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Christmas Traditions

December 23, 2013

Is it really Christmas Eve Eve?  Where has this month gone?  I’m linking up (a few days late) to Kelly’s Korner for her “Christmas Traditions” link-up.  We seem to have several Christmas traditions that we enjoy…

  • We try to do nice things for others and help those in need all through the year.  At Christmas we try to do a little extra for someone in need.  I won’t tell you what we did this year (I don’t want to seem like I’m trying to toot my own horn for helping someone).  This is a great way to get kids involved and help them learn how good it feels to provide an unexpected blessing for someone.  
  • We have Christmas with my parents & my brother either before Christmas day or after and we always eat Mexican food (I have no idea how we got started eating Mexican food for Christmas!).  
  • On Christmas Eve we go out for Chinese food and then to the Christmas Eve service at church.  When we get home, Nick reads the Christmas story from the Bible and the kids open the gift that Brian got for them (he always chooses a gift that’s just from him).  Obviously we enjoy foods from around the world as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  :)
  • On Christmas morning we get up and open our gifts together before our families arrive (my parents & grandma and Brian’s parents come to our house – we stopped traveling on Christmas day when we had kids).  When they get here (usually around 10:00) we have a big breakfast together (with the same food every year – another tradition!), open gifts, and just enjoy the day together.
  • Sometime during the Christmas season we watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Brian’s favorite).
  • Sometime during Christmas break from school we take the kids to GameWorks and then eat at Don Pablos down on the river.  

Our kids have always loved traditions (not just at Christmas!).  I hope you have some fun family traditions as well.  If not, start one this year!

*For some reason I can’t link to Kelly’s Korner in the post so here’s a link to her post.  Lots of great Christmas traditions if you’re looking for one!

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