What Christmas Traditions do you have?

What Christmas Traditions do you have?  We have several Christmas Traditions, starting with the first ornament on the tree each year.  Our 1st Christmas Together ornament from 33 years ago is always the first ornament on our family Christmas tree.  It is a tradition that every year from each of our sons births, my parents have given them an ornament and so have we.  My parents also have given us a new ornament every year and we have given each other ornaments too. Before the boys got married, our huge tree was loaded with great memory ornaments!  As they each have gotten married, their ornaments went with them.  That gave each of them a great start on decorating their own Christmas trees.  We have continued this tradition with our kids and grandchildren.  Each ornament given signifies something special that has happened during that year.  Baby’s 1st Christmas, 1st Day of School, Sports Awards, Cars/Keys, and Graduation are just a few examples of the ornament memories.  There are also ornaments to remember those not so funny at the time things that happened, like a police car for a speeding ticket and a fish on a hook to remember when our oldest daughter in law put a fish hook through our second sons face on a fishing excursion.  He always reminds us of walking into the emergency room with a fish hook hanging out of his face and the lady asking him what they could help him with.  He tells the story so funny, like he always ran around with a fish hook hanging out of his face and there must have been another problem! LOL!  We have a Brady Bunch TV ornament that reminds us of our 3rd sons birth.  His name is Brady. The Brady Bunch was on the TV in the delivery room when he was born.  We had already picked his name before and weren’t paying attention to what was on TV during his delivery.  It was a big surprise when we got our pictures back and saw the Brady Bunch on the TV in the background while the doctor was holding Brady up.  We have a Reggie Jackson player ornament and a picture ornament of Reggie Jackson and our son Drew together at a Spring Training event.  We also have several Yankee ornaments that signify Drew getting drafted by them and some of the awesome things he has gotten to do. There are precious ornaments on our tree that are over 50 years old given to me by my grandparents. We have a large nail engraved with “Forgive Them” that hangs on our tree to remind us of the price Jesus paid for our sins and the reason he came to this earth.

When our boys were all home, we had a tradition of making a large gingerbread house every year.  It was always interesting to see how they decorated it.  We have not made one in several years, so this year we are starting the tradition with our grandchildren.  It will be fun to watch how they choose to decorate it and hear all of the laughter as they do!

Tooth Fairy Pillows

Tooth Fairy Pillows

The BFC is a big tradition in our family!  That is the Bridges Family Christmas weekend.  My husband is from a family of 4 boys.  They are now located in Alaska, Chicago, Tulsa, and here.  Each year, usually the weekend right before Christmas, we have our BFC.  Everyone gathers on Friday evening and we go out to eat (with a reservation for 26).  On Saturday morning we wake up slowly and gather.  We vary if our big meal is at lunch or dinner and eat the other meal accordingly.  All of the women usually make a fun shopping trip run that always ends at Starbucks with a lot of laughter!  Our Saturday evening runs into early Sunday morning with a big Spades Tournament for the adults.  The winner gets bragging rights for the next year! Last year, for the first time, we all went to church together on Sunday morning.  Our oldest son is a pastor and it was his first Christmas sermon.  That was a very special time and I hope it becomes part of our BFC tradition.

Everything Stephen Joseph!

Everything Stephen Joseph!

Our Christmas Eve tradition is the evening at my parents house eating and opening gifts.  Christmas morning, our kids and grandchildren come to our house after they have opened gifts at their own homes.  Our tradition is to have coffee and hot chocolate as my husband reads the Christmas Story from the Bible.   After reading the Christmas Story, we pray together thanking God for everything he has done for us and for loving us.  Then it is time for the presents!  We pass them out and take turns opening them.  I love having our whole family together! That is the best Christmas gift they can give me!

I am an only child and one of our Thanksgiving & Christmas traditions was to have lunch with my Mom’s family and dinner with my Dad’s family.  We still try to carry that tradition on.  Our sons and their wives vary on who can make what meal according to their other family plans.  I love getting the extended family together.  We usually have around 25 at lunch and 45 at dinner.  I love to hear the laughter and the conversations going on.  I know a lot of people don’t enjoy getting their families together, but it warms my heart when we do!

We have many other little traditions that we do.  What are some of your favorite traditions?

Customized Dance Bags

Customized Dance Bags

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If you don’t have any Christmas traditions, this is a great year to start!  Enjoy celebrating Christmas with your family and friends!

Tom Jones Watercolor Prints

Tom Jones Watercolor Prints

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