Someone on Twitter asked me to write about my family’s Christmas traditions. I think some things vary from family to family and from region to region, so I’m going to focus on which traditions we do as a family.
Christmas season usually starts right after Thanksgiving is over. Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday of November. The weekend right after that, I usually put up lights outside of the house. I like blinking, multicolored lights the best, although most people in our neighborhood put up white lights.
We also go to big festival of lights events. Disney World has an amazing one, but also local communities like my own have some smaller festival of lights. Here at a local county park, you can drive around and look at the huge displays of lights. There are themes to the lights like underwater animals and toys. Also, they have a huge fire where you can roast marshmallows. Additionally, you can visit Santa, ride a small train, ride a carousel or buy some treats to eat. I always make sure we visit Santa there, at a party, or at a shopping mall. The kids like to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. And we make sure we take a picture of them with Santa as well.
Another one of my family’s traditions is to send out Christmas cards. I usually send them to family and close friends. Sometimes I enclose a picture of our family as well. I usually send these out early in December because people like to display their Christmas cards on a door or on their fireplace mantel.
Listening to Christmas carols in the car and watching Christmas shows on TV is another family tradition. I like watching old Christmas movies like ‘Holiday Inn’. My kids like to watch old classic Christmas cartoons like ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.’
Going Christmas caroling is a tradition we don’t do every year. But we have done it in the past. We get a group of the neighborhood kids and we walk around the neighborhood and sing Christmas carols. Sometimes the neighbors give us cookies or candy as a way to say thanks.
Those are our family traditions for the time up until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I’ll write about those next week. Post a comment about how you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday you celebrate around December or January.