While Christmas memories of the past are a wonderful thing, new memories or traditions are good as well.
I don’t remember when Nancie and I started this tradition but for the last few years, it has been a standard for us.
We have always loved to watch a Christmas Carol (B&W version with Alastair Sim), then we would load the tree with the presents, fill the stockings and off to bed to get up in the morning and open everything and then go to someones place for dinner.
Well, we started having Christmas dinner at home, it was just more relaxing for the two of us and with Nancie working most Christmas Eves til late, it was about the only time that we could be together as our little family.
But things got a little changed a few years ago, and now we have a, what some might find strange, but our little Christmas Eve tradition.
One Christmas Eve, I had worked in the day and Nancie had worked til around 10 or so but we still wanted our Christmas Carol movie night, so we put the presents under the tree, filled the stockings, got in our PJs and then curled up and watched the movie.
By the time the movie had finished, it was just after 12 and I don’t know who said it but the comment was made “Hey, its Christmas, lets open presents” So, we stayed up and opened the presents, laughed and had fun in the early morning hours. Then we went off to bed and slept in on Christmas morning – walking into a living room with paper, and ribbons and boxes everywhere and unwrapped presents under the tree.
So now, every Christmas Eve, we put the presents under the tree, filled the stockings, get in our PJs, curled up and watched the movies (our DVDs now have A White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and of course, A Christmas Carol). And when midnight comes, we open our presents, sometimes watch a new DVD if we get one, and then leaving the papers, etc we go off to bed and sleep in.
So, do you have any traditions that your parents didn’t have that you have started with your kids???
And if I don’t get back before then:
Happy Christmas (for those traditional English family)
God Jul (Swedish)
Hyvää Joulua! (Finnish)