christmas traditions

since it’s almost christmas, i thought i’d give you an idea of what the holidays are like for my family. i love forward to our christmas traditions every year. on christmas eve, joe and i head up to my parents’ house and go over to my former church with my family for the christmas eve service. i absolutely love this service. it’s entirely musical, and it ends with the congregation singing christmas carols by candelight. it’s such a nice way to start christmas and remembe what the holiday is all about. so many people seem to forget that.

when we get home, we have our christmas eve dinner, which consists of chow mein and fruit salad. my mom also makes cranberry crunch for dessert. after dinner, we gather in the living room to open presents. we’ve always opened presents on christmas eve, and i can’t tell you why. i love it though. i’m still like a little kid when it comes to presents. i can’t wait to open them! more than that, though, i can’t wait for others to open what i got them. i really do enjoy watching their faces more than i enjoy opening my presents. it makes me feel good to know that they really like what i got them.

this year will be slightly different as we’re doing christmas eve at ryan and oriona’s house. everything will be the same just in a new location.

on christmas day, we open our stockings (yes, my parents still hang stockings for all of us!), and then begin working on christmas dinner, which is the same as thanksgiving dinner: vegetarian turkey slices filled with stuffing, a real turkey, mashed potatoes, a broccoli and corn dish, wild rice with vegetarian chicken and plain corn for me. i cannot wait. i love this meal, and i love that we have it for christmas too. joe’s parents will be joining us again, and this year, nana is coming as well. i’m so excited to see them. oriona’s family is coming this year too, so it will be a full house!

after dinner, we always go to a movie. joe thinks this is hilarious because he says it’s been a jewish tradition for hundreds of years. 🙂

and that, my blog friends, is how we will be spending the holidays. what are you doing for christmas?



  1. 1
    Sara Says:

    This year we’re driving to Richmond, on Christmas Eve, to get Jess and bring her back here. She’s always driven here in the past, but doesn’t have a replacement car yet. We usually have a ham on Christmas day, sit around, watch movies, just be together. We have the tree up, but we put aside some ornaments for her to hang on the tree. 🙂 We used to go to the movies on Christmas Day, but it’s usually the only day we’re all together, so we now stay in. We watched the LOTR movies each year on Christmas in the theaters and before that I’m sure we saw something that was a series.

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

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    Lindsey Says:

    That sounds like a delightful Christmas to me!! I love all of the traditions surrounding Christmas most of all. I’ve been starting a few of my own little traditions with Edgar too, which is nice, and I can’t wait to have more someday when we have kids. For now though, I just relish being home with my family. It’s really the one time I can (kind of) feel like a kid again! I go home tonight….yay!

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    jennifer Says:

    I will be heading out to Adam’s parents Christmas Eve. We open our presents have dinner * turkey or ham* and all the fixins. We sit and talk and celebrate. Christmas Day we open presents, eat meat pie, and open more presents upstairs. Then we head out to my grandmothers for a nice scottish brunch and head home to fill the house with too many people for a dinner.

    Merry Christmas

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