Christmas Traditions

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  I can’t say that we have any major ones around here.  I’m hoping to start a few in the coming years the la la’s are getting a little older.  One little tradition that I have, which just kind of came to being, is that every year while filling out my Christmas cards I watch Little Women.  Yesterday, was my day and the best part was that Elle wanted to help me and watch along too [I get very excited at thought of her being the age where she can read and watch some of the classics that are so near and dear to me].  It’s something so very simple and really everydayish but now we can do it together and I think it will be one of those things that she will carry with her as a strong little memory.  The kind that warms your heart on a very cold day.  The kind that makes you take on traditions of your own with your own one day someday.

Another thing we do every year is partake in chocolate croissants on Christmas morning.  After traveling to Paris, and having major with drawls, I tried out Williams Sonoma chocolate croissants and let me tell you they do not dissapoint.  I highly recommend if your looking for a little splurge.  Last year, I skipped out on them and it felt like something was missing.  So I’m pretty sure it is indeed a tradition in our home.

There are other little things that seem to happen year upon year, certain music, food and the order of events.  Even just opening presents is done quite differently in every home.  I was one of “those” that got up at 6am every year, even as a teenager, and forced everyone out of bed.  I remember waiting for my dad to make coffee was like pure torture.  Then we tore into our gifts, leaving our stockings last.  Best for last that is.. they were always my favorite.

One tradition we are starting to implement is to help another family in need.  We have done this sporadically in the past but are ready to be a little more consistent.  Although the method may change from year to year the act of helping others is something we are committed to doing.

What about you?  Do you have any traditions that you grew up with?  Are you creating any new traditions with your very own family?  I’d love to hear your stories.

Oh, and as for this very interesting ugly cute Santa and Rudolph made of dough,  He has been with me since I was a kid.  Every year my husband kind of cringes when I pull him out.  This year I almost thought well maybe not this year, but he just kind of belongs.  And I think there are few things that ought never change.  And I have decided this is one.

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  • Kendra Rehel
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 11:21am

    Your Santa/Rudolph ornament is the best! I am with you — Even though some things from our childhood are lil’ less than chic + beautiful, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the sentimental pieces from our life! Keep unpacking this beauty every year ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 8:55pm

    Thanks! I’m glad someone agrees with me :)

  • Mary
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 12:02pm

    I think we are very similar. I always look forward to my night of writing holiday cards and watching a movie, although it’s not the same one every year. Little Women is definitely one of my favorites, though. I think traditions often happen organically and can’t be forced. We also have had traditions that lasted a few years but then changed for one reason or another over time. Stockings are last for sure, and they are my favorite part as well. I used to make a paper chain for our tree every year when I was little, and I have started doing them with my son now. We have lobster macaroni and cheese for Christmas Eve – that’s a new tradition we just started a few years ago. I have an ornament I made when I was 7 that cracks everybody up every year. It’s an angel, with my face on it. The head broke off many years ago, but it is superglued back together. My tree would never be complete without it.

  • Trina
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 8:58pm

    I totally agree that they happen organically and those are the best kind. OMG Lobster mac and cheese sounds so good. I was totally wanting ot make a paper chain this year ….it’s on my list for next year for sure! Thanks for commenting!!

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 6:49pm

    The only real Christmas traditions we have is to be with family at my parents’ house. The whole family is quite insistent it’s at my parents’ house too. Someone tried to usurp it this year and we quickly let her know that was NOT okay. I suspect I’ll be the one to inherit the holiday someday when I have a family of my own.

    And you need to come over for my homemade croissants. There’s nothing like ones made entirely by hand.

  • Trina
    Commented on December 12th, 2011 at 9:01pm

    I bet you will inherit the hosting one day and you’ll be brilliant at it. Oh my… I totally wish I could come by for some homeade croissants. That would be heaven!

  • Vicki Archer
    Commented on December 13th, 2011 at 4:48am

    Hello Trina… Please email your postal address to
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  • Miz.November
    Commented on December 13th, 2011 at 10:57am

    My husband and I started the tradition of watching Elf every year in the weeks before Christmas. It’s a small gesture, but we enjoy it. We still fill stockings. My mom made sure that my husband keeps that tradition going, even though I am married and out of her house. And, of course, the reading of the Christmas story at my grandparent’s house every year still brings tears to my eyes.

  • Trina
    Commented on December 16th, 2011 at 10:14am

    Oh, I love Elf… I think that is a great tradition. I need to pull that movie out this weekend. And yes, nothing like the Christmas story- that is the real meaning after all.

  • katie
    Commented on December 13th, 2011 at 1:35pm

    I love your traditions! I know you’ve read about some of our activities (thanks for the blog comment!), but one that I didn’t mention is my guilty little habit of watching A Christmas Story while wrapping presents on Christmas Eve after everyone’s gone to bed. Although it’s not exactly the most heart-warming tradition, that movie has been making me laugh for years. I think I have the whole thing memorized!

  • Trina
    Commented on December 16th, 2011 at 10:16am

    I think that is a super fab tradition. I love that movie too… one of my fav’s. Have a great weekend! My kids are on Christmas break starting in 45 minutes! Yikes!

  • Calico Child
    Commented on December 13th, 2011 at 3:52pm

    Yes love traditions Trina, I watch white christmas every year as I am sorting all the decorations out love that movie :)
    We do the unwrapping all together in a circle & take it in turns opening, my nine year old would undo the lot in one go if he had the chance tee hee I have just caught him getting up to early each morning (he set his alarm) ready for christmas morning will be turning that off once he is asleep tonight the count down has begun :) x

  • Trina
    Commented on December 16th, 2011 at 10:17am

    too cute!

  • Sharilyn
    Commented on December 13th, 2011 at 4:25pm

    I love it! I also have an assortment of “interesting” holiday decorations that my mom ceremoniously dumped in my lap one day- she declared that these were my favorites from when I was a kid- one in particular that we now have was deffinitly not a fave- in fact I was terrified of it. It is this weird turquoise blue and white clown that hangs from a silvery piece of pipe cleaner. Nothing says Christmas like a creepy clown! Well my son found it last year and now it is demanded that we hang it on the tree- so I guess I will always have that creepy clown in my life!

  • Trina
    Commented on December 16th, 2011 at 10:19am

    That is hilarious. Clowns are always creepy but this is such a fun memory. I have somewhat of a creepy ornament. It’s a little boy… I think John or Michael from Peter Pan because he wears a top hat and a night shirt. But he has scraggly hair and my kids and hubby hate him but I always hang him because he reminds me of being a kid. xo

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