hard.

*Holiday really starts when I go shopping on Black Friday every year lol
*I always go overboard for Christmas (that's a given)
*We always have a Christmas tree
*Stockings hung on the fireplace
*I decorate inside and hubby does the outside
*Lots of baking cookies - everyone gets cookies from me
*We have breakfast with Santa every year
*We ride the firetrucks with Santa every year as well
*Santa benefits with cookies and milk & Rudolph gets a carrot
*We have Christmas Eve dinner & gift exchange with the in-laws
*Christmas Eve we always go to the local drive-thru Christmas Lights Show
*Christmas morning kids must sit & wait on the steps for adults to get up - rare occasions hubby wants to get in the water and wakes em all up to move it along lmao
*Lots of laughter and gifts for everyone - kids open first then hubby & me
*Stockings are always opened last lol
*Lots of Mommy open this for me! I hate those plastic twist ties on toys!
*Hubby leaves about then - 2nd job of commercial fishing - if his tags aren't done he has to be in the water catching more
*We have Christmas dinner at Grandma's house with extended family gifts there too
*Have a special dinner for hubby after fishing is done - just the two of us
*Then hubby and I cuddle on the couch watching the messy living room crawl with kids running here and there playing
*I always watch The Grinch (cartoon) with the kids
*Hubby watches A Christmas Story every year
*I like watching Miracle on 34th Street as well as A Christmas Carol

Sure there's a ton more but haven't gotten into Christmas gear yet I have to cook for Thanksgiving first lol
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