Before my kids were born I started the holiday tradition of exchanging ornaments on Christmas Eve with my husband. When my kids came along, we continued the tradition. As a child, I always got to open one present on Christmas Eve so I wanted to continue that tradition with my own kids. I much prefer they open something small though. I was able to pick from a few but the big ones came out after I was in bed. I like the ornament idea because I add their name and the yr we gave them the ornament to the bottom or another available spot. It will be fun to look back on ornaments we’ve given them throughout different phases of their lives. Like when they liked Dora and Diego. They also have ornaments to truly call their own throughout the years.
Another tradition is to go to my mother’s-in-law for dinner. We are forever guaranteed that their will be an abundance of home cooking at Granny’s (as the kids call her) house. The staple is homemade macaroni and cheese that is a must-have for the kids. I love the homemade stuffing/dressing. The love and laughter in the home on that day is palpable. It’s hard to go home to a quiet house after all of the commotion (said in the most loving way) that is had at Granny’s house. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What part of the holiday do you embrace? What traditions do you love?