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    Holiday Traditions 2006

    It seems that everyone has something unique that they add to Christmas or other seasonal holiday. These often have a combination between cultural, religious, or ancestral importance to them.

    Some have simple traditions such as everyone opens one gift on Christmas eve, or everyone attends midnight mass. In Ireland for example, Christmas lasts from Christmas Eve to the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. Overall it is more of a religious meaning than social. On the other hand, Bulgarians make Christmas wishes around the fire and eat blood sausage.

    What are your unique Christmas Traditions are they rooted in religious symbolism, or is it something that your ancestors passed down from generation to generation. Or it could be something regional such as everyone in the city goes to see the lighting of the community tree. Tell us about your Christmas.

    Also here is a link that explains Christmas Traditions from around the world.
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    One German Christmas tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve. We used to do it when I was a kid but got away from it after getting married.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    One German Christmas tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve. We used to do it when I was a kid but got away from it after getting married.

    We did this as well, but it was because my mom got sick of us waking her up at 4am to open Santa presents.

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    I don't think we do anything that has a cultural or religious background, just stuff that's evolved in our family.

    Mom always makes spaghetti for us on X-mas eve, then I make everyone pile into the car and we drive around and check out X-mas lights in other neighborhoods. On X-mas morning, I always heat up a Sara Lee Pecan Coffee Cake, that's what my Mom used to serve before we moved the X-mas morning gift-opening to my house.

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    Nothing particularly unusual for us as far as cultural/religious traditions go. A big tradition down in these parts is Mexican food on Christmas Eve--tamales are especially popular, though I can't stand them. My in-laws are getting introduced to this fine tradition at our house this year. Also, we take a 2-hour shift on Christmas Eve with a group of about 20 people singing carols on the town square.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Classical - reading of "T'was the night before Christmas."
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    Christmas eve: tamales, santa pays a visit to give the kids a present. We used to read twas the night before Christmas, but the last few years it has turned into watching the polar express and then the reading when we put the kids to bed. Christmas morning is a mad rush to open presents at our house, then at my wifes parents, then at my moms. Dinner at the in laws.

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    We watch Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas every year, a couple days before Christmas. It has been my personal tradition since I was a tween (taped it off the tv) and then a couple years ago I found a vhs of it at the store. Man, I love that movie. Now my husband is into it as much as I am. It sounds so corny, but we love singing along to all the songs. Now we are starting to get our daughter into it.

    The in-laws have always opened all their presents Christmas Eve, and they do their big dinner Christmas Eve. Which works out good now that we try to do Christmas stuff with both our families. Christmas Eve is all about the husband's family, and Christmas day is all about mine.

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    The boys and I go to my parents on Christmas Eve, we eat dinner, try to hold the boys away from the presents as long as we can, let them go crazy and open the hundreds of gifts my parents spoil them with, load it all up in my jeep and head home. The past few years, their daddy hascome over Christmas eve night and is there when we get home or gets there soon after...we put out cookies for Santa, put them to bed and in the morning they get up and tear into more presents. Then they spend the day playing while Dad and I spend the day putting batteries in, putting things together, cleaning up wrapping paper, etc...
    We always have ham and potato salad for christmas dinner and I make eggs and bacon for breakfast...thats about it...sometimes the ex-mother-in-law comes over or I try to fit her in early afternoon on Christmas Eve...

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    Christmas Eve we have a HUGE Cuban feast of roast pork, black beans, rice, yucca, mojo, avocado salad, Cuban bread and platanos. Then we all get drink wine and play poker. Christmas day we wake up early, have coffee, breakfast and mimosas, then we open our stockings and presents.

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    Will be at the extended in laws house.....Middle Eastern feast...no turkey or ham thank you. Grape leaves, grilled chicken-lamb-shrimp kebabs, hummus, baba ghanouj, tabouleh, kafta, kofta, fresh baked pita, rice.....lots of booze (the are not muslim), we will have an Arab Santa Clause who will give out presents to all the kids and I will be recruited to go sit with the men, drink endless cups of turkish coffee and talk politics.
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    Latkes, latkes, latkes and sour cream (or whole milk yogurt) and apple sauce.

    My friend also makes unbelievable homemade doughnuts.

    The whole concept of Hannukah has been abstracted to eating pretty much any food (ok, no pork) that can be fried in copious amounts of hot oil. I think of it as "the miracle of deep frying."

