Traditions & MemoriesThis forum area discusses all the time honored traditions of Christmas. From Christmas trees to mistletoe to great fun with Santa these topics bring us together and inspire great celebration year round. We relish learning of Christmas from all parts of the world and sharing unique cultural traditions from all over. Share your ideas and fond memories here!
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I've never been much of a baker but a bakefest sounds like so much fun.
It is fun and I have a blast every year.
By the beginning of December I will have my recipes selected and my grocery list for any items that I need for my bakefest including foil, saran wrap, extra container, gift bags, etc.
Either the night before or first in the morning I will make any cookie dough that needs to be chilled so while they are chilling in the frig I can make other cookies. All cookies that need cookies cutters (sugar, gingerbread, etc) are done at the same time. This saves time from having to clean up the cookie cutters and flour once instaed of twice. All varieties of chocolate chips cookies are done at the same time. I will do double batches at a time. They all use the same basic ingredients except for the different chips so I will already have everything out. No searching for a misplaced ingredient or two.
I have the dinning room table covered with cooling racks and hot pads for the cookie sheets. I have a card table set up with the containers to store the cookies and another one as the cookie decorating station.
Once the cookies are all done then I do the cakes, muffins and brownies which is usually the second day.
I love to get with family on Christmas Eve. And spend Christmas Morning and day with my family. I have a 6 yr. old little girl. I always let her pick one gift to open on Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning I am usually the one getting her up and moving. I usually make coffee and some rolls. And then kick back and watch the little one unwrap gifts. I usually make a nice dinner as well. So yes, I guess my tradition(s) would be the 1 gift on Christmas Eve (my parents did that with me) and I also get my daughter a Christmas Ornament that has something to do that pertained to her that year. Such as...she loved Dora the Explorer one yr. so I got her a Dora ornament, one year we got her a horse and so I got a horse ornament, one yr we went to Mt. Rushmore etc etc etc...I always mark her name and the year on the back. Something I think she will always treasure and have fond memories of when looking back. Something I hope she shares with her kids someday.
Up until I moved to the states in Japan we treated Christmas more like a birthday. We had fried chicken, birthday hats, we had a Christmas tree but present was not under them they were handed to us birthday style. But when I turned ten we moved to the states and we were invited to dad's boss party that's when we learn the real way to celebrate Christmas. Come to think of it it was also because of dad boss that momand dad became Christians.
Hey everyone, I love reading about all these traditions. I am back living at home with my parents and sister so the same traditions follow since i was a kid for the most point. Most of the decorating of tree,outside, and inside is done by Thanksgiving. We have a tradition of watching Charlie Brown Christmas on my birthday (Dec 9) and On my dad's birthday(Dec 21) We watch a Muppet's Christma Carol. Those are 2 specific movies we have to watch as a family. (Seeing neither i nor my sister are married or have kids its pretty easy getting us together) On Christmas eve day we usually go to my aunts house and spend a few hours with my mom's whole extended family (40-50 people) everyone brings some finger foods, snacks, desserts, and salads to eat and we basically just visit sing then we do a christmas auction and then after that we head home. Once we get home my sister and i go put on xmas music and head to the tree. My mom has us open one present each, which is always new PJ's (yep still get them even at 30) Most of my aunts follow this tradition as well... My nana did the same to them and she sometimes still gets them pj's for xmas(I will explain later in the post) So after that we chang into our new pjs and either watch a movie or read from a book, or play a christmas board game. Then its off to bed. My sister sleps in my bedrm christmas eve. While my mom finishes up with the gifts or stockings we are doin the same for her and dad in our bedrm. Come morning (we tend to sleep a little later than when we were younger, It must be age) We go out and open our stockings and then we bring in mom and dad's stockings whic they open while we get coffee and our special christmas casserole breakfast heated up. Every year we change the breakfast but it is always something special that we have on christmas day only. So as we wait for the breakfast to cook we start opening gifts and take a breakfast time during that and after all the gifts are open we generally stay occupied with our gifts untill later on when we have company. We generally don't do anything with my dad's side of the family but may this year. So thats the basic outline but things do change. My Nana and my mom and her 5 sisters do whats called a sister's get together which i am included in because i am more like a sister to my aunts than a niece. So what we do is the first saturday in Dec we meet at one of our houses bring some great food and basically sit around in our pj's and play games all day and just get a good visit in. We also by a little somthing for each other and thats when my nana gives them all their pj's. Sorry this was so long.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!
Try to keep a piece of it with you each and every day of the year!!
We do a good mix of many of the things mentioned here, but the most important time of our celebration is when the entire family gathers for the reading of The Christmas Story, from Luke Chapter 2....Wow, I get glory bumps just thinking about the birth of the little baby who grew to be the man who hung on Calvary.....
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