Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Traditions: Christmas Past

Family Christmas traditions are as different as one person is to the next. I love hearing about all the different Christmas traditions because they make each family unique and gives interesting insight how strong family bonds are formed. Since I like it so much, I decided to share some of traditions from Christmases past, present and future, starting with Christmas past.

"Wrapping" the Door

Every year my mother bought an extra roll of wrapping paper so we could "wrap" the front door. The paper was never as wide as the front door, but we had an outer door that covered the unwrapped edges. We decorated the door with ribbon and lights. The challenge was how to run an extension cord through the crack under the door.

A Real Christmas Tree

The funny thing about having a real Christmas tree every year is my sisters and I have a broad range of allergies. Seems like that real tree should have sent someone to the hospital. Even more memorable was our homemade Christmas tree stand, which was a tall white bucket of dirt in which we would bury the stump.

 No Sleep

This wasn't really a tradition that anyone planned. The excitement of Christmas and presents kept us up all night. We eventually went to sleep very late, collapsing from exhaustion.

Christmas Music

My dad is a huge music buff so it stands to reason the music played a big part in Christmas. One song in particular, Sleigh Bells, HAD to be played every Christmas. Why was this song so special? Because my sisters and I would gallop around the dining room table and neigh like horses. I still laugh at the thought of how strange we must have  looked. 

What are some of your favorite childhood Christmas traditions?

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