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Christmas Family Traditions

22nd Dec 2017

Christmas Family Traditions

Every year when I was a child to kick off the Christmas season we would decorate the tree the first week of December. Christmas music would be playing and we would have candy to munch on (we didn’t get candy every day so this was special!) A letter was written to Santa and left up the chimney for Santa to take! Not much happened between then and Christmas Eve – We didn’t have Elf on the Shelf back then! We would attend Mass on Christmas Eve and afterwards back home we would watch the news where they would show Santa leaving the North Pole. That’s when the excitement really began! We left out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots and water for the reindeers. We then got into bed but were too excited to sleep! Thinking back, my parents must have thought they’d never get to bed themselves by the time myself and my 3 siblings eventually fell asleep! We would wake up Christmas morning to a complete mess. Santa used to cover the house in black sacks and candy! A trail from our bedrooms up to our sitting room where our presents lay. Our parents would say to us “Oh my goodness I can’t believe Santa made such a mess AND he opened a box of candy from under the Christmas tree!”. My siblings and I were amazed by this! That rascal Santa making such a mess!! We would have Christmas breakfast and watch Christmas movies or play with our toys. My Dad would be busy preparing Christmas dinner in the kitchen. The smell of the turkey cooking was divine. Around 2pm we would sit down to have a scrumptious dinner and dessert. The rest of the day was spent much like the morning – just chilling. Christmas night, my Aunt, Uncle and cousins would come over and we would play together and watch movies. Every year was the same!

Christmas Family TraditionsThat was 20 years ago! Now I have my own children and I want to create those great memories for them. For my family, it starts the first week of December when we decorate the tree listening to Christmas music and eating candy! My children start their advent calendar and write how many days it is until Christmas on a chalkboard. The weeks that follow we write a letter to Santa and put it in the mailbox! We bake and decorate a Gingerbread house and Gingerbread men. We walk or drive around the neighbourhood looking at Christmas lights. We have an Elf living with us and we visit Santa in the Mall! Christmas Eve is much the same as my childhood, we attend Mass and then home to prepare for Santa’s arrival. I give my children a Christmas Eve box, which contains Christmas pajamas and a Christmas DVD. These days there are apps to track Santa, you can create personalized Santa videos and much more! (See links at the bottom for examples). Once my children are asleep, like my parents did, I scatter candy around the house and I create Santa Footprints using flour! I take a boot belonging to my husband and make footprints from the front door, into the sitting room, into the kitchen where Santa sits to eat his cookies and up the stairs to my children’s bedrooms! For the reindeers, my children leave out magic reindeer food (straw sprinkled with glitter), carrots and water outside the front door. I scatter the straw around the front porch and take bites out of the carrots! Christmas morning will be spent much like my childhood; my children wake with great excitement and are amazed that Santa was here and what a mess he made! We have breakfast, Christmas dinner and watch Christmas movies! Last year we went sledding after dinner which was a lot of fun. When my children are older, ice skating would be a fun family activity to do on Christmas Day! Christmas night I sit back, relax and take a moment to be Thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. And then, just like that, Christmas is over for another year!

Do you have any Christmas family traditions you would like to share? Leave a comment below!

However you celebrate and spend Christmas I hope it’s a Happy and Healthy one.

Santa Trackers:

www.noradsanta.org/

santatracker.google.com/village.html

Create a Santa Video:

www.portablenorthpole.com/en/videos

Personalized Dancing Elf:

www.elfyourself.com

 

 

Suzanne Maybury

Suzanne Maybury

Suzanne Maybury moved to Calgary from Ireland 5 and a half years ago with her husband. She has a Masters in Information Systems Management and works full time as an IT Systems Analyst. She now has 2 children and calls Calgary Home. Despite working full time she manages to maintain a good work/life balance and is fortunate to work 2 days/week from home, enabling her to spend more time with her children.
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