I hope y'all had an amazing Thanksgiving full of lots of yummy food!
I know mine was.
We're still eating leftovers. 8)
To get into the Christmas spirit, I'm linking up to a Holiday Blog Challenge!
It's day two and the topic:
Favorite Holiday Tradition, Old or New
Christmas Eve Present
Growing, my sister and I weren't told about Santa.
We knew all along that our presents came from our parents.
So every year on Christmas Eve, we were allowed to pick one present from under the tree (excluding the big ones!) to open.
This helped with the anxiousness of wanting those presents now!
Growing up, as a family, my mom would send them out.
Then she stopped sending them but I picked back up in middle school.
Handing them out to everyone I know, with two mini candy canes to make a heart attached to the back.
Even now, Vito & I send out photo cards (which we started last year!).
I get excited every year sending and receiving them!!
P.S. I ordered ours this past weekend. If you want one, let me know in the comments & I'll add you to the list!
Decorating the Christmas Tree
Every year, my mom puts together the tree and puts the lights on it.
Putting on the ornaments is the "kid's job".
So my mom sits back and we all decorate.
Even though my sister has her own family and has moved out, they still come over to decorate the tree still.
Growing up, we were better at this but we use to get a new ornament each year.
We've been slacking lately but we still do this occasionally.
The most fun of holiday traditions at our house.
Since I was probably 10, my mom would get up early on Christmas Eve and hide a pickle ornament in the tree.
Every year, my sister and I (now Princess, Vito, and my brother in law too) search for the pickle in the tree.
Whoever finds the pickle receives an extra present.
It gets ugly and competitive in our house & I love it!
(even though I'm pretty much the worst one at finding it...)
Christmas Eve Night
Since Vito has been around, we started our own tradition for Christmas Eve night.
Once it gets dark, we go and drive around looking at the Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music.
At 10:30, we head to Christmas Eve service.
The candle light part is my favorite.
We then head home and it is usually 11:45.
We turn on Christmas music from the radio and dance to the light of the Christmas Tree until after midnight.
It has become one of my most favorite parts.
What traditions do you have?
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