What Will Be Next Year’s Christmas Memory? (+ $100 Macy’s Gift Card Giveaway!)



Holiday Traditions. Take them or leave them, we all have them. Even if your tradition is NOT having any traditions. Sorry to break it to you, you have a tradition of being non-traditional. OK, I’m being obnoxious with the word tradition. I’ll move on. ANYWAY, in my family growing up, we had quite a few things we did around the holidays. I thought I’d share a few as well as pepper in a few throw-back photos to spice things up a bit. (And to give you a peek at my awesome bowl cut as a four-year-old.)

Traditions I Grew Up With:

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Leslie, Will and Polly. 1986

Delivering homemade apple butter to neighbors and friends. I’ve shared about how my family makes homemade apple butter in the fall. Well, in the winter we give most of it away! On Christmas Eve, all five of us would squeeze in the car and drive around delivering jars to family and friends. As kids we would moan and groan about the family outing but I think we all secretly liked it.

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It’s safe to say I was bundled up!

Making colorful Christmas cookies to share. Each year, one of my parent’s friends, Jane, would invite me over to make special Christmas cookies. As a middle child, I loved being singled out to this special holiday event with Jane. I also loved all the fun frostings, candies and other things she had for us to decorate them with.

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Christmas morning-1991

Hiking through the woods to cut down a tree. I grew up in the Ozarks which meant we not only get a REAL tree for Christmas, we chop it down ourselves. I’ve been told I was notorious for pleading for the 40ft cedar and would have epic fits because my parents would never pick the tree I wanted. I have yet to see any proof of these allegations.IMG_0004-1024x712 Always making monkey bread on Christmas morning. Monkey bread is a must for Christmas morning. We’ve always reserved making it until then and probably always will.

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I mean, wow. The hair. The turtle neck. The sweatshirt!

Traditions I plan to do:

I for sure plan to carry on a few of these traditions that I grew up with. For starters, I always have lots of homemade apple butter to give away. apple butter My kids love any excuse to visit a neighbor so instead of strangely lurking on their porch while I fiercely whisper threats to not knock or ring the doorbell, we will actually have a reason to knock and say hello. It will be one of the highlights of my 3-year-old’s Christmas season. IMG_6634-2 Can we all just stop a moment and appreciate this photo below? IMG_6597-2 Thank you for your cooperation. Moving on… Side note: I loved the pictures I got from this little holiday photo shoot with my kids. Holiday clothes shouldn’t always mean dressing them in reds, greens and golds. In fact, my three-year-old would have nothing else on her body than this new Frozen sweatshirt from Macy’s. I’m not joking. And I couldn’t get enough of dressing up Tyler like a little adult in his fancy holiday sweater. Visit the Macy’s Kids Holiday site for lots of cute holiday outfits in bright colors and patterns.

Anyway, as I mentioned above, I loved making Christmas cookies with Jane. It was something I looked forward to every year and I want to create something like that with my kids. IMG_6797-2 Even though my kids are a bit young, we began the holiday cookie tradition this year. It was super messy but super fun! IMG_6700-2 IMG_6765-2 Similar to the fall cookies I made, I whipped up a batch of sugar cookie dough, let it chill during their nap time and put them to work after their naps. Nothing remedies the post-nap grumps like cookie dough! IMG_6758-2 IMG_6715-2 IMG_6694-2 As you can imagine, my 1.5-year-old was more interested in playing and eating the cookie dough than forming it into shapes. My three-year-old did surprisingly well maintaining some self-control and not eating the dough. I wish I could say the same for her mama. IMG_6746-2 IMG_6693-2 IMG_6745-2 Somehow amidst the craziness we managed to emerge with some identifiable shapes. IMG_6771-2 Next, we needed to paint them. A great and fun method I use is mixing one egg yolk, a teaspoon of water and a few drops of food coloring to make “paint” to put on the cookies BEFORE you bake them. Kids really get into this part. IMG_6777-2 IMG_6784-2 Sorry bud, no way I am giving you a paintbrush saturated in food coloring. Just keep playing with the dough, K? IMG_6709-2 Here they are in progress of being painted… IMG_6787-2 IMG_6788-2 The best thing about sugar cookies is they don’t need to bake long at all. This recipe only took 6 minutes. This is helpful for antsy preschoolers who rarely have to wait for anything. Six minutes later… Done! IMG_6797-2 I think this is a pretty strong start for our family traditions. I’m sure more will be added as we go along and it warms my heart to know my kids will take some of these into their adulthood like I have. IMG_6619-2 IMG_6653-2 So here is the million dollar question (actually, more like $100): What is YOUR favorite holiday tradition? By simply commenting on this post and sharing your favorite tradition, you will be entered into a giveaway for a chance to win a $100 Macy’s gift card! Looking forward to hearing about all the traditions out there!

