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.