So yesterday I admitted I wasn’t really feeling all that festive… Christmas just zipped up on me so fast. We barely finished Halloween, people.
I thought I would give myself a kick in the pants and have a chat about my favorite Christmas Traditions!
You’re welcome to join in too! Leave your answers to the questions in the comments below, or, if you’re a fellow blogger, feel free to write your own post. Seriously, if we were face to face, drinking a hot drink, I’d ask you all of these. I love hearing what traditions others have!
1. Favorite Christmas movie?
I watch the same Christmas movies every. single. year. (Including 2 versions of A Christmas Carol) But my favorite is Christmas Vacation (you know you start giggling when you know Cousin Eddie is about to appear).
That’s followed closely by A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story was filmed just a few blocks away from my Grandparents in Cleveland, and it’s always been a running gag in my family that Ralphie and Randy are the spitting image, in looks and personality, to my dad and his younger brother when they were kids.
2. Favorite Christmas song?
All of them. (Is that acceptable?) I love all the old classics sung by Bing, Perry, or Frank. But my favorites are traditional carols and hymns. Favorite carol is the “Coventry Carol”. Favorite Christmas hymns are “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (if the whole congregation is singing) and “In the Bleak Midwinter”.
So, like 3 songs… totally not an excessive answer.
And I know basically all of Handel’s Messiah, and regularly sing all parts. I’m pretty awesome here in my house. Elizabeth claps.
3. When do you open presents?
Always Christmas day, and always first thing in the morning. And always listening to Mannheim Steamroller.
Although in recent years, I’ve learned to be flexible, in case husband is working, which is just a fact of life when you’re married to someone that owns a white coat.
4. What do you normally eat on Christmas day?
We don’t have a traditional meal right now. But when I was growing up with was basically a repeat of Thanksgiving – turkey and all. Breakfast was always a buffet of quick breads and cookies. Breakfast of champions.
5. What do you normally eat on Christmas eve? (you know it’s different than Christmas day!)
Nothing traditional for our tiny family (although maybe we’ve had Mexican the last few years). But again, growing up it alternated each year between cabbage rolls or hominy pie. Bleh. Hated it! My mom finally wised up and started doing enchiladas about 6 years ago.
During the day on Christmas Eve, my sister and I started a tradition when we were in High School of eating clementines and playing video games. Even now, I still eat the clementines.
6. Christmas PJs?
Duh. Unwrapped on Christmas eve.
7. Do you own a Christmas sweater?
No, actually. And for the first time in my adult life, I wish I did. It would be kind of fun!
8. When do you set up your Christmas tree?
Growing up, we had two trees. A real one, which wasn’t set up until a few weeks before Christmas. And a fake one, which was always set up the Sunday after Thanksgiving. My sister and I cranked up the Neil Diamond Christmas album, and slowly put it up. We loved sliding under the tree to attach the bottom branches. We were even proud of the scratches the artificial branches gave us.
Now, it’s whenever I can do it. But Neil Diamond is still involved. I mean, come on. He does mean renditions.
9. When is it appropriate to begin listening to Christmas music?
Technically, after Thanksgiving. But sometimes I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas just seems appropriate in August, especially when you’re sweating in the South.
10. Favorite childhood Christmas tradition?
My dad had my sister and I put together a Christmas Eve concert when we were little. We were taking piano lessons, and he wanted us to play a few Christmas duets and read the Christmas Story from the Bible. We moaned and complained, but did it anyway.
That Christmas Eve concert happened every year after that, and got even more sophisticated as time went on. We planned all day for it (in between eating clementines and racing cars), and even printed up programs. I even flew with my flute, across country from California to Michigan, just to contribute to that year’s concert. I definitely plan on incorporating that tradition in our little family!
Don’t forget – leave your own favorite answers in comments, or write your own blog post! Can’t wait to read what y’all do!