Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
Wounder what everyones got planned for this Christmas eve-do you do anything special, have a party, busy with last minutue shopping??
I aim to have everything done by then and my plan is to just simply enjoy with the family. Gona go for a meal (this is slowly becoming a modern tradition) and whatch some christmas films with my son in the evening. Nothing too speacial realy-just enjoy
We open our gifts on Christmas eve. It takes us most of the day as we are allowed only to open 1 an hour. In Between we eat, play games, eat, watch movies, eat, go out and look at lights, eat, visit, and of course we eat. It is a very fun day full of activities.
I have to work until noon but that is better then some poor people who have to work all day! Then I will be going home to my 2 wonderful sons . I will make something small to eat to take over my in laws. They have a big buffett and everyone brings a little something. We exchange our secret Santa gifts (we pick names on Thanksgiving) and eat eat eat! I try to leave to head home around 8 pm so that we can enjoy a few hours at our house on Christmas Eve as well. Gosh Im so excited... I cant believe how quick the time is going..but I can hardly wait!
On Christmas Eve is when we have our Christmas party and my wifes family comes throughout the day to open gifts and fellowship. Our day usually goes like this. Get up after 4 hours of sleep, (we were up so late finishing up cooking things that can't be cooked too early) we cook more stuff, someone comes to open gifts, we cook more stuff and clean up that mess, someone else comes, we cook more stuff and clean up that mess. And so on and so on. And then around 9:00 when everyone has finally finished up, we start cooking Christmas day lunch and try to figure out how we can get some sleep, cook a ham, and a turkey and still get up at a normal time so we can actually open some presents. Man I love Christmas.
We drive down to my moms house. We have lots of apps and eat all day. We open gifts most of the time. Then around 8pm, my husband and I drive to Michigan (from Wisconsin) so Christmas morning and the next few days we visit with his family.
Christmas Eve is when we celebrate Christmas with my step-son and my BIL and his wife. I usually take off if we don't already have the day off, but this year I may work half a day. Haven't decided yet.
We gather with both sides of our family on Christmas Day, so Christmas Eve has become our own little family day. Most of the time we stay home and I'm cleaning house, preparing for the gifts that we'll be bringing home. I can't stand a mess!
Last year we stayed at home until after DD's nap, then we went to the mall, just to "people watch" and we ate at the food court. I loved it! Then we went to the homes of two close friends for a short visit and they gave DD gifts. Later, we came home and made cookies for Santa for the first time. Ugly cookies but it was fun! We watched Santa Clause while baking cookies. I stayed up late to play Santa and watch The Christmas Story. I'd never seen the movie all the way through before!
On Christmas morning before there were small kids in our family and a rush to get to a grandparents house for breakfast on Christmas morning, DH would make pancakes, eggs, & bacon. I make chili for "occasions": college football games, Halloween, etc. I think it would be neat to do these things for our Christmas Eves so that we can start our own family traditions.
Maybe DH make breakfast, I could put chili on "low" in crockpot, then go to mall after nap, visit with friends, then home for chili, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies. Oh, this sounds so good---wonder if I can get DH on board?
We usually stay home excpet for maybe a few errands that are done early in the day. We have magical elves that visit all month long and go home the night of the 23rd so when the kids wake up Christmas Eve morning they will find a present under the tree in their bedroom (new PJS). After lunch the kids exchange their gift with each other. It will be a new toy that will help keep them busy during the day and ease some of the Christmas Eve excitment. I will put out a tray of home made cookies, cakes & breads to munch on through out the day. Christmas movies are on the TV all day and christmas music will be on dall day in the kitchen. While the kids are playing with their new toys I'll be in the kitchen prepping for the Christmas Day breakfest and dinner. Right after dinner Santa comes through our neighborhood on a fire truck handing our candy canes to the kids. Afterwards the kids get their showers and put on their new PJS. The kids will get to open a present or two from their grandmom (my mom lives with us) and then we will all relax with hot chocolate and watch the polar express. Then the kids get tucked into bed and hubby and I will watch more Christams movies until it's time for Santa to visit. Also through out the day the kids will be check Santa's location on norad!