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Comments

  1. denise a says

    We have a Santa Claus and a snowman candle holder that have been in our family for over 100 years. They wear their age well, but still show the ravages of time. It is a blessing to unpack and show them to each new generation. They remind of us of our past and give us hope for the future. Who knows, maybe they will still be around at Christmas 100 years from now.

  2. Denise L says

    In our family the youngest child gets to place Baby Jesus in the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve. Sweet tradition 🙂

  3. Debbie b says

    we like to pick out just one present to open on Christmas Eve!

  4. MARIA simon says

    Decorating the tree is our favorite tradition

  5. Leela says

    Baking Christmas cookies with my kids.

  6. Sand says

    I love how we try new recipes and incorporate old recipes to make our holiday meal.

  7. Annette says

    I enjoy baking treats to give as gifts to friends and family.

  8. Heather M. says

    Making Christmas cookies with my boys.

  9. Tina Reynolds says

    It is a tie between making christmas cookies and making decorations

  10. Jane H says

    Every Christmas Eve, my husband reads the night before Christmas. It began with our small children and milk, graduated to our grown children and wine and is now with our 1st grandchild and formula.

  11. Elizabeth J. says

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree with my family!

  12. Thomas Murphy says

    Every year my family decorates the tree together.

  13. Amanda Sakovitz says

    we have a yankee swap on Christmas Eve!

  14. Michelle Tucker says

    I have been saving my favorite Christmas tradition for the last of these I was entering. My mother and I used to wake in the middle of the night (usually the night after we put the tree up) and make some hot chocolate and just sit and watch the pretty lights on the tree. This was me and mom time, and it was my favorite tradition. Mom passed away two years ago, but I will keep doing this, because she’s still with me, in my heart. Missing her today.

    • Rachel says

      I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, Michelle. Thank you for sharing about your precious memory with her.

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  16. T Michelle Trump says

    We love to get in our pajamas and drive around and look at Christmas decorations!

  17. saralynns2 says

    My favorite tradition is going to church christmas eve then looking at christmas lights after 🙂

  18. Karen Drake says

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas movies and opening presents.

  19. joni says

    On Christmas morning we put a lit candle in a cupcake and put it in front of the manger and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus.

  20. Betty C says

    We always baked huge amounts of holiday cookies so that anyone who came to our door was given cookies. Now my daughter and granddaughter do the same.

  21. Sarah L says

    Going to Christmas Eve service, coming home to hot chocolate and opening one present.
    Thanks for the contest.

  22. Karen D says

    I like baking Christmas cookies with the kids. They are actually edible now that they are older!

  23. Kasey says

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas lollipops.

  24. Sonya Morris says

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to Christmas Eve Mass.

  25. Stephanie Larison says

    Baking and decorating sugar cookies with the kids! I remember doing it with my mom, and we’ve started doing it with my 5 year old. Next year, our newest addition will be able to help out, too!

  26. Tabathia B says

    I enjoy watching a christmas story with my family, making cookies for santa and then building a gingerbread house

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  27. Becky Moore says

    We read the story of Jesus’s birth on Christmas Eve Eve and then ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve.

  28. Brenda Robinson says

    We wrap gifts and drink eggnog with a little rum.

  29. Kerry says

    My favorite tradition is that we always go to church Christmas Eve and come home after mass and open our gifts. Santa always comes while we are at church:)

  30. Kathy Pease says

    I love baking on Christmas eve and making gift boxes of sweets for family and friends

  31. Anthony says

    Watching Christmas movies together on Christmas eve

  32. sarah hirsch says

    my favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family

  33. Diane Baum says

    Our fave tradition is lighting the chanukah candles at sundown

  34. jules m. says

    we make tons of cutout sugar cookies too! me and my kids decorate them and then we give a bunch out to family and friends. we love to listen to Christmas music as we bake.

