My Christmas Traditions
Every family has a different story to tell when it comes to their holiday traditions. Some people go caroling, some go out of town, some people open their presents on Christmas Eve, some open their presents Christmas morning… There are so many different ways to celebrate Christmas, so I’m going to share my Christmas traditions, including the recipes we make every year!
Every Christmas eve, my family and I go to church at about 7:00 for mass. It’s a very casual “family-style mass” with church members acting out the story of the birth of Jesus and plenty of cookies and treats to go around. After church, we mingle for a bit and wish merry Christmas to people, then return to my parents’ house.
At my parents’ house we make some cocoa, give each other some new pajamas, and get cosy around the TV to watch a movie. The first 10 years of my life, we watched “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but eventually my mom started to fall asleep every time we watched it, as it’s over 2 hours long. We have now started alternating between “A Christmas Story,” “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” and “The Lemon Drop Kid.” After the movie, we fall asleep and dream of presents!
When we wake up in the morning, we head over to another local church and help out with their Christmas Cheer program by delivering presents and meals to the less fortunate. And we get home, it’s time for our presents! After they’re all opened, we hang out, watch movies, and stay in our PJs as long as possible.
In the evening, we head over to my grandmother’s house for Christmas dinner, where we pig out on a Christmas dinner. Here are the Christmas-related dishes we eat every year:
Beef Tenderloin- it’s not the traditional Christmas ham, but boy, does it taste good!
Twice Baked Potatoes- potatoes filled with creamy, cheesy deliciousness :)
We also have a few other things, but they change every year
Crescent Cookies- buttery little moon-shaped cookies dusted with powdered sugar
Chinese Chews- these are totally addictive no-bake cookies made from chow mein noodles, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and chopped cashews
I can’t get enough of this season and I’m so excited to celebrate another Christmas holiday with my family.
How do you celebrate Christmas? Do you spend it with your friends or family? What are your traditions? What do you eat? Leave a comment- I’d love to hear your stories.
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