Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Traditions

In case you haven't heard, our family is big on holiday traditions. As the years go by and the family grows, some have been added, and some have had to be adjusted to accommodate the many different lives and schedules. But there is always time for fun with family. Here are a few of my favorites:

On Christmas Eve, the whole family gathers and my grandparents' house. Granny has the tables set with the fine china (no surprise there!), and on each place rests a Christmas popper. Right before dinner everyone pops their popper to find a prize and a paper crown, which must be worn throughout the meal. They make everyone a little more colorful...

Christmas Bread
For Christmas morning, Granny makes her famous Christmas Bread, a sweet, delicate bread topped with sugary glaze and red and green maraschino cherries. It's wonderful with a little bit of jelly or just some butter. Last year she didn't make it, and it was quite the controversy! But everyone can calm down - she's making it this year.

My mom started a new tradition last year. On Christmas Eve everyone gets the gift of new pajamas. Now everyone can look cute on Christmas morning.

What are some of your Christmas traditions?