    No one thought that vat of oil would last the night, but they managed to deep fry food for a whole eight days! Talk about your miracles...
    My son also observed last night that "we kind of celebrate Christmas because we make sticky buns that morning, just like your mom did." As you can see, I am the goy in the family. I was pleased to see my son's concept of Christmas had nothing to do with conspicuous consumption - just food consumption...
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    Growing up we went to Christmas Eve service at church. It was a candle light service and we'd keep one candle lit and bring it home and light a candle on own dining room table (no mantle or fireplace). Then we'd get to open presents we recieved from aunts/uncles - but have to wait until Christmas morning to open anything else.

    After getting married and in our first home with a fireplace, we saved the trunk of last years Christmas year and cut it up as a defacto yule log and burned it Christmas Eve.
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    My traditions? I have no traditions.
    Maybe that's traditional.

    Unless getting good and liquored up on X-mas eve counts.

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    This will be my first year away from my family for Christmas, but normally (with my family in Denver) we'll have crab legs and good chardonnay on X-Mas eve and open one gift. Usually we'll watch Christmas movies too. Christmas morning, we'll open presents, stockings, drink coffee and have bagels and lox.

    Last year, my fiance and I did our own thing and I smoked a prime rib for dinner on the grill, we had an appetizer of balsalmic shrimp and good wine.

    As for the traditions with her family, they sound interesting and fun. My FIL (future) is a big beer snob, so I will be drinking well!
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    When I was growing up, on Christmas eve, we would have 1 plate of the x-mas goodies my mom had been making since thanksgiving, read outloud the about the birth of Christ out of the Bible, pray and open 1 gift.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Christmas day road hockey game with 3 brothers. The games seem to get shorter and shorter each year as we get older and older......

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    I'm a single only child, so it's me and my parents. We just...chill, have pancakes, and go see a movie (I run into all my Jewish friends because a Christmas day movie orgy was their "Christmas" tradition ).

    My extended families get together around the actual day. Dad's family plays Pinochle and has a big potluck. We draw names beforehand for secret santa gifts and my Grandma (before she died) would give a smallish gift to her kids, their spouses, and the present grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandma's gifts all had a tiny number written somewhere on the wrapping and the adults all got a number and then had to find the corresponding gift. It worked well, but her 6 sons tended to fight. A lot (though less than when some were active alcoholics). Mom's family is smaller, we do a meal and gifts and spend several days tooling around the city, sledding, playing games, and doing puzzles.

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    growing up we would have a Christmas Eve brunch with my parents' close circle of friends. then Christmas Eve night we would go to church. we still do the brunch but since our minister passed away a few years ago we don't go to church.

    every year my sister and i try to convince my mother that the previous year she let us open one present on Christmas Eve. she never falls for it. we've started to joke about how depressing it will be when she she can't recall the previous year and let's us open a present.

    christmas day is spent opening presents, eating a big breakfast, eating a big dinner, and then family time spent playing some kind of game. i love my family and enjoy spending time with them.
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    Make kids go to Mass first

    On Christmas morning, we go to 7:30 mass, go out to breakfast and then come home and have Christmas. Then we spend the rest of the day making Christmas dinner and eat around 6 in the evening. It's everyone's favorite day of the year.
    You darn tootin', I like fig newtons!

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    Quote Originally posted by sisterceleste View post
    On Christmas morning, we go to 7:30 mass, go out to breakfast and then come home and have Christmas. Then we spend the rest of the day making Christmas dinner and eat around 6 in the evening. It's everyone's favorite day of the year.
    7:30, good grief! Where do you go for X-mas breakfast? Denny's? Think of those poor cooks and waiters who have to work that day, just to feed us affluent government workers!

    So when do you blow Homer (up)?

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    I'm going to start something on fire this year.
    A guy once told me, "Do not have any attachments, do not have anything in your life you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner."


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    Quote Originally posted by Rumpy Tunanator View post
    I'm going to start something on fire this year.
    What? There's liquored up homeless guy in your neighborhood? Can I watch?
    After all, it's the spirit of the season!!

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    Where do you go for X-mas breakfast? Denny's? Think of those poor cooks and waiters who have to work that day, just to feed us affluent government workers!
    I actually try to avoid patronizing ANY business establishments on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don't think it is right that people are required to work on those days. I know there probably a few who don't care, but there are likely more who have no choice.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tresmo View post
    I'm a single only child, so it's me and my parents. We just...chill, have pancakes, and go see a movie (I run into all my Jewish friends because a Christmas day movie orgy was their "Christmas" tradition ).
    I would always run catch a movie Christmas nite with a couple of my Jewish friends. Especially after the extended family traditions kind of began to waver.

    I'm also an only child! Neat.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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