What I want to do today is be a slug, but instead I’ll be doing more work in preparation for being a slug later this week. I have plans to go work out since I’m likely not to after Wednesday of this week. I also have last-minute grocery shopping today, getting a few more things for our holiday dinner. Our traditions have remained mostly the same, though they’ve morphed a bit as the kids have gotten older. We no longer have to tiptoe around the Santa issue, though we do still hide the “Santa” gifts and they appear under the tree by Christmas morning. Our gifts are going in two directions–both larger and smaller. Either the kids want something big and that’s all they get or they have no big thing and they end up with lots of little things. It used to be lots of medium things, from us, Santa, and relatives. Relatives are likely now to give money or gift cards instead. But some things remain the same. Here’s our traditions:
- Christmas puzzle. We have one going, almost halfway done.
- Dinner on Christmas Eve. This is usually relatively formal, with the good china and silver coming out. This year’s menu: ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls. Warm brownies wit peppermint ice cream for dessert.
- Champagne on Christmas Eve and mimosas on Christmas morning. This is a new one for us, started a couple of years ago. The other two come from my family.
- Christmas cookies. Used to go to Santa, of course, but now we eat them. 🙂
- Each kid opens a present on Christmas Eve. I won’t say what they are, in case the kids are reading, but this is always a fun tradition.
- Christmas movies after dinner. Often A Christmas Story. Sometimes National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (which we’ve already watched this year). Sometimes White Christmas or A Christmas Carol.
- French toast on Christmas morning, made by Mr. Geeky. This is when I get into serious slug mode. All *my* work is done–the shopping, the cooking, the decorating–and Mr. Geeky takes over.
- Stay in our pajamas until at least noon. Mr. Geeky’s family was off going to various family celebrations by 9 a.m. The first year we did things “my way,” he said, I don’t know why we didn’t always do this. It’s great! He’s been trying to convince his family to adopt this tradition for years. So far, it hasn’t worked.
What are your traditions?