It’s December 8, and it is COLD outside. Well, for Texas it is. The high twenties this morning has been our low in the past two years, but hang on it will be in the seventies by Sunday, and that’s what I love about Texas. We don’t have to freeze too long.
It’s cold. I’m snuggled up with my cup of coffee and just wanted to sit here and ponder and savor all the things I can remember that we do or have done in my family over the years, so I’ll start with traditions from my childhood.
Do you have Christmas traditions? I have so many. One of my favorites is Christmas cards. Yes it seems there are fewer and fewer each year with Facebook and iPhones, and let’s face it – it takes time to sit down and address Christmas cards and for many of them to add a sweet note inside, and they are expensive even when we buy them on sale, and then there is the postage.
Why are Christmas cards so special to us?
For many years now as the cards come in they are placed on our kitchen mini-blinds. They stay up usually for several months into late February or early March.
After Christmas we will pull a card each time we sit down to eat. If we have company we ask them to pull a card. We pray over that family. Last year I added another step to that tradition. I bought a board and now I pin the cards to that board and it stays on our fire place heart so we can continue to pray for all at once that are on that when we go into that room. It’s in a back den so we don’t visit it every day. Here is a picture of that board with our cards from 2015:
Christmas Ornaments – I’ve always given the kids a Christmas ornament from Hallmark, and now the grandkids and our daughter and son in love. I may have to change it up a bit because well we are anxiously awaiting the birth of twin boys so that will make three in my son’s family. Not sure I want to buy three ornaments just alike to go on their tree. I usually stuff their ornaments in their stocking.
I guess today children would look at a stocking filled with nuts and fruits as something not to get, but that is what my middle sister and I got in our stockings. Today I find myself filling up the little kids stockings with caps, toys, toothbrushes, gum, and any other little thing I can think of. The big kids usually get shaving supplies and gift cards and maybe some kind of fancy candy.
There is always stuff from Santa at this house even for the adult kids. Even the married kids get Santa under the tree to this day. Yes there are wrapped gifts, but Santa brings some nice stuff.
Jesus Birthday Cake
When the kids were smaller we used to have a birthday cake for Jesus, but I only did that a few times. Usually though there is a birthday cake for our son-in-love because December 25 is also his birthday.
The Lord’s Prayer
Always, always at our Thanksgiving and Christmas tables my side of the family joined hands and recited The Lord’s Prayer. We still do when we get together. I can even remember reciting it at seven years old at my Dad’s family tables.
A New Dessert Recipe
I usually take a new dessert to my side of the family. They laugh because I’ll bring that and maybe a new veggie recipe and then I make them make it after that if they want it and they usually do.
Christmas Eve with Husband’s Family
Even since we married 47 years ago we celebrate on Christmas Eve with my husband’s family. We used to do it at his Mom’s house, but several years ago we started rotating with his two sisters so it’s at our house every three years.
Christmas Eve Evening Games – We love this and the adult kids do to, and now the grandsons. Last year the two year old had a ball and I’m sure the other two year old this year will too. We have done all sorts of things from scavenger hunts to remote cars. We have a special surprise this year and I can’t share because it’s always a surprise and always the kids pair up as couples or girls against boys, and we give prizes.
Christmas Morning Breakfast – I usually have a Christmas morning breakfast. It is a celebration of Jesus’ birthday but also our son-in-laws. I vary each year, but generally we always have a Breakfast Sausage Casserole my friend Carrie gave me and I’ll add another casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruits or whatever else seems special for the year.
Christmas Lunch With My Family – Most years we do lunch with my family, but seems we always end up one place rather than rotate.
So what are some of you favorite Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear you share.