  35. angie says

    My favorite holiday tradition is definitely the special foods we make only one time a year. I look forward to our smokey maple BBQ vegetarian meatballs and smoked gouda fondue every year!

  36. Donna Jacoby says

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with my family. Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. joe gersch says

    our favorite tradition is baking cookies on Christmas eve

  38. Wendi says

    Favorite Tradition is to go do the Chirstmas Walk in the metro parks where the path is lit with beautiful Christmas Lights its just a Winter Wonderland!

  39. Erica B. says

    We like to drive around looking at lights.

  40. Ed says

    We share oplatek ( a Polish wafer ) by breaking off a piece from each person’s wafer at the Christmas feast!

  41. Anastasia Falling says

    Our only real tradition is to get everyone bundled up in the car and to drive around town and look at all the lights and holiday decorations 🙂 We love to admire all the beauty and hard work that people put int to their holiday decorating 🙂

  42. Taryn T. says

    We have beautiful wooden advent calendars for each of the kids. They have different wooden doors, with all sizes. I love finding the perfect presents for each door,and love watching the kids find the prizes each morning.

  43. Norma says

    Christmas Eve we visit friends, then come home to Greek Stew!

  44. LAMusing says

    We bake cinnamon rolls and play Christmas music on Christmas morning while we open our socks 🙂

  45. Linda G. says

    My favorite thing is to drive around our town and see all the Christmas decorations and than go home and have hot chocolate and cookies

  46. Lisa V. says

    My favorite is a Denny’s dinner with the family after Christmas Eve mass.

  47. Becca says

    My favorite tradition is taking a family photo in front of the tree every year!

  48. Bruce says

    Birthday cake and singing “Happy Birthday” on Christmas

  49. Shirley martinez says

    I enjoy Creating keepsake ornaments with my daughter . It’s her 2nd Christmas and I can’t wait til we are able to fill our tree with just keepsakes.

  50. kay wolter says

    I did cookies with My little ones they do not look like the ones above but they had a great time..

  51. Erika JM says

    Our tradition is watching movies and cartoons together on Xmas morning after breakfast, then opening the gifts. We also make mint chocolate fudge too. Very good.

  52. courtney b says

    on xmas eve we make cookies and sit by the tree and drink eggnog, and open our gifts!!

    while we listen to xmas music!!

  53. mickeyfan says

    Every year I put out one special stocking. It’s larger than many, but very meaningful. My eldest was born on 12/21 and when he was brought to me to take home, the nurse brought him into the room inside the stocking!

  54. Barbara Montag says

    My favorite tradition is seeing a Christmas show or play each holiday season.
    thank you

  55. Kiara says

    One of our holiday traditions is making different kinds of cookies on Christmas Eve.
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  56. paige chandler says

    Our family trims the tree with popcorn on Christmas Eve.

  57. Ceinwyn R says

    Our boys are so young we are still making new traditions but I love letting them open a present of jammies and a stuffy on Christmas Eve.

  58. Margaret Smith says

    One of my favorite traditions is that my kids, husband and I decorate a couple of Gingerbread houses. We buy the premade type and then we decorate. We make a mess, but it’s really fun and we all look forward to it each year.

  59. Stephanie V. says

    celebrating with extended family on Christmas eve and each child picking out an ornament for the tree each year
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  60. Dawn Keenan says

    Our favorite tradition begins on Thanksgiving day. That night we start the season by watching the cartoon Grinch. Then on Christmas eve, we watch it again, laughing over our grinchy moments, and sharing our blessings.

  61. kathy s. says

    We opened presents, went to church, and then to our aunt and uncle’s house to have dinner. We had to bring as many toys as we could smuggle into the car for the ride, to play with and to show our cousins.

  62. Sandy Klocinski says

    Seeing the Lights

  63. Cynthia C says

    I remember baking and decorating holiday cookies with my mom and getting angry at my brother for making “ugly” ones.

