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What is the one thing your family and you do every Christmas? Is there a special movie/show you watch? Do you always go to church together? Is there a special meal, cookie, pie you have? Share your memory here!

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Every Christmas, my family always goes to Christmas Eve mass. I always used to go with my family, but ever since I dated my husband, I have went with his family to Christmas Eve mass and then we celebrate Christmas on the Eve. I am not sure when we will do it this year though because we both work night shift this year on Christmas Eve and he will have to go until work at 4:30. Bummer...anyway, we always go home from church then and open presents and watch a Christmas Story. What a classic! Now that I have kids, we spend the night at his parents house, which I think once my daughter gets another year older, we will start spending the night at our house, that way she knows Santa is coming to our house! Every Christmas Day then, we spend it with my family. We open gifts at my house for my kids before we go out to my parents, then we go out there for the day. We have a ham and turkey every year and we watch Christmas show and movies all day. We also watch the parades. I should be off this Christmas Day night this year since I have to work the Eve. I think my husband is too, so that will be so nice because both of us won't have to take any naps during the day!!! I know we kind of do pretty much the same thing every year, but that is why I love Christmas and that is why I love my family!
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I have to watch White Christmas, that is a must. I think I have it memorized now! My mom talked me into watching it one year when I was a teen and I fell in love with it. We never made cookies or left them out for Santa. But the meal we shared when I was child was straight out of Dickens. We had the traditional English meal, (now I know where my love of England comes from). I do the Norad tracker of Santa, and I'm usually on MMC with my Christmas family!
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Every year at Christmas I go to my sister's house usually the first Saturday in December and we decorate her tree. Then we go shopping together !!! It is so much fun !! We go to her house on Christmas Eve and we exchange our gifts. The whole of Christmas for me centers around those events !!

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My family dont no tradition. dont really no why
My two brothers live within a mile of me and i usually dont see them round christmas. and if i do it a flying one for about 5 minutes
See them like 3/4 times every other week of the year. guess they married and have to spead time with there own famiily and they both married girls can are the "boss,s " they dont give presents or sent cards.. on saying that i dont bother either.
But it made up with friends and neibours. i could not ask for better
The last week of november my mates come round and we start the outdoor decor as done of then do outdoor so they help me
One mate i go down and get her indoor decor up as she says she no good at decorating the tree
Christmas eve mates come to mine have been doing that this 10 years we have a laugh and me and one mate dress up as santa and mrs clause and go round the estate .
Christmas day there is always about 10 for dinner. only family there is my uncle who lives with me. but it always good crack and everone seeMs to enjoy it. i never ask them to come they just do, christmas day dinner michelle.s !! Truthfully i dont htink i woood want it any other way
This year gonna watch the tracking santa thing and check in with mmc so thats something more for me to do
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Christmas Eve, especially in the evening, is movie time. We head to our "screening room" in the basement and thread up the projector. The program varies, but always includes some Castle Films carol reels, Gloria Jean in "Snowtime Serenade," a feature-length Christmas film, and "Star in the Night." We spend Christmas Day with Mr.'s family, and sometimes have some more films in the evening.
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8 PM Christmas Eve Candle Light Service at church... then home, where my daughter and I will watch Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol... Christmas morning opening presents, then off to my Dad's for Christmas lunch/dinner, followed by an afternoon of playing board games and eating cookies with the siblings and in-laws...
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On Christmas eve, we go to the evening church service, then come home and it's a big spread of munchies. Coctail weinies in sauce, bacon wrapped water chestnuts, ham & pickle roll ups, shrimp coctail, cheese, sausage and crackers, spinach dip in a bread bowl, chips and dip, nuts, cookies, fudge, and probably a few other misc items. After filling our plates, we head to the living room and open "family" presents - we have to make room under the tree for the "Santa" presents. A Christmas Story is always playing 24 hours on Christmas Eve, so that's on whether we're watching it or not. Santa comes while we are sleeping, so we get up, open those, then head off to whatever family member on either side is hosting Christmas dinner. Sometimes it's one on my side and one on my husband's side.
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Well, we have a lot of every Christmas traditions. I started a few years ago doing 12 Days of Christmas (movies, games, crafts, special dinners, etc.) More recently we started 25 Days of Christmas Fun. So, I have a pretty long list. Some of the highlights...one night we watch A Christmas Story, have Chinese for dinner and I make OH FUUUUUUDDGE for dessert. On Winter Wonderland night we go downtown and see the lights (kids get a wintery gift like scarves, gloves, coats or mittens.) I could go on...but I have a list of about 40 of these now. There are about a dozen that we do every single year; but there are also some new ones for this year that we've never done before.
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Christmas dinner is always at our house and not at my brothers,my brothers house just isnt christmassy enough for me unlike ours so christmas day is always spent at our house.
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I usually try to go an earlier Christmas Eve service where the kids sing the carols. So sute & festive! The church always looks so beautiful. Then, I go home & we make a Christmas Eve dinner. It's usually just my husband & I (our families are back in the midwest) so we'll do steaks on the grill, potatoes, corn, etc. Then, we drive around & look at Christmas lights & listen to holiday music. When we get home, we light candles, turn of all the lights except the tree, and watch Elf & Scrooged. On Christmas morning, we get up & put the A Christmas Story marathon on, get some coffeee & settle in to exchange a few presents. Harlowe loves this part, she always has the most fun! I swear she likes ripping apart the paper the best. Next, we share a traditional Christmas Pizza (When we first moved out here, money was tight, so that's all we could afford. Now, we look back fondly on those days & appreciate what we have.) We'll never give that pizza up! After this, we skype our family to wish them a Merry Christmas. Then, get started on our big Christmas dinner. I throw in a ham, make mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, hot rolls, and he makes homemade cranberry sauce. Christmas cookies for desert. Usually, some friends come over for the big meal, and we just enjoy their company. Scrooge, Christmas Vacation, and It's A Wonderful Life are watched throughout. This year, my parents will be out here. Can't wait!!
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