What are your Christmas Traditions?

The big tree at Bentleyville 2012














I have always associated Christmas with family traditions. During the Christmas season my parents always stressed family, it is better to give than to receive, and instilled in me some Christmas traditions I have now passed on to my kids.

For example, while decorating the house for Christmas we always listen to Kenny Rogers Christmas album called, Christmas wishes. We bake Christmas cookies, and we open gifts from the family on Christmas Eve and enjoy Santa presents on Christmas day.

This year my family will experience a new tradition. My parents have decided to travel to the state of Virginia and celebrate Christmas with my sister and my other sister will be with her in-laws. So, this means my family will be home to celebrate Christmas by ourselves. This typically doesn’t happen but we will have our chance to be with family later.

I am excited for this and have some doubts. I always love being with my parents or my wives parents or my sisters and their families on Christmas day. Being with family during Christmas is one of the best parts of this holiday. This will be a fun time to experience Christmas with just my family and with a little less”craziness” but sometimes it is the “craziness” that makes Christmas great. I can’t imagine Christmas without family.

With this in mind, I am very curious what others do as a part of their Christmas traditions. Do people bake? Do people eat specific foods such as ham each year? Do people get specific presents each year? I can’t wait to hear about Christmas traditions.

Merry Christmas!

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Eddie Bashaw

Living in Duluth, Minnesota and I love writing about it.

6 thoughts on “What are your Christmas Traditions?”

  1. We have learned to enjoy “quiet ” Christmas mornings since we live in VA away from family. Our kids know nothing different. We also listen to Kenny Rogers while decorating the tree (that is funny you do that too). We eat prime rib, and Olivia makes the place cards for our table. We usually invite neighbors over for Christmas dinner. I put out a small nativity that my grandma gave me when I got married. As our kids get older I am looking for alternative things to do on Christmas or Christmas Eve like serve at a shelter or hand out gifts to the homeless. Stay tuned!

    1. One thing we do as a family to help out is fill a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. It’s not directly interacting with people but that’s a good idea for when the kids are older.

  2. It seems as I’ve gotten older, re-located, and lost family members, that certain “traditions” have fallen between the cracks and been lost. One that was lost but has been brought back to life within the last few years by my mom was a food dish known as plum pudding. From my understanding is that it harkens back to my Cornish, and English roots from my Dad’s side of the family. It’s not a food I enjoy, but my father does. My Great Grandmother, Lynda, used to make it for the Holidays. I vaguely remember this happening, but my father has fond memories associated with this food. When Lynda passed away, the tradition went with it. My Mother then picked up my grandmothers original recipe and carried on where she left off. This food has to “cook” in boiling water, and the longer it cooks, I guess, the better it is. I do enjoy the aroma this food brings to the house as it cooks. This aroma is something I associate with Christmas and it warms the house just a bit more around the Holidays. My father remembers this dish fondly as it was made by my grandmother and left to cook on the wood stove in the middle of his childhood home. Of all the things that have come and gone, this dish is one that’s stuck around. Mainly I just look forward to time with my parents. It’s been interesting the last few years as new additions have worked themselves into my life and I into hers. This is the last year where we will do things semi on our own and move towards our own traditions. I must say, I am extremely excited to see what traditions her and I will bring together and create ourselves. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Eddie! May you and your family continue to foster a spirit of peace, joy, and happiness this season and into the new year!


  3. To add a little 16th century flare to your Christmas eve traditions I suggest bringing back the long forgotten game of Snapdragon. The game is really quite simple and will surely get everyone fired up about the holidays. First begin by filling a shallow bowl with raisins and placing it at the center of a table. Then, take your leftover brandy from making eggnog and fill the bowl with about a half inch of the stuff. For the final preparation your going to want to dim the lights and then….wait for it…light the brandy on fire! With your kitchen table now aglow with a beautiful blue flame, you can finally begin playing. The person to pluck the most flaming raisins from the bowl and fling them into their mouth wins the game! What exactly it is that this person wins is not clear, but I surmise that the winner gets to lay claim to the title of the biggest moron amongst your family and friends.

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