  64. Adrienne gordon says

    My favorite tradition is going caroling on christmas eve with my family.

  65. Matt says

    Opening presents, of course! But mainly seeing the expressions on my family’s faces when they get something they’ve been wanting. It never gets old!

  66. Amber says

    For Christmas Eve was bake cookies and watch holiday movies, then we wake up early and open presents!

  67. Georgia says

    No traditions other than a huge dinner we all love so much!!

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  68. Deb Jackson says

    We love opening presents in our pajamas.

  69. danielle says

    We host a Christmas breakfast at our house 🙂

  70. Mary L says

    I love opening stockings on Christmas morning

  71. maria cantu says

    Family getting together to decorate the christmas tree.

  72. Melissa L. says

    My favorite holiday tradition is listening to Christmas music as we decorate the tree. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Hannah R. says

    Christmas morning is spent lounging around, slowly opening presents one at a time, and simply enjoying the time with one another!

  74. erica best says

    we love making christmas cookies

  75. Gina M says

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  76. Gina M says

    I love baking cookies with my family!

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  77. Jess says

    This being our first Christmas with our little, I’m trying to find that balance between fun tradition and over-hyping, over programming. I’m looking forward to baking, of course! He LOVED putting up the lights with dad (he has a very mechanical little mind) and I’m really looking forward to attending service with him and then serving in our church as a family together on Christmas Eve. I can’t say there’s one thing that will be the standout. Just having him home is good enough:).

  78. Linda says

    Our traditions have taken different paths through the years, as sometimes we travel to family and the kids are now older…but two that we have been able to keep is to drive around and look at the festive lights and Keep Christ in the middle everything we do – whether that is advent devotions, or simply reading the Bible together on Christmas eve or morning.

  79. melanie says

    We have several traditions, but the first one my hubby and I chose to do together is to go out to a tree farm to find and cut our own Christmas tree. Some years it has been pricey, and some years we had to settle for a pre-cut… but we try our best and always enjoy a real tree!

  80. Jaci Cathcart says

    Making cinnamon rolls Christmas morning, decorating them with sprinkles and candles. We gather around and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and then the kids get to blow out the candles. =) Also going to the candle light service at church on Christmas Eve. It’s always such a beautiful time.

  81. Madeline says

    I love baking cookies for the holidays, and pies! And I enjoy buying a present each year to donate to Toys for Tots.

  82. Erika says

    We like driving around to look at Christmas lights, baking cookies, and watching old movies by the glow of the Christmas tree. 🙂

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  83. Beverly says

    I love cutting down a tree every year with my hubby. It is one thing that we have done every single year since we were married.

  84. MNS says

    Every single year on Christmas Eve we would get a new pair of pajamas.

  85. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    MAKING ORNAMENTS WITH THE FAM….

  86. og says

    My favorite christmas tradition is watching all the classic Christmas cartoons like Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and more!

  87. rachel says

    Watching “White Christmas” while wrapping gifts…love that movie!!! 🙂

  88. Rebecca Graham says

    My favorite tradition is baking lots of Christmas cookies.

  89. steve weber says

    My favorite childhood tradition would be baking cookies with my mom and sister for an entire day.

  90. D SCHMIDT says

    Our favorite holiday tradition is to make Christmas cookies together while listening to Christmas music.

  91. Lisa Brown says

    I don’t have traditions right now, no kids, just my husband and i. we do have a nice christmas dinner for two 🙂

  92. Tara O. says

    My absolute favorite tradition is driving around with my daughter and looking at Christmas lights!

  93. LaTanya says

    going to the Christmas parade

  94. Ginger says

    We go and see Christmas lights then come home and have hot cocoa. Living in the South we are sometimes wearing shorts but we still have hot cocoa.

  95. Deb Jackson says

    Our favorite memories are baking and decorating together.
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  96. tina m says

    we purchase same pajamas every Christmas and take a silly photo.

  97. Melissa Stone says

    My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas dinner together with the family!

  98. OFG says

    Picking out Christmas trees from a nearby farm.

  99. Jessie C. says

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  100. Jessie C. says

    My favorite holiday tradition is picking up and decorating tree with my family.
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  101. Cindy says

    Opening gifts on Christmas morning. Then playing games.

