Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 32

Thread: Christmas traditions??

  1. #1
    Senior Member mythreesuns's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    716

    Christmas traditions??

    What Christmas tradition(s) have you kept going since your childhood days and what news ones have you started?

    My tradition that I have kept would be the stocking... we still to this day use my dads old heavy hunting socks..
    He passed on and I asked my mom for those..and when I told her what I wanted them for..she cried.. they are the same socks I used as a child..my kids did and now my grands do also. Still filled with apple, orange, tangerine, popcorn ball and candy canes.

    My new tradition I started with my own sons and now grandchildren...every year I buy them a Christmas ornament of that years life events or interests... like my granddaughter is into horses..so she gets a cowboy boot one. My sons all tell me, they love having the ornaments...looking at them and remembering that year..
    Faye

  2. #2
    Super Member alwayslearning's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    1,460
    I got my nieces and nephews ornaments every year. When they struck out on their own, they already had a head start on their own trees, steeped in memories.
    "Only those who know enough is enough can ever have enough." Lao Tzu

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    4,984
    Blog Entries
    1
    Well, I didn't have any traditions to carry on. Our dad stole us from our mom and then we never had a Christmas; he was too busy drinking. So, over the years I've created ones and my kids use them for their families; which gives me great pride. From what we have for Thanksgiving dinner right down to the sides and then for Christmas its rouladins with mashed potatoes n sour cream gravy. We have certain dishes we use with each holiday and even this yr when my daughter cooked because I was working she came to my house and picked up the dishes to be used. They each get Christmas PJS to wear for Christmas morning. The kids are allowed to only open their stockings when they get up before the parents (always allowed me to get extra sleep time in). I always get them lifesavers books, its great now because for the littler ones they now make lifesaver gummies. We have the Christmas pickle hung on the tree for the lucky child to find. Each present it given out to the person and told who it comes from and once opened and picture taken with it the person has to thank the one giving the gift if they are there. As the presents are unwrapped the trash is put into a large garbage bag. Not only does this make cleaning up easier but it also keeps from things getting accidently thown away. We put up the tree on Thanksgiving and it gets taken down on New Years Day. There are candle opras in the window. I may have not grown up with Christmas and would have to go to school and lie about the presents we got but I made sure my kids never had to go thru that. Even though one yr every thing they got was from the Dollar Store. I think traditions are great. The other one that makes me proud that my daughter does is that in order for my kids to have their name on a present as the giver they would have had to either help make or pay for the gift. No cheating allowed. Most of the time the kids makes crafts for presents. This week my daughter and her friends are getting together with thier kids to bake cookies and make gifts. I'm glad I could give my kids some things to hold onto and pass down to thier kids. Traditions can start at anytime and be added to as time goes by. Merry Christmas to all and no matter what else is going on I hope you all have a great day on the 25th rather you celebrate Christmas or not. May your next yr make you happier than this past year. I'm sure mine will.
    Judy

  4. #4
    Super Member luvstoquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Yorkville, IL
    Posts
    4,609
    Blog Entries
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    Well, I didn't have any traditions to carry on. Our dad stole us from our mom and then we never had a Christmas; he was too busy drinking. So, over the years I've created ones and my kids use them for their families; which gives me great pride. From what we have for Thanksgiving dinner right down to the sides and then for Christmas its rouladins with mashed potatoes n sour cream gravy. We have certain dishes we use with each holiday and even this yr when my daughter cooked because I was working she came to my house and picked up the dishes to be used. They each get Christmas PJS to wear for Christmas morning. The kids are allowed to only open their stockings when they get up before the parents (always allowed me to get extra sleep time in). I always get them lifesavers books, its great now because for the littler ones they now make lifesaver gummies. We have the Christmas pickle hung on the tree for the lucky child to find. Each present it given out to the person and told who it comes from and once opened and picture taken with it the person has to thank the one giving the gift if they are there. As the presents are unwrapped the trash is put into a large garbage bag. Not only does this make cleaning up easier but it also keeps from things getting accidently thown away. We put up the tree on Thanksgiving and it gets taken down on New Years Day. There are candle opras in the window. I may have not grown up with Christmas and would have to go to school and lie about the presents we got but I made sure my kids never had to go thru that. Even though one yr every thing they got was from the Dollar Store. I think traditions are great. The other one that makes me proud that my daughter does is that in order for my kids to have their name on a present as the giver they would have had to either help make or pay for the gift. No cheating allowed. Most of the time the kids makes crafts for presents. This week my daughter and her friends are getting together with thier kids to bake cookies and make gifts. I'm glad I could give my kids some things to hold onto and pass down to thier kids. Traditions can start at anytime and be added to as time goes by. Merry Christmas to all and no matter what else is going on I hope you all have a great day on the 25th rather you celebrate Christmas or not. May your next yr make you happier than this past year. I'm sure mine will.
    So Sad! Did you ever find your mother?

