I’ve seen a lot of discussions and blog posts about Christmas Traditions in the past few weeks and I thought I’d share a few of ours- we seem to have a lot!
From my side:
8th Floor Auditorium at Dayton’s (now Macy’s): I loved this growing up and have gone every year that I could (unless I wasn’t in the state). We took the boys last year when they were just a month old. They didn’t get much out of it but we sure enjoyed it. After we journey through the display we head down to the section they have the Christmas tree ornaments in and buy a bunch for next years tree. I love collecting ornaments and you get a parking validation if you spend $20 so it’s a win-win for me. A bag of Sponge Candy for the road is also a must.
Christmas Cookies: Growing up my Mom always baked an obscene number of Christmas cookies. I remember poring over her cooking magazines for the perfect “new” cookie to select for the year. Now I’m most happy making the oldies but goodies- Russian Tea Cakes, Melting Moments, Swedish Sugar Cookies (I consider this a Christmas cookie Mom!), Krumkake and English Toffee.
Christmas PJ’s and Stockings: My Mom always makes sure we have new jammies to wear to bed Christmas night- she even gets the big boys (Mr. Wonderful, TJ and Sam) matching ones! In the morning we all get up and open our gifts from Santa. The Santa gifts are sometimes the most agonized over gifts- they have to be just right. After that we have a nice relaxing brunch complete with Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Most year we try and get to see The Christmas Carol at the Guthrie theatre. I think this year we are going to see the Jim Carrey movie instead.
From Mr. Wonderful’s side:
Christmas Eve Tamales: this is traditional in San Antonio where they were stationed for awhile with the Air Force. We’ve done this for Christmas Eve since our very first Christmas together- it was quite a disaster me making Tamales on Christmas Eve. We’ve done it every year since and I now buy mine from La Loma- they are fantastic!
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation while decorating the tree (and on Christmas Eve, and on any other night between Thanksgiving and Christmas): It’s a family favorite and now I can movie quote right along with the rest of them!
White House Christmas ornaments: Our first Christmas together my MIL gifted us an ornament from the White House. It is by far my favorite gift every year. I’ve come to know that box so well, I save it to open last and try really hard to not peek on the website to see which administration has been featured this year…I TRY anyways! This year it’s another Grover Cleveland ornament- 2007 is also GC and it’s my favorite one so far!
So, those are a few of our traditions, what are yours?