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What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

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  • Ashli Barnes
    Posted at 15:01h, 14 December Reply

    When I was little, we were given a book of stories in a binder. It’s the 24 days of Christmas, with a scripture, Christmas song, and story for each day. Then on Christmas Eve we read the Christmas story from the Bible. It was always the first thing pulled out of the decoration box. My mom gave me my own copy of it last year. I know these stories by heart and as I read them now, I still hear them in my dad’s voice. I love it!

    • Tori Popoloski
      Posted at 04:01h, 15 December Reply

      Baking cookies with the whole family and going around town an giving them out!!! ❤

  • Joyce Frisbie
    Posted at 15:03h, 14 December Reply

    Spending time with family and sitting around the tree. Not many enjoy the quite time just being with family anymore

  • Amanda Lamarche
    Posted at 15:09h, 14 December Reply

    We started the elf on a shelf a couple of years ago and my 5 kids just love it!

  • Grizelda A. Gorospe
    Posted at 15:20h, 14 December Reply

    Unboxing gift in front of the xmas tree, but before that playing games first and throwing of coins…

  • Stephanie Mathys
    Posted at 15:25h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite tradition is making gingerbread with my grand mother. She moved to Australia from Switzerland fifty years ago and it’s something she did with her mother and her grandmother. It’s so nice to cherish this tradition that’s so many generations old! I hope I can continue it with my children one day!

  • Sherry jean Dermer
    Posted at 15:25h, 14 December Reply

    The Christmas festivals is this little town called Georgetown in Colorado. It’s old fashion with carolers and horse drawn carriages.

  • Eliza Lance
    Posted at 15:27h, 14 December Reply

    Every year, and I mean EVERY year, my family comes to my parents house for Christmas Day festivities. I am the eldest grandchild of ten, so my parents took on the great honor as host & hostess since my very first Christmas. What makes this day so special though is the food. I believe that food can nurture community, and my family loves sharing meals together. Bonus for me is that our Christmas Day feast includes my favorite… ENCHILADAS! Not a typical Christmas food, I’m sure, but with all the yummy toppings (guacamole anyone?!) it is a delicious meal that brings the family community together.
    ~Happy Holidays to the Five Take Flight fam, and safe travels!~

  • Rebekah T
    Posted at 15:27h, 14 December Reply

    We live near NC mountains, so going “up the mountain” to choose a live tree to cut and bring back home!

  • Alisha Bradshaw
    Posted at 15:28h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas memory…. hmmm that’s a hard one! I always look forward to baking our traditional almond roll with my momma. We are of Dutch descent so it’s a special thing we always do. Plus, they are amazing!!! ❤️

  • Melody carter
    Posted at 15:28h, 14 December Reply

    Eating all sorts of cheese with my grandad while we play board games with the family❤

  • Brenna Threatt
    Posted at 15:33h, 14 December Reply

    My family always gets Christmas crackers and we pop them open and then wear the paper crowns. It doesn’t feel like Christmas without them.

  • Dawn Bishop
    Posted at 15:34h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite family tradition is for Christmas eve. I always had 1 gift for my kids to open that night. This always includes pj’s, a movie they want, and movie snacks. My kids still want this every year and they are 29 and 27.

  • Heather graziano
    Posted at 15:35h, 14 December Reply

    One of my favorite traditions is doing secret Santa with my siblings. There are six of us, so it is a great way for us to celebrate each other without breaking the bank!
    Ps, happy birthday kenzie!

  • Aileen Davidson (aileenwashere)
    Posted at 15:36h, 14 December Reply

    When I was little my favourite was being in Christmas plays at church and school, and Christmas Eve when my brother and I were allowed to open one present and they were always Christmas pajamas 🙂 Now it’s spending time with family and eating good food!

  • Michelle Jilk
    Posted at 15:41h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to church with my family because the church is always decorated with the crib and poinsettias.

  • Madelaine Sessions
    Posted at 15:41h, 14 December Reply

    Silly string fight the morning of Christmas!!!😜

  • Tiffany Thomas
    Posted at 15:42h, 14 December Reply

    Every year my dad would read “The Night Before Christmas, to my sister and I on Christmas Eve. It was our best tradition.

  • Danielle Thurman
    Posted at 15:43h, 14 December Reply

    We are making it a tradition to spend money on something we can do as a family rather than little things we won’t use for long!

  • Sydney hanks
    Posted at 15:43h, 14 December Reply

    I love getting our Christmas tree the day after thanksgiving 🙂

  • Madison Sumner
    Posted at 15:44h, 14 December Reply

    Even though we are both adults now, my mom still wraps Pj’s up and on Christmas Eve we open them up and wear them while “Santa” comes at night. When we were younger we always thought they were good luck!