    I love traditions and we have a lot. I have a velvet Santa that was at my grandmother's since I was a child...I am 71 now. I used to put it out first and put it away last...then I got smart! I bought a glass dome and Santa is out all the time. We gave the children new pjs on Christmas eve so the pictures would be nice on Christmas morning and our stockings were put in the kids beds..they got "old lady" cotton stockings that held a lot and gave us an extra hour to sleep. Nice! I just had sons so some of the traditions are no longer followed but we still have a wonderful time. Merry Christmas every one!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

    Sharon
    Yorkville, IL

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Wales, UK
    Posts
    58
    Snap! When my girls were little I always gave them one present on Christmas Eve, some pj's to wear, and it became a tradition; now I find lots of other people do the same thing.

  6. #6
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    28,624
    Now that the kids are grown and the Grandkids don't believe anymore, Christmas just isn't the same. I'm not real big into traditions. Daughter and I still make Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas Day Breakfast. We celebrate Christmas Eve and always get together for that. It started when oldest Grandaughter started visitation with her divorced Dad her third Christmas.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Norfolk, VA
    Posts
    4,984
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    So Sad! Did you ever find your mother?

    I love traditions and we have a lot. I have a velvet Santa that was at my grandmother's since I was a child...I am 71 now. I used to put it out first and put it away last...then I got smart! I bought a glass dome and Santa is out all the time. We gave the children new pjs on Christmas eve so the pictures would be nice on Christmas morning and our stockings were put in the kids beds..they got "old lady" cotton stockings that held a lot and gave us an extra hour to sleep. Nice! I just had sons so some of the traditions are no longer followed but we still have a wonderful time. Merry Christmas every one!
    Thanks for asking but no. When I was 15, married and 2 months pregnant we got a call from a family member that she had died. We knew she lived in Mich but never knew where. My husband and my aunt and uncle drove from WV up there and picked up her 3 kids that she had from her second marriage. Which is also a sad story, my Mom died of phenumonia and her husband was traveling for his job and was killed in a car accident both within an hour of each other. Neither one of the ever knew of the other ones death. I actually had met him when we were little and lived in Mich with my mom, he was great. We brought my mom back and burried her in a little cemetary on the mountain. Her three oldest daugthers were all pregnant with her first 3 grandkids when she died but since we never knew where she was she never knew. I have really great memories of my mom, I was in kindergarden when we were taken from her. I feel sorry for my littlest sister because she was only about a yr old and has no memories except for the ones I share with her. My only daughter is named after my mom and I hold my relationship with my daugther closer to my heart than I do my boys I guess because I never had a mom growing up. I'm close to my boys don't get me wrong but I realize just how much a daugther needs to have a mom around; even when my daughter doesn't think the same thing. Which happens when all kids grow up and they think they have all the answers just to end up coming back and asking the questions again. I understand the tradition things with boys, I have 4 and it's my daughter that it's most important to have things the same way each yr. Which includes one thing I forgot to mention. My daugther kick starts every holiday with my spumoni cake. When she's not in the spirit she goes and bakes one and it gets her holiday spirit going. I also make them and bring them into work to share our tradition there too. I love how it seems alot of families have the Christmas PJ tradition. Thank you again for asking. I love thinking of my mom because I have no bad memories of her and knew she loved us 100%. Which is the best gift you can give anyone.
    Judy

  8. #8
    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    6,168
    Blog Entries
    1
    Every year the whole family sits down and makes an ornament for the tree. It's a different project every year. The kids really look forward to this. When they strike out on their own, they will get all the ornaments we've made over the years to decorate their own trees with. I have several ornaments I made 35 years ago as a child, I also have 2 ornaments my mom made when she was a child and 2 ornaments my grandmother made, not sure when though. Probably the 50s or 60s.

