What does Christmas mean to you and yours?
Do you know it’s almost time because your cousin is camped out in his less than glamorous RV in your front yard?
Do you always enjoy spaghetti and syrup on Christmas Eve?
Is the day to celebrate Jesus’ birth not complete without a Hickory Honey Ham?
Or do you want to avoid it all and take a trip to Paris with 14 other family members?
Sidenote: If “Run Run Rudolph” didn’t immediately pop into your head the moment you saw the McCallister’s running through O’Hare, please step away from our blog.
Anyways, we thought it would be fun to share some Christmas traditions-unique/different ones. We took a massive poll aka we asked around to some people we know to see what some of their favorite ones are. Maybe you’ll see something new to add to your very Covid Christmas this year.
-I’m starting with one from our family. Although we haven’t done this in a couple of years, it will always stand out in our minds. This probably started when I was in middle school and, Kat was in elementary. We would make up a Christmas play for our family. We like to think we are creative people, but the proof was in the pudding with the rave reviews from everyone in the living room. Then we stopped with the plays and started doing Christmas Carol Concerts. We would rewrite Christmas songs and change the lyrics to fun/memorable moments from the year. It was a fun and merry way to review the year, and I’m 100% sure our oldest sister would be all about us bringing this back this year.
The rest are from the poll we took. 🙂
-Wear your Christmas pajamas alllllllll day. Pick a day close to Christmas and wear some new jams. Got to go to the grocery store? You’ll be wearing Christmas trees in the checkout line. Need to run to Target? You’ll be pushing that red cart and looking like a candy cane.
-Have Christmas tree decorating competition. All the siblings get their own small/medium sized tree and get to come up with a theme for their tree and decorate accordingly. Then parents and grandparents vote on the best. It’s cutthroat and festive-the best kind of tradition.
-Name that tune using kids/classroom musical instruments. Everyone in the family writes down a few Christmas song titles (depending on how many family members). When it’s your turn, you draw a song from the pile and pick an instrument to play. Your team tries to guess the song, and if they do, they get a point. Little Drummer Boy coming from maracas? Sign me up!
-Drive around looking at neighborhood lights and vote on the best display. The “winning house” gets a basket of prepackaged goodies-hot chocolate, mugs, popcorn, and a Christmas card congratulating them on their victory.
-Deliver donuts and coffee to a local fire or police station on Christmas morning
-Have tomato soup and grilled cheese on Christmas Eve
-One of my personal favorites is eating the Pioneer Woman’s orange monkey bread on Christmas morning.
This year has left plenty of room for new memories to be made and new traditions to start.
Two more weeks…..