One of my favorite things about Christmas is all of the traditions that we do each year. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. We have virtually every meal leading up to Christmas planned. Christmas eve morning we have crepes with strawberries and whipped cream. For lunch, we have tamales (this is a recent addition to the list of traditions). For dinner we have corn/clam chowders and cold-cut sandwiches. For breakfast on Christmas day we have cinnamon rolls and oranges. We usually snack on left-overs for lunch and have a fancy dinner of some kind. I love food!
2. We make a gingerbread house almost every year. Except, it's rare that we actually make a house. A few of our creations include a barn, log cabin, Tahitian village, church, castle, mansion, fishing cottage, town square, and various others. This year we have plans for a pirate ship; we'll see if it comes to fruition.
3. Each Christmas eve night we sing carols around the piano, act out the nativity story, and open one present (often it's pajamas).
4. On Christmas morning we take turns opening presents one at a time, partly to extend the fun, but mostly to enjoy the looks on people's faces as they open each present.
5. We watch LOTS of Christmas movies: A Muppet Christmas Carol, White Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (the new one), Borrowed Hearts, While You Were Sleeping, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, etc.
What are your favorite traditions?