    One year the ornament-making turned into a disaster, but now it's become legend in our family and is one of the best, funniest stories we tell outsiders.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Quilting Grandma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    416
    As a child we always got nightgowns. My mom continued this for my children, I now do it for my grandkids (all 13). I also make a Christmas ornament for each grandchild --- cross stitched, machine embroidry, quilted, etc.
    Our 30 year old grandson has just started his own family and says he has enough to decorate his tree. I love seeing their faces when they see what they got. It is great fun to match the personalities to the ornament.
    Happy Quilting Grandma of 15, 3 Greats

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    SC
    Posts
    1,908
    A long, long time ago..... I wondered what we could get our kids and grandkids so they would remember us always. My husband was against getting something that was impractical, but I finally prevailed and we ended up getting each of them a beautiful Waterford Christmas ornament each year. Some of the kids now, depending on their ages, probably have several hundred dollars worth of ornaments, and they remember which of them came from us. It's funny now, because several of the GKs are old enough to start their own Christmas traditions; and each of them want "their" ornaments as they take the next step in their lives. So I guess you could say, "It worked"...
    If you feel like you're special...it's 'cause you are!
    Momto5

  11. #11
    Super Member running1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Clinton, OK
    Posts
    1,642
    Blog Entries
    1
    We always bake a birthday cake for Jesus... that becomes our Christmas morning breakfast... Merry Christmas everyone!
    "... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

  12. #12
    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    South central Nebraska, US
    Posts
    5,585
    My kids always decorated the tree when they were at home. We could always tell how tall they were that year by where the ornaments were hung! I didn't rearrange the ornaments, just left them where they were hung. We always had a stocking and still do. We couldn't open stockings until everyone was up and breakfast was eaten.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



  13. #13
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,648
    We have cinnamon rolls in the morning. We open the gifts one at a time from youngest person to oldest. That way it takes a few hours and everyone get to see each other's gifts one at a time. My nativity is set out a few weeks ahead for all to see and ponder on the true meaning of CHRISTmas.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  14. #14
    Super Member damaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Barnesville GA
    Posts
    3,258
    Never really had a chance to develop traditions,moved to much as a kid, messed up childhood and husband made holidays miserable and for many years after my divorce didn't even do holiday things because I was always working on the holiday and my DD went to friends houses for them. But before the divorce the one thing I always did was read The Night Before Christmas to my kids. I loved it . I always wished it had continued with my grandchildren but the universe had other ideas. They are scattered all over and I never see any of them. But I love reading about others traditions.

  15. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    7

    Traditions

    My sister started something that has become a tradition in my family. When her children were young she decided that instead of having a big Christmas dinner, she would have all kinds of finger foods that we could eat at any time all day long. When my kids were small, I continued this as I didn't want to be stuck in the kitchen while the kids were putting race tracks together or trying to get Barbie dolls out of their boxes. My dh and I would be right there with the kids playing with their toys with them rather than worrying about serving a meal. My kids are 20 and 21 now so I thought we'd have a nice dinner. I talked to my daughter about it and she vetoed the idea! She wants us to continue just having various finger foods so that's what we'll do. Besides, how often do we make dips and spreads for our own families to enjoy?

  16. #16
    Super Member Slow2Sew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    1,067
    We always have a birthday cake for Jesus. My grandmother started the tradition and we have continued it for over 50 years. As was her custom, the cake is in three graduated tiers and has green frosting with drops of red coconut. BD candles are placed in each coconut drop. I let the g'kids choose a cake topper from the multitude of ornaments on my tree.

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Grants Pass, OR
    Posts
    1,979
    We did not celebrate Christmas as my parents were very religious in a religion that did not celebrate Christmas even though they were Christians. However, that did not stop me once I got my own family. We celebrate the whole month of December starting with "First Fire" which is the first fire of the season. We sit around the fireplace and talk and eat and nap and generally just "chill." We always have a 1000 piece puzzle on the living room table and work on it off and on during the month. Christmas Eve, the kids are allowed to open one present (their choice) and try to get DH and me to let them open another. No dice! Christmas morning is big breakfast time and opening presents. Laughter reigns. I have magi figurines around the house and they always find their way to the Christ child by Christmas. We go over the Nativity story and discuss it (since the kids have grown, these have been SOME discussions!) We always make a big batch of butter and chocolate chip cookies. All go home with the kids! All my DH's Christmases were sad before we were married (drunk, abusive dad, crazy mother), but all our Christmases together have been joyful, even when we didn't have much. We have each other and now we have 2 DD's and one DGD to share the joy with.
    Merry Christmas to all on the board. You are an awesome bunch!

