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TERRI77 SparkPoints: (292,060)
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8/15/13 10:03 P

Opening presents at home Christmas Eve after shopping & church. Then Christmas day visiting extended family & doing it all over again: eating & presents.

GLEORIA SparkPoints: (52,877)
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8/15/13 9:59 P

Going to see Zoolights

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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8/13/13 8:39 A

Every year we go as a family and get our Christmas tree, then we all take a part in the decoration of the tree.

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8/11/13 7:46 P

We leave the outdoor and tree lights on all night Christmas Eve too.





OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (61,811)
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8/11/13 7:40 P

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F73sMmb6CS0
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AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (60,750)
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8/11/13 7:32 P

My family tradition is the annual Christmas tree fight in the woods. We hike into the forest (sometimes at high altitude, through the snow) argue about which tree is the right one, then saw it down and pack it out. While slightly dysfunctional, this is good in terms of physical fitness!

Other traditions include Thanksgiving beach hikes and building an Ano Viejo for the New Year. That one is hard to explain...basically it involves making an effigy of the old year and setting it on fire at midnight. It's a Latin American thing.

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8/11/13 7:24 P

DH's family tradition on Thanksgiving is to go to Churchill Downs for the races (he's from Louisville)



mom always let sis & I open ONE Christmas present on Christmas Eve. It was always pajamas (for pictures the next morning). Sis and I didn't figure this out until we were in our teens. I did the same for her kids - bought them new Christmas pajamas every year.

CANDIK48 SparkPoints: (17,721)
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8/11/13 5:17 P

The Beloved and I go to a Christmas Tree farm and cut our tree down every year. It's something I did with my kids and even though they are grown and gone, it remains important to me. Oh.. and I bake. Not the volume I used to, but I still bake and share the goodies!

LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 39,587
8/11/13 4:58 P

Christmas is for my kids and grandkids to get together for gifts & than have our meal together. It is a fun time to reminisce and play games

PATTIJOHNSON Posts: 2,075
8/10/13 12:11 P

We open our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. For about the past 10 years, we have made a tradition of giving a joke gift to one or more of our family members -- no one knows who it will be, however, or what funny thing may arise out of the gift, so it's always a fun and humorous surprise for everyone.

Last year, we gave everyone light-weight, fabric snowballs and had a snowball fight (something we hardly ever get in Arizona)!

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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,291
8/10/13 11:49 A

Growing up in my family we always got a new board game as a family gift for Christmas. We would spend the afternoon playing the game together.



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8/10/13 7:13 A

Not the New Year one, I did it for many years with my on children, but then they grew up and are moved far enough away, that they cannot come home for every occasion.
I still do the Window Lights on Christmas Eve.

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8/10/13 1:55 A

What a wonderful tradition to have :-)

Is this still practiced by the following generations?

Kris

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8/9/13 7:39 P

On New Years Day, the entire Family, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, would all go to Great Grampa's House. All the Adults would give the Children whatever change they had in there pockets. Great Grampa would give each child a Silver Dollar. This was the start of a prosperous New Year.
On Cristmas Eve we would leave the window Lighs on all night, to represent the new light in the world, with the birth of the Christ Child, and of course to light the way for Santa.

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