  102. Elle says

    We love to ride around at night and look at the beautiful holiday decorations and lights on the houses/front yards.

  103. Pia says

    Every Christmas Eve, my family (of about 24 this year celebrating together, cousins and all) take part in a Secret Santa gift exchange. We make sure to come together at Thanksgiving to draw names and write wishlists, and again on Christmas Even to exchange gifts.

  104. Carol Luciano says

    Wwhen my 7 were little e alwways had a basket of Christmas books in a basket and would read a story eveery night starting 22 weks before Chistmas. And also the baking, the mess, the fun aand then all those gooddies.:). Decorate with Christmas music. Now theey pass it on to their on children. Thanks for ssharing you geat pictures.
    Carol L

    • Carol Luciano says

      So sorry for all the spelling errors. This stylus is so sensitive.

  105. Lisa says

    Looking at Christmas lights, and making Christmas cookies. 😉

  106. Anna Pry says

    we have a tradition of stringing popcorn garlands to decorate our tree while we watch Christmas movies together pryfamily5@gmail.com

  107. Stephanie says

    I love advent calendars! We have two but I have to stop myself from getting more.

  108. Patricia C. says

    My favorite tradition is going to the children’s nativity play.

  109. Stephanie Phelps says

    One of our favorite traditions is to make a new ornament made of the kids hand prints every year!

  110. Robin Franklin says

    We have followed my husband’s family’s traditional homemade tacos on Christmas Eve. Now that our daughters are married and have their own families, we still get together every Christmas Eve for tacos.

  111. Pamela Gurganus says

    My favorite holiday tradition is on Christmas Eve, we eat homemade pizza on the fine china and drink whatever beverage were having out of the crystal, we then play games while listening to holiday music, break out a big box of chocolate and munch on those, then about a hour before midnight, we sit down and read The Night Before Christmas then everyone heads home to get the kids in bed before midnight!

    • Pamela Gurganus says

      Oh, I forgot! Before we read the story, we each get to open one gift! 🙂

  112. Megan H says

    We have always gone to a Christmas Eve service and we open 1 present that night. My husband’s family does the same thing so it is nice no matter which family we our with, the tradition continues.

  113. Rosie says

    Following the tradition of my mom with an all-edible decorated tree! String popcorn and cranberries and make decorated sugar cookies esp gingerbread men & ladies, popcorn balls, candy canes, satchels of gold chocolate coins, the list goes on and on. It is fun to get edible treats for the tree, then it isn’t so bad taking the tree down after Christmas, as we get to eat it all (well, whatever we haven’t snitched)!!

  114. Mary says

    Growing up, my whole neighborhood lined their driveways & sidewalks with paper bag luminaries on Christmas Eve. It was so beautiful to walk/drive thru the neighborhood & think of it as lighting the way for Baby Jesus to come to each & every home! I have luminaries to start the tradition in my new home. Maybe I will see if I can make the tradition grow in this neighborhood :-).

  115. Stacy Moss says

    Last year we started a new tradition. On Christmas Eve our doorbell rang and on the front porch was a storage tub with a note from Purple the Elf. He had filled the tub with family games, hot chocolate, marshmallows, popcorn and a set of Christmas jammies for everyone. My preschooler loved it and my older kids even enjoyed it, as they were in on the secret. I’ve already got this year’s box planned and about ready!

  116. Stacy says

    We let our kids open one book a night until Christmas to celebrate Advent.

    • Polly says

      I just started doing this! Except I could only collect 12 books so we started the tradition today 🙂

  117. Joy says

    Our favorite tradition is to attend a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Love it!

  118. Charity says

    My favorite tradition is advent with our children 3 and 5. Each year they get a little older and put the pieces together more and more. It’s so much fun to see their faces when they start to put it all together about the birth of Jesus! Then spending all those traditional holiday moments with family. Christmas especially seems to make us all slow down and enjoy “little moments” with our families.

  119. jessica mcfarlin says

    our favorite holiday tradition is “elf on the shelf”!

    • Polly says

      I’ve seen some hilarious ideas with what people have done with him!

