As a child my favorite tradition was opening a present on Christmas Eve. Every year my dad would tell us we didn't do that and never had. So we were obligated to start asking if we could open something first thing in the morning on Christmas Eve. Matt and I have carried on this tradition, but it's always pajamas that get opened.
As a teen, my sister's and I were in the ward youth choir and my favorite tradition became the day our choir would go up to the Oakland Temple and sing at the Visitor's Center there. Our aunts and uncles and cousins would come up and support us and then we would eat donuts and hot cocoa in the parking lot. Good times.
Also as a teen, my sisters and I started reading The Forgotten Carols every year. It's a story book and music that goes along with the story. Matt and I have carried on this tradition. It's fun and we feel the Spirit as we read and listen.
We started a strange tradition our first Christmas married. I was pregnant with Sam and my parents had moved to Utah earlier that year. We decided, since it was our last Christmas without kids to go visit my parents for Christmas. Peter still lived at home, but Becky was in Florida working at Disney World. On Christmas Eve, Peter ended up sleeping in the same room with Matt and I. For some reason, everything was freakin' hilarious and we laughed all night long. The next year we stayed in California for Christmas, but by the next year we were living with my parents, so the tradition continued. With the exception of the Christmas Pete was on his mission he slept in our room on the floor. While he was gone we moved into our townhouse. For the last three Christmases here, Peter has come and slept in our room on Christmas Eve. I don't recall it ever being as funny as that first year. And I doubt the tradition will continue, now that Petey Pie has a wifey.... Whitney?
Now, my favorite tradition is something that has been going on for years. My mom's Christmas Brunch. Every Christmas morning we get up early and go through our stockings, then open up gifts, one at a time. Then we linger around in all the wrapping paper until we can't linger anymore, then it's off the the showers. At 11am my extended family congregates for some good eatin' at my mom and dad's house. It's the best. Waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, hash brown/egg/bacon/green chili/cheese casserole, sausage, orange juice, etc. It's so good and the smells are the same every year. Yum!
What is your favorite Christmas Tradition?
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