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Family pajamas that all matched, including a doll in matching pajamas for my four-year-old granddaughter. All of my Christmas gifts are from the good old days this year. Enjoy more holiday traditions from readers, to inspire you this season.
"Our Christmas tradition came from my husband's family (who were not Polish), but it is based on a Polish belief that at midnight on Christmas Eve animals are granted the ability to speak, as a reward for their having made room for Jesus' birth in their stable. His family altered it to stuffed animals coming alive and having a wild party, so every Christmas Eve, before the kids went to bed, they lined up their stuffed animals in the living room. On Christmas morning, those animals were found hanging from the ceiling fixtures, or frozen in mid-dance or whatever they had been up to when the magic ended. Our daughters were always more interested in what poses their toys could be found in, than they were in opening the new presents under the tree."--Margaret O.
"When I was a child, my father always had to work until noon on Christmas Eve to get his holiday bonus. When he got home, we would drive to Quincy, the small city nearest us to shop. My sister would go with one parent, and I would go with the other to shop. Later that day my father's parents and sister would arrive, and we'd have a big Christmas Eve dinner. After dinner, my father would drive my sister, grandfather, and me out to see the Christmas lights. We'd always get home having just missed Santa, but finding a big pile of presents under the tree. It always took a while because each present had a clue, and you'd after to wait until one present was opened before opening the next."--Kathy C.
"Every year we make my grandmother's cookies, a sugar cookie with lots of nutmeg, rolled very thin. My grandmother and great aunts used to bake just this one cookie every Sunday during December, and fill many old style potato chip cans with them. The recipe came down to me in way too large a quantity, so my husband and I broke it down into cups and my family has made them every year for a very long time. The first time I made them and gave them to my dad to taste to see if they were OK, I got a thumbs up. I think of him and a lot of my other long deceased relatives when I make the dough. Thank heavens my kids love them too, so the tradition will not stop with me."--Pat C.
Every Christmas Eve my family attended Christmas Eve church services. After church, we would ride around the different neighborhoods enjoying all the houses decorated for Christmas. Then we would stop at my grandparents house for hot cocoa and homemade cookies. My brother and I were allowed to open two presents on Christmas Eve and they were usually the same things, but we so looked forward to those ones the most. We each got a new pair of Christmas pajamas and a classic book. My favorite book that I received when I was 12 years old was Little Women. To this day, I still read that book during the holidays."--Kim B.
"I don't remember any traditions from growing up, but with my boys we read A Night Before Christmas every year, had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for dinner, and a breakfast in front of the fire when we were living in Maine. Now that I am Florida, we watch Miracle on 34th Street every year. Being an only child, and my partner growing up in an orphanage, traditions are not something that we are very familiar with. Our biggest tradition is our date night on Saturday. We have been doing that for 31 years. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love seeing all the pictures you post from the various parties etc., that you organize."--Carolyn
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