  120. Kelly D says

    I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree with the help of my 2 kids every year. We just did this today, since they had a snow day.

  121. Natalie says

    We love baking Christmas cookies together. Also we drink egg nog and sing ‘O Christmas Tree’ while we set up our tree! We keep a list of Christmas traditions packed in our ornament box so we can remember what we loved the year and wanted to continue.

  122. Kristen says

    We’d read aloud from a book called Santa Mouse, then we’d decorate the tree with a yellow light at the top (just like in the book) so Santa Mouse could be sure to find his way to our house.

  123. Melissa M says

    We love to drive around on Christmas Eve looking at Christmas lights.

    • Polly says

      I plan on doing this as well this year!

  124. Julie Wood says

    My favorite Holiday Tradition is to go get our Christmas Tree at a tree farm. We make it a day by getting in the Car and listening to Christmas Music on the way and spending the whole day decorating the tree together as a family. It is so much fun.

  125. Stephanie says

    i love to bake cookies

  126. Elena says

    My favorite tradition is to bake Christmas cookies and share them with friends and family

  127. Melissa says

    My favorite tradition is baking with my mom and grandma before the big day!

  128. Melanie B says

    At 18 months, my daughter is already old enough to enjoy the lights. So we try to find some to drive by often this time of year! It’s so much fun to hear her oooh and aaah at them!

  129. Natalie says

    My favorite Christmas tradition is making a gingerbread house from scratch and decorating it as a family!

  130. Nicole says

    Our family tradition involves decorating the outside of the house with tons of Christmas décor and lights, we also deck out the inside of the home to together.

  131. savanna green says

    Since my husband and I began dating, way back in high school, we’ve exchanged one small gift on Christmas Eve and one gift on Christmas Day. Even if it’s just a bag of his favorite candy or a fun pair of socks for me…. I get giddy thinking about it as we drive home from Christmas Eve church service.

    • Polly says

      So fun!

  132. Jen Garrett says

    So many sweet traditions to choose from, but probably my favorite right now is opening Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve.

    • Polly says

      You going to have your boys match? I’d love to see pics!

      • Jen Garrett says

        Yep, I found Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jammies on sale about a month ago at Target!

  133. Alissa says

    My favorite holiday tradition is candy making/making treat plates with my Mom and Sister and delivering them to friends/family/my teachers(as a child).

  134. Mami2jcn says

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  135. Mami2jcn says

    Our favorite tradition is decorating the tree.

  136. Kristi says

    We buy an ornament every year that represents a fun memory from the past year. It’s so fun to pull out the ornaments from past years and remember together.

    • Polly says

      We do this too! Sometimes it’s a challenge to find the right one but it’s so fun every year to pull them out and recall stories!

  137. Michelle O. says

    My favorite thing we did when I was younger is bake cookies with my mom. We are continuing it with our kids. We also love watching Christmas movie as a family (with my parents and siblings). Our favorites are Christmas Vacation and White Christmas.

    • Polly says

      Gotta love Christmas Vacation!

  138. Haley B. says

    Christmas Eve we wear our PJ’s inside-out and do a snow day dance!!!
    Then we hope hope hope for snow on Christmas morning 🙂

    • Polly says

      That is hilarious! And quite original!

  139. Maureen says

    I love now putting up the Nutcrackers in their place of honor with my husband–it tells me the holidays are coming.

  140. heather says

    Our favorite family Christmas tradition is baking Christmas cookies and decorating them together.

  141. Kristel Sexton says

    One of my favorite family holiday traditions is our celebration of Wilgilia, Polish Christmas Eve. We eat a lot of fish and pierogi, fruit compote and peas (which I don’t think have anything to do with Wilgilia). The best part is when we break the opłatek (Christmas wafer) and share pieces with each other. As we do, we hug, and the idea is that you forgive your family members for any wrongdoing of the past year and enter the new year with forgiveness and love in your heart.

  142. Christine says

    One our families most favorite of all holiday traditions is piling up in the car after dinner to take delight in the GORGEOUS LIGHTING decorations our community displays on their homes and yards!

  143. Gail says

    Baking and decorating Christmas cookies when my kids were still at home. Now my tradition is buying my grandkids fun Christmas PJ’s!