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Garibay Soup: Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Traditions

Boy we haven't even decorated our Christmas tree this year, but I am getting really excited about the upcoming holiday. Today is Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks in My Dryer, and I haven't participated in a while, but I'm back!

Family traditions are so important. There comes a time when they stop believing in Santa Claus, and having special traditions for your children to look forward to make the holidays special to them. Hopefully they are traditions that they too will want to continue on with when they have their own families.

Here are a few of ours:

We used to allow Jayden to open up 1 present on Christmas Eve, since that's what I got to do as a child. We're changing this tradition this year to something that I think will be much for fun and exciting for the kids. I read this on someone else's blog and I wish I could give credit to whoever said it, but I have no idea. I will get a box and put stamps on it and address it to the Garibay Children. Inside the box will be Christmas pajamas, ornaments for the kids to put on the tree (somethng that represents them for the year), stickers, and a Christmas book. On Christams Eve I will have my neighbor ring our doorbell and the kids will go answer it and there will be their box. They'll have no idea where it came from, but it will definitely be something that they'll get to look forward to every year.

A tradition that Gino and I have started with our family is we buy all the fixings for an ice cream sundae. We all get to choose whatever ice cream we'd like to use, whatever toppings and we make big ice cream sundaes and snuggle up on the couch to watch A Christmas Story. This year, in the middle of us doing this the box will arrive.

We always get an ornament for everyone in our family each year. It's so amazing to pull out the ornaments every year and reflect on the past years we've shared together.

Of course we make Christmas cookies for Santa and Jayden leaves Santa a letter ~ I then enjoy the heck out of eating those delicious cookies.

I would love to hear what other's do for their Christmas traditions. So, please leave a comment and let me know what you do!!

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Anonymous Allison said...

My husband and I grew up with different Christmas traditions that we've found difficult to compromise on. His Santa used to wrap everything, my Santa left toys unwrapped and set up. He used to open presents on Christmas Eve, and I wasn't allowed to open ANYTHING before Christmas morning. EVER. I'm willing to let our kids open new PJ's the night before, so I choose a present for them to open, and MAGICALLY it's new jammies! Every time! I like the package at the door idea much better, though. Thanks for sharing!

December 10, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Mordecai said...

Wow, that's a great idea! We do a New Year's read-a-thon until midnight with fun snacks. This year I think we're going to get some different kinds of cheese and crackers.

December 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Krisi and Adam said...

What a great tradition. Check out my blog for our Christmas traditions!

December 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM  

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