Tammy - One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the baking together as a family in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. We all help pick out the recipes and extended family is more than welcome to join in (or be the leaders) and we have a blast!! I love it!!! We read the birth of Christ on Christmas morning prior to opening presents and it helps put our family in the proper spirit!! We also limit our gift giving to a need, a want and something special or meaningful. I love the kids lists - they listed three things that they wanted but, did different things for each family. The rule I gave them was they couldn't repeat something on any of the people. So they had to be very specific. That was fun. This year, for school, we are researching All Things Christmas - learning the symbolism behind some of the traditions. I am enjoying this simplified version of school as much or more than the Children. We also are focusing more on service, too.
Jaime - My very favorite Christmas tradition is the breakfast. My Dad is Scottish. We have very few "traditional" dishes or things we do for this part of my heritage, but we did have one thing. Every year my Mom would make a Scottish Dumpling. It is not the fastest dish, but she made it each year for breakfast. We knew it was only once a year and we really looked forward to it.
When I got married and moved out my husband and I wanted to start our own family traditions. This is one that we still carry on for our children every year. It is a very special treat and we look forward to it each morning. (almost more than the gifts...)
Dana – There are so many special family times during the Christmas Season that it’s hard to narrow it down to one. I guess I love our Christmas Eve service where My husband reads the Christmas Story from Luke and then from the Book of Mormon and cries every single time. We all look at each other anticipating the tears which we know will come.
It is a sweet time.