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post Dec 25 2006, 03:45 PM
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Happy Holidays, everyone!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or some other festival around this time of year, each family has some tradition(s) that usher in the holiday season. What are some of yours?

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My family (save the 5 year old) stays up on Christmas Eve and pulls the equivalent of an all-nighter wrapping the gifts. In the morning, the littlest one wakes us all up and gets us all downstairs to see if Santa came. Every year, his jaw drops and he exclaims "SANTA CAME!!!"

Another bit of tradition we have is that my stepmom makes this specific French Toast recipe every year for Christmas breakfast. It's a sine qua non, if you will. (Learned that phrase yesterday! Yay, Wikipedia! *feels smart* happy.gif)

Anyways, what are some of the holiday traditions you guys have?

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post Dec 25 2006, 04:30 PM
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Aww, that's adorable. We've not got any five year olds, but the code of secrecy around each person regarding the gifts they got for others is really tight, so we all go to bed immediately after coming home from church and then sneak down later. Once everyone's up in the morning, we open stuff and get guilty about the excess, and then have a huge brunch with my grandmother and very nice but very deaf aunt.

Every year, we also try to trick whoever we're gifting someone to with the wrapping--hiding books in Gap boxes, etc. My brother got me best this year, though, putting my present (an electric buzzer for my mohawk) inside a massive mixing bowl and then wrapping the whole thing with bubble wrap and then gift paper until it was this bizarre lumpy mass under the tree.

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post Dec 25 2006, 06:36 PM
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Turkey dressing sandwiches for lunchtime. It's an odd tradition but there you go.
My mother, and later I, always make too much stuffing and the excess is for lunch. We then don't eat much of anything until a large christmas day dinner. One year I even made turkey dressing for lunch eventhough dinner turned out to be pizza. laugh.gif

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post Dec 25 2006, 10:21 PM
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All the kids (my older brother and sister, me and my younger brother) all opening our stockings together, then waiting until nine before waking up the parentals, going downstairs, opening tree presents then having a feast of a breakfast. This year, mum made bagels and cranberry and chocolate Christmas muffins.
My Granma [sic] stayed over this year, and as she had never had a stocking as a child, my mum made her one up. It was a surprise and the look on her face (and the tear in her eye) way beautiful. She is 85.

Another tradition is that we only have two meals- breakfast lasts until about 1pm and dinner is at about 6 or 7pm.

I find it quite enjoyably(sp?) ironic that Christmas improved after my parents split up biggrin.gif

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post Dec 26 2006, 05:06 AM
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A tradition for the kids is to open one present Christmas Eve, and then stay up until 12:00. Once it's 12, we're allowed to unwrap one gift per hour, until we run out completely. If it's passed 8, we can open all of them.

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post Dec 27 2006, 01:11 AM
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Every year my wife gives me a bottle of Woods Old Navy Rum. At 100`proof its about the strongest you can buy over the counter.
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post Dec 28 2006, 01:26 PM
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Almost every year my family come down to Deal (well, sideways technically) and spend Christmas down here so that on Christmas day we can go to the graveyard and say morning to my grandparents and great grandparents who are dead there. Usually we'll wake up at about 10, my parents will come into the room where my sister and I sleep and we'll open stockings. Then we'll go down for breakfast which is generally pannetone because my dad's company receives a pannetone and two bottle of wine every year from an Italian client. We'll go for a walk, graveyards and such then return and start making Christmas lunch/dinner whilst we watch TV. Then we'll swap presents for each other. We'll then eat, go for a walk, watch TV and sleep. It is the same every year. Nothing particularly special.

For Chanukkah we're pretty regular too. My sister and I receive money and on the last day we'll meet up with another Jewish family and play dreidles and have a meal.

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