Christmas Day Tradition
Well first of all, I hope you are having a fabulous holiday season!!! I know that my life has been super busy over the last few weeks and I’ll honestly be quite happy when things settle down. 🙂
Christmas is right around the corner and I’ve been asked what our Christmas Day traditions are in our household. That’s a great question and a fairly simple answer as it’s been the same almost every year for the past 4 or 5 years now.
On Christmas eve, I fill the kids’ stockings and set out our gifts. I get some gorilla bread made up and put it in the fridge to be baked in the morning. On Christmas morning, the kids wake us up with excitement as they see that their stockings are stuffed and they have tons of presents just waiting to be opened! I call my mom to let her know she needs to come on over (she lives about 5 minutes away), and I pop the gorilla bread in the oven.
We get the kids ready for the day and quickly hurry to get ready ourselves. Once my mom arrives, we all exchange gifts and then devour some yummy gorilla bread once it’s ready. It is soooooo good. If you haven’t tried it, you SHOULD!! 🙂 I make mine with pecans instead of walnuts. It is so gooey and rich and delightful.
We let the kids play with their new toys and we ooooh and aaaah over everything for a little while and then we pack up our cars with presents for my grandma (officially called MeMe to me, MeMaw by all of my cousins – I had to be the difficult one, eh?) and whatever side dishes we made up to take to her home and we head out. She lives about an hour away and we always eat lunch with her! Traditionally, we eat Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas lunch at her house…. usually beginning around 1pm. 🙂 Once we get there, we enjoy a meal together and it usually consists of turkey, ham, stuffing, “throw up gravy” (aka giblet gravy), some sort of fruit salad or Jello/cottage cheese fruit salad, and then a huge assortment of pies, fruitcake, divinity, and fudge. This meal is always over the top and delicious, of course!
After our meal (although if everyone gets there soon enough, we will do this beforehand), we usually go to the living room and exchange more presents with our extended family. My grandma gives us gifts and we give her gifts. We take an insane amount of pictures and the kids have entirely too much fun. 🙂
Every year, we really look forward to the fellowship with our family. It’s a great time to really reflect on our year and to see how amazing the kids have become. Memories flow, funny stories abound, and people stuff themselves silly with the best food around. It really is something we love and cherish!
What are your family’s traditions? Will you be beginning any new ones this year?