  • Mary Ann Rouse
    Posted at 15:45h, 14 December Reply

    Looking at Christmas lights and watching Christmas movies!

  • Brittany Naquin
    Posted at 15:49h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is always going to my grandmother’s house. All the grandkids and great grandkids would finally get together and we just had a blast! It was the most time we got to spend together as kids and now our kids get to enjoy the time together while we enjoy the adults table finally! 😜

  • Gabriella D'Amico
    Posted at 15:55h, 14 December Reply

    Playing cards and board games

  • Laura Luann
    Posted at 15:57h, 14 December Reply

    My sister and I hanging our angel ornaments next to each other on the tree 💜

  • Katherine Redenbaugh
    Posted at 16:03h, 14 December Reply

    My 3 brothers and I, we started when we were young and now all in our 20’s. We still hide our gifts to each other all over the house n we spend Christmas eve after church searching for the gifts. Such a fun evening of laughs

    Happy Birthday Kenzie!

  • Paula Roma Redon
    Posted at 16:04h, 14 December Reply

    I live in Catalonia and we have an awesome tradition for Christmas!
    It’s called ‘Caga tió’. It’s a log of wood that lives in the mountain during the year, but on Dec 1st it arrives to your house and you have to take care of him till Christmas (kind of Elf in the Shelf). But he is magic, he needs food in order to survive, so you have to feed it everyday before bedtime and during the night he eats everything you give him.
    You have to treat him good and take care of him. The night of the 24th all the family gathers together around the Caga Tió and we sing a song and hit him with sticks so he poops presents to all of us!
    Here you have a link where they explain it perfectly:ó_de_Nadal

    Ooh and not to forget!! In Catalonia we love things that poop. So, a figure we have in our nativity is ‘El caganer’ (here you have another link:

    It’s quite funny but it’s a tradition you will find in all the houses around Catalonia!

    I hope you enjoy our traditions
    Merry Christmas and safe travels 🎄

  • Emily Duckworth
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 December Reply

    Going to at least one but usually 2 Christmas Eve services! And opening stockings. It’s my favorite part!

  • Lillian Wagner
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 December Reply

    Every year I was allowed to open a new set pyjamas Christmas Eve and I would snuggle in them on the couch and read ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ with my Mom

  • Kathy Deaver
    Posted at 16:07h, 14 December Reply

    Christmas Eve with my family

  • Ilea Dibble
    Posted at 16:08h, 14 December Reply

    Sending floating lanterns into the sky for my sister and great grandpa who passed away Christmas 2011 ❤️

  • Nathalia Azevedo Santos
    Posted at 16:12h, 14 December Reply

    Big tradition in Brasil is opening the Xmas presents on the night of the 24th!! So exciting!

  • Laurie Szentirmai
    Posted at 16:12h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite tradition use to be having cinnamon buns for breakfast then sitting around in my pj’s all day watching movies and playing with christmas gifts eating all the yummy christmas junk and living the day with family and a sugar high. Lol Unfotunately, that went by the wayside. My mom and I are both nurses and there have been many Christmases that have been spent working over the years. This year my mom is retired and I have Christmas off. So… Although we are both adults perhaps it will be a junk food and jammies day. 😊

  • Kat Cunningham
    Posted at 16:13h, 14 December Reply

    Making chocolate chip cookies because it reminds me of making them with my grandma and then later in the years with my dad. I make them from scratch and I usually don’t make them durin the year and only during the holiday season.

  • Janine Pachulla
    Posted at 16:14h, 14 December Reply

    My family and I would always take a “winter walk” before or meanwhile Santa would bring our gifts 😊 if we were lucky it would be snowing but just having that time with my family and walking around is one of my favorite traditions!

  • Laurie Baum
    Posted at 16:15h, 14 December Reply

    Making sugar cookies from a recipie my mom cut from a newspaper over 50 years ago. 🎄❤️🎄

  • T. Murphy
    Posted at 16:17h, 14 December Reply

    Reading the Polar Express Christmas Eve

  • Sarah Bailey
    Posted at 16:22h, 14 December Reply

    I love our family white elephant gift exchange!! It’s the funniest thing ever!! I love packing cubes it really is the only way to pack!

  • Karlee Thompson
    Posted at 16:30h, 14 December Reply

    We always sing happy birthday to Jesus at my grandmas.

