Does your family have a Christmas tradition?
Sure, my family enjoys a nice dinner, attends church services and opens presents. Outside of those activities, however, we don’t have a true Christmas tradition, something unique we do every year or that was passed down through generations.
I wish we did. Our granddaughter, Lexi, just turned 11, and her little brother, Remy, will be 4 next month. They’re growing up too quickly.
I thought of this Sunday while reading the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In a special feature, readers shared some of their Christmas Eve family rituals. For example, Virginia Holahan of Oconomowoc says that, for the past 26 years or so, her family has gone bowling at noon every Christmas Eve. Now that her seven children are married, the activity involves up to 18 grandchildren.
Susan Blink Patrick of Mequon says that, before going to bed, her family puts their wooden shoes out next to the fireplace. It’s the Dutch equivalent of hanging stockings. Then, each family member gets a “shoe gift,” which she says are “small in size but big in heart.” Often, these are the most special gifts.
Green Bay Packer Donald Driver, who may have played his last game at Lambeau on Sunday, says his wife buys matching pajamas for their family, which now includes three children. They wear these around the house, have a cookie-decorating contest, then enjoy hot apple cider around the fireplace while Donald tells Christmas stories, acting out the characters to the delight of his children.
Does your family have an unusual or unique Christmas Eve or Christmas Day tradition?
How long has it been a part of your holiday celebrations?
Merry Christmas, everyone.