Driving my husband to work this morning he asked me how long I thought you had to be doing something for it to be considered a tradition. My first answer was - more than once with plans to continue. My second answer was - you can make the statement "we're starting a new tradition" and thus it is a tradition, yet you have in fact, not done it yet. What do you think?
When we were first married we lived in the same town as my parents, his parents, my brother's family, my sister's family, and my brother-in-law who still lived with my in-laws at the time (being in high school and all). This made it so we were bombarded with family on the holidays. Like Thanksgiving lunch and Thanksgiving Dinner. I'm sure many of you have endured similar. By our second Christmas we were sick of it, and we had a child. So we embarked on some traditions of our own. Like we blew all meals off on Christmas Eve and our family goes out for Chinese food, which is actually a family tradition that we stole from my brother-in-law's family in Virginia. I think the whole family has since stolen this tradition as well.
Also when we were first married we sat down and discussed the traditions we had growing up, and which we'd like to keep and which we'd like to do away with. Here's what we came up with, some his, some mine, some brand new to the both of us.
- On Christmas Eve Eve (the 23rd) we exchange ornaments. (His/New)
- this one we sort of modified. His family always did ornaments for the kids each year. But they also opened family presents Christmas Eve and Santa presents Christmas Day. That didn't leave us any special ornament opening date, so we do it Christmas Eve Eve each year. This way also, if any presents are late and show up the day after Christmas, my husband, whose birthday is the 27th, has basically an entire week of present opening, which he of course loves.
- We eat at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve. (New)
- Christmas Eve we open family gifts (His)
- Christmas Eve, one of the presents the kids open is PJs and/or slippers (Mine)
- Before coming downstairs Christmas morning, the kids have to drink a glass of orange juice. (His)
- The kids do not however have to brush their teeth before drinking the aforementioned orange juice. (New revision)
- Christmas morning we open Santa presents (His/Mine)
- Our kids know that we are Santa (New)
- An orange in our stockings - although it'll probably be a Clementine (Mine)
- We eat Danish aebleskiver's for Christmas breakfast (Mine)
- My dad is half Danish and at some point in my parents' marriage they decided to adopt some cultural traditions... they once lived in Santa Barbara, which is next to the Danish town of Solvang, and so the aebleskiver tradition was born.
- We sit around in our PJs a lot (just sort of happens)
What are your holiday traditions... new, old, revised?