  • Emma Culler
    Posted at 16:30h, 14 December Reply

    Every Christmas Day night we would have our friends who lived less than a mile away come over. We would spend the evenings playing poker and eating leftovers and chili or a warm stew. It was always a great way to spend time with friends on Christmas Day while still being able to do family stuff during the actual day.

  • Sandi S
    Posted at 16:36h, 14 December Reply

    Present exchange with friends and coworkers. It’s always so fun!

  • Brynlee Wells
    Posted at 16:39h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is the Christmas Eve party my family holds at our house. We always have oyster stew, which is kind of weird. I’m not sure how that started, but it’s a tradition that has happened my whole life. And then the night ends with Christmas pajamas. I love it💛🎄

  • Suzanne Cunningham
    Posted at 16:41h, 14 December Reply

    A Christmas tradition that we have done for many years is to have an evening of festive sharing, fondue, Christmas lights at Temple Square.
    Another is eggs benedict on Christmas morning.

  • Stacey Aruch
    Posted at 16:44h, 14 December Reply

    Movies and Chinese food 🥘Yum!

  • Sarah C
    Posted at 16:45h, 14 December Reply

    My large family gets together every Christmas Eve and we exchange gifts, eat tons of food and always have fun!

  • Amy Rohof
    Posted at 16:46h, 14 December Reply

    Breakfast with the family on Christmas morning after opening all of our stockings and presents

  • Rhenn Morgan
    Posted at 16:46h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is celebrating with family on Christmas Eve playing bingo and eating yummy food.

  • Carmen Plante
    Posted at 16:47h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite tradition is just waking up in the morning and being able to spend time with my family. After opening presents we usually FaceTime my grandparents. The whole day is very special to me.

  • Lisa Gleue
    Posted at 16:56h, 14 December Reply

    Abelskeivers Christmas morning!

  • Melinda Zhang
    Posted at 16:59h, 14 December Reply

    My family is small, so we don’t really have any traditions. But every year, we spend it with one another and EAT.

  • Megan Hanson
    Posted at 17:02h, 14 December Reply

    Going to Aunt and Uncle’s house for Christmas Eve and spending the night there to then wake up on Christmas and have a big breakfast with extended family. And also a new tradition ugly Christmas sweaters 🙂

  • Elizabeth Morrison
    Posted at 17:04h, 14 December Reply

    Making Norwegian sunbukkle cookies with my mom on Christmas Eve.

  • Sara Palomino
    Posted at 17:06h, 14 December Reply

    MY favorite Kristina’s tradition is waiting up on christkmas eve until it’s officially Christmas Day at 12am and opening presents with family.

  • María Alejandra Camacho
    Posted at 17:10h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite tradition is to set up a manger. I believe it’s more of a Latin American tradition (we live in Uruguay). Every year, at my parent’s house we decorate the fireplace to make it look like a cave and place leaves (that looks like real life vegetation because of the size of everything) and plaster figurines. They go from Joseph to a little lamb to a water carrier that happens to go by there, but each one tells a different story and they’re all looking at the empty crib. At midnight all fireworks go off and we place a baby Jesus figurine in the crib to celebrate that it is born. The best part is that we do all of it together, it’s a family tradition 🙂

  • Joy Duje
    Posted at 17:14h, 14 December Reply

    Making caramels 🙂

  • Hannah Schill
    Posted at 17:19h, 14 December Reply

    Decorating Christmas cookies and watching White Christmas with my mom!

  • Lazad Miletić
    Posted at 17:24h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite Christmas tradition is being with my family for a whole week before Christmas. Although it sounds corny and is pretty basic, it really is something that I truly love. It is time of the year when we get together and usually look at photos of my sister and I when we were kids and our parents tell stories of our little mischiefs and we all laugh together and have time just for us. It is when we realise how much we are blessed to have each other in our lives. ❤️

  • Hailey Spaulding
    Posted at 17:30h, 14 December Reply

    I come from a broken family and one year my mom left with me on Christmas Eve due to a fight. We ended up going around to different fast food restaurants and ordering one item at each in an attempt to make up for Christmas dinner. We now do it almost every year and it has become what I would consider a tradition.

  • Shannon Maddex
    Posted at 17:41h, 14 December Reply

    After opening gifts, my family eats a nice meal and we play board games for as long as people can stay. Even though my parents are divorced, both of them spend every holiday with all the kids, so that’s special for everyone!