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    403
    My oldest sister started giving me an ornament every year after i got married, so i do that with my kids now. My eldest went through a divorce and her ex threw away her Christmas box when he emptied the house while she was gone. She was devastated so i gave her all the ornaments that my sister had given me from when she was a baby to start her new collection. I travel for work so i buy each of my 6 kids and my sister ornaments from where ever i am. So this year, Hawaii and Germany.

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Southeast Georgia
    Posts
    2,526
    I started giving my kids their own ornament from their first Christmas on and have continued this with my DGKs. It's always funny to watch the evolution of the ornaments, from Sesame Street to Angry Birds, and so on. They are always funny and they have a ball putting them on their own trees!

  20. #20
    Super Member Treasureit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    OC, CA
    Posts
    2,938
    My parents had the tradition of giving us lots of gifts to open...but not necessarily expensive ones...well...never expensive ones. I remember her telling my husband when we were first married that I liked a lot of gifts to open, and they didn't have to be expensive....he has carried on that tradition! But he forgot about the not expensive part. If I put 10 things on a wish list he would get them all. So, I have learned to put fewer expensive things on the list.

    I tend to do this with my Grandchildren too...lots to open....but since we are now up to 12 Grands...thinking we will have to slow down more and as they get older they want more specific things...so changes they are a comin'.

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Beautiful BC
    Posts
    1,214
    Blog Entries
    1
    We have fondue on Christmas Eve and i cook a big brunch Christmas day. Everyone gets a stocking and the kids get to open theirs as soon as they wake up.

    One year the kids slept in and dh and i finslly woke them up.

  22. #22
    Super Member sewingsuz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    5,897
    Your story is very nice but it sure made me cry. I am the only Girl in my family and I try to make things very nice for my kids. I do have some cookies i make that is a tradition. Now I have started one and I always make Meat balls for Sandwiches on Christmas Eve or before depending when Christmas falls.
    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    Well, I didn't have any traditions to carry on. Our dad stole us from our mom and then we never had a Christmas; he was too busy drinking. So, over the years I've created ones and my kids use them for their families; which gives me great pride. From what we have for Thanksgiving dinner right down to the sides and then for Christmas its rouladins with mashed potatoes n sour cream gravy. We have certain dishes we use with each holiday and even this yr when my daughter cooked because I was working she came to my house and picked up the dishes to be used. They each get Christmas PJS to wear for Christmas morning. The kids are allowed to only open their stockings when they get up before the parents (always allowed me to get extra sleep time in). I always get them lifesavers books, its great now because for the littler ones they now make lifesaver gummies. We have the Christmas pickle hung on the tree for the lucky child to find. Each present it given out to the person and told who it comes from and once opened and picture taken with it the person has to thank the one giving the gift if they are there. As the presents are unwrapped the trash is put into a large garbage bag. Not only does this make cleaning up easier but it also keeps from things getting accidently thown away. We put up the tree on Thanksgiving and it gets taken down on New Years Day. There are candle opras in the window. I may have not grown up with Christmas and would have to go to school and lie about the presents we got but I made sure my kids never had to go thru that. Even though one yr every thing they got was from the Dollar Store. I think traditions are great. The other one that makes me proud that my daughter does is that in order for my kids to have their name on a present as the giver they would have had to either help make or pay for the gift. No cheating allowed. Most of the time the kids makes crafts for presents. This week my daughter and her friends are getting together with thier kids to bake cookies and make gifts. I'm glad I could give my kids some things to hold onto and pass down to thier kids. Traditions can start at anytime and be added to as time goes by. Merry Christmas to all and no matter what else is going on I hope you all have a great day on the 25th rather you celebrate Christmas or not. May your next yr make you happier than this past year. I'm sure mine will.
    Suzanne
    Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage.

  23. #23
    Senior Member mizkyp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    975
    Sewingsuz and everyone I'm glad that your Christmases are wonderful now. We make cookies, gingerbreaden, sugar, molasses, etc. We do the pjs, too. And spend the day together either cooking, because we like to or playing with our "new" toys. Merry Christmas everyone!!!
    Miz Kyp aka Margie

  24. #24
    Power Poster solstice3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Citrus County, Florida
    Posts
    10,399
    An old tradition is making Christmas cookies with my mom and now my daughter. I buy my girls an ornament every year since they were born.

  25. #25
    Cyn
    Cyn is offline
    Super Member Cyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville NC
    Posts
    6,761
    Blog Entries
    17
    I make ornaments each year since my kids were born in 86 and 88. That's the only one that survived

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.