  • Amelia Callan
    Posted at 17:42h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree with my parents and my little brother. We always had 2 in our house, the red and gold one in the formal living room to impress people, and the family tree. We ALWAYS decorate it the Saturday or Sunday after Thanksgiving (depending on what day we get back in town from visiting family.) We order pizza and Coke, and put on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (the Jim Carrey version first, then the original) as we decorate the tree. It’s my favorite tradition that dates back to 2001. We’ve done it as a family every year, and this year, unfortunately, we were unable to. I live in Alabama, and they live in Seattle. BUT, we did keep the tradition. My parents surprised me and ordered a pizza to my house, and we FaceTimed while we ate our pizzas and watched the Grinch as we decorated our trees. It was perfect even though we weren’t in the same room, or even the same side of the country. This is my favorite tradition.

  • Lauren Long
    Posted at 17:47h, 14 December Reply

    On Christmas Eve, my family always has a “junk food supper” with all of the foods our mom rarely let us have throughout the year. We all ate together in the family room (also a treat) and watched a Christmas movie. We would also have a “Christmas Phantom” that brought a family game we were allowed now to open on a Christmas Eve as well!

  • Vanesa Macfarlane
    Posted at 17:47h, 14 December Reply

    Hot cocoa cuddles and watching the movie elf.

  • Valerie Hammer
    Posted at 17:48h, 14 December Reply

    On Christmas Eve we were allowed to open a special gift and it was always a pair of new pajamas for the whole family and a new family friendly movie. We would change into them, pop the movie in, make a bag of popcorn & snuggle on the couch.

  • Sarah F.
    Posted at 18:06h, 14 December Reply

    Hash brown casserole and cinnamon buns for breakfast 🙂

  • Alyssia Smith
    Posted at 18:08h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite tradition is waking up early and all my siblings and going to my parents house to open presents as a big family! Then we eat breakfast together and just hang out throughout the day. Spending the day with my family is the best (along with never getting out of my pajamas. Lol)

  • Devin nattenberg
    Posted at 18:10h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite is cooking dinner with my aunts and grandma. Nothing like family time

  • Rachel Boldebuck
    Posted at 18:16h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite holiday tradition is opening a gift on Christmas Eve and then my brother and I would get sleeping bags and sleep by the tree. Also getting to eat Ice cream for breakfast on Christmas morning is my favorite too. We usually eat healthy breakfasts, so it was a nice treat to be able to eat ice cream on Christmas. It was the only time of the year we were aloud to eat it for breakfast.

  • Elissa Roggie
    Posted at 18:32h, 14 December Reply

    I had a brother who died at a year and a half fromcom9lex health issues. He was born in Christmas Eve and would be turning 20 this year. We celebrate by eating out in his honor and lighting a candle for him as we open our gifts that night as a small way to include him in our traditions 🙂

  • Autumn Rose Reiswig
    Posted at 18:41h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition has been baking cookies with my family. It started when I was young with my grandmother, now a days, my mother and I get together, since we live far from my grandma.

  • Liz Sinclair
    Posted at 18:54h, 14 December Reply

    Our tradition was that as kids we always had to watch everyone open presents. We took turns meaning no one could just rush in and open their presents all at once. This way, we learned patience but we also learned the joy it was to watch others receive. I have done it with my family and it makes oresent time more special, the giver feels respected and everyone shares the joy of the gift. Also, it lasts for a lot longer which I think originally was the reason my parents first introduced it. But to me, it is a great tradition.

  • Laurissa C
    Posted at 19:04h, 14 December Reply

    Every Christmas Eve we all go to a candle light church service. It’s beautiful.

  • Melissa Harris
    Posted at 19:08h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite is being with family, we are Jewish but celebrate Chanukah and Christmas it’s 2 weeks of celebration and food! Family is the best…and presents…I mean their presence obviously 🙂

  • Jill R McCrae
    Posted at 19:17h, 14 December Reply

    listening to Christmas music with no lights on except the Christmas tree

  • Julia Sommer
    Posted at 19:20h, 14 December Reply

    In Austria we have this tradition on the 24th of December: my Dad and I visit all out neighbors and smoke every room in Theorie houses with incense (we also do this on the 31.12 and 05.01). At every house we get some food and drinks 😉 We do this together Sinne I was little and in the meantime I am a Mom myself!

  • Marissa Marecle
    Posted at 19:26h, 14 December Reply

    We used to put our dolls under the and doll would be in a new dress when we would wake up.

  • Samantha gaudio
    Posted at 19:56h, 14 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is at the end of Christmas when my boyfriend and I put on our christma pjs, my step mom always gets us pjs, and watch Christmas movies. He doesn’t care for the movies but because I used to always watch Christmas movies with my mom he knows how much it means to me to keep that tradition. We always watch national lampoons Christmas vacation and the Grinch.

  • Hannah Green
    Posted at 19:57h, 14 December Reply

    The food, spending time with my family, making cookies, decorating gingerbread houses, decorating the tree, doing something for another family in need.

  • Bec Armstrong
    Posted at 20:14h, 14 December Reply

    Christmas movie on Christmas Eve, as we open presents here in Australia on Christmas Day everyone gets a new pair of pyjamas to wear Christmas Eve we have a movie with some yummy holiday treats.

  • Aja Harris
    Posted at 20:19h, 14 December Reply

    Opening PJs on Christmas Eve!

  • Marie Lewis
    Posted at 20:29h, 14 December Reply

    For my family and what we do, I live for Boxing Day at my grandparents’ … They have 5 kids with their partners, 10 grandkids and their partners, and 9 great grandkids that cram into a 3 bed semi-detached house … My favourite that I experienced was the build up from mid-December to Christmas day in Iceland! The Yule Lads (I’m sure Alexandra has told you ALL about them!)

  • Tamara Hribernik
    Posted at 20:56h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite Christmas tradition is baking cookies with family and setting up the Christmas tree! I know that those are just regular things, but it feels soooo special, because there is something magical behind Christmas!:)

  • Samantha McCurdy
    Posted at 22:26h, 14 December Reply

    Either going to the Christmas tree farm and picking out the perfect tree or spending Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house with all my family

  • Mary Kathryn
    Posted at 22:28h, 14 December Reply

    Decorating the tree!

  • Megan Foote
    Posted at 22:43h, 14 December Reply

    My favourite Christmas tradition is when my family and I go out driving to look at the Christmas lights. I love the memories that we make together and how we just get to chill and enjoy the moment.

  • Silvia Codella
    Posted at 23:37h, 14 December Reply

    On Christmas eve my family and I have dinner together then sit in the living room with the Christmas tree and all of the gifts at the bottom. Every year we promise ourselves that we’d wait for Christmas to open them but every single year we can’t resist and agree to open them that night.
    Then I go to midnight church with my friends (and I must admit that it’s the only time of the year I go to church, it’s more of a Christmas tradition for me than an true belief), then have hot wine and pandoro (an italian Christmas dessert) in front of an outdoor nativity scene.
    On actual Christmas I have a bigger lunch with all my relatives but I must say my most precious memories and the best atmosphere are always from the previous night.

  • Leah Kay Morie
    Posted at 23:55h, 14 December Reply

    Having a nerf gun war with the whole family!! A lot of times one of the siblings gets a new nerf gun as one of their gifts, and it adds to the excitement of the whole family pitching in for the game.

  • Shelby Adakai
    Posted at 00:05h, 15 December Reply

    We go to my parents house on Christmas morning, and my dad makes omelettes for everyone. Opening presents with them and then eating breakfast is my favorite tradition!

  • Linda McBride
    Posted at 00:33h, 15 December Reply

    Christmas Eve party with children and grandchildren. Read children’s version of the first Christmas story. Then eating lots of delicious food. Rest of evening spent visiting, singing and cousins exchanging Christmas gifts. Best time of the year!

  • Annie Hess
    Posted at 02:24h, 15 December Reply

    My favorite Christmas tradition is my Grandpa reading the Christmas story before we open gifts! ♥️

  • Sydney F
    Posted at 02:28h, 15 December Reply

    Going to my oldest friends family’s house and celebrating with them!

  • Claire Overton
    Posted at 02:49h, 15 December Reply

    Christmas morning we all gather around the living room and just have fun. My mom makes cinnamon buns before we run into the living room. Stocking are always first and then we go under the tree!

  • Lisa Ann Graber
    Posted at 02:53h, 15 December Reply

    🎄Favorite Ch ristmas tradition is Christmas Eve the entire family getting together for apps and yummy snacks…..playing games into the night then everyone going home to wait for santa and come back together again the next day after presents/stockings at home

  • April Foyston
    Posted at 04:02h, 15 December Reply

    Our family tradition is to read a poem that my dad wrote, using me and my sisters as characters, about santa taking us to see the Christ child on Christmas. Now, if we can just get him to record himself reading it before he passes away!

  • Julie Williams
    Posted at 04:20h, 15 December Reply

    Our family Christmas tradition is quite simple. We read the Christmas story on Christmas Eve before we open our stockings. It amazing that an entire house of people can be completely silent and listen. All is calm. 💚

  • Rachel Ann
    Posted at 19:28h, 16 December Reply

    A week before Christmas Sunday my church does a Lottie Moon offering. We don’t pass around an offering plate, but walk up too a manger that is set up. We go up as a family and give our Christmas offering to God. It’s my favorite part of Christmas.

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