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Christmas Traditions

on December 9, 2014

Christmas Eve at our house was always a fun time growing up. We always went to church at midnight, Santa always came while we were gone and we’d stay up into the wee hours of the morning opening presents. Mom and Dad got pretty creative to make that happen. As my brother and I got older, we became part of the scheming to get Santa to the house without the younger sisters catching on. I know at least one of my siblings carried on that tradition with her kids.

As a young adult, I spent one Christmas Eve with friends playing games and didn’t get home until late. That year everyone had to wait until Christmas day to open presents. Even though we were all older, my sister was highly upset with me for messing with Christmas. Needless to say, that was the only time I did that!

The holidays are a time of traditions. Most everyone has a favorite memory of things that were the same year after year. We just don’t get tired of them.

But I’ve heard an increasing number of single adults who don’t have their own traditions. When they’re home for Christmas, they sometimes partake of the old childhood fun, but many don’t even do that. Several people have even told me they can’t have traditions because they are single.

Admittedly, after my sister and her kids moved out of state several years ago, Dad and I slowly moved away from waiting until after church on Christmas Eve to open presents. In its place, we’ve begun a new tradition that includes a light dinner later in the evening and then opening presents before church.


Christmas Tree

Christmas lights are one of my favorite things about the season. Their sparkle and brightness remind me of the light that came into the world when Jesus was born. One of the things I try to do is put my tree up early in November. It’s just a visual reminder to me of what’s important. That is one tradition I have on my own. I get a lot of flak for it, but that’s okay. It’s not for everyone, but draws me into the season.

We single people need to feel free to start our own traditions. Since many of us travel to be with family and friends for the holidays, we may not have something that happens on the actual day, but maybe something around it. Traditions add richness and meaning to our celebrations. And, as a single person, that’s just as important as it is for a couple or a family.

So, what about you? What were your favorite traditions from childhood? What new traditions have you started as an adult?


6 responses to “Christmas Traditions

  1. Carole Brown says:

    I love articles about Christmas, and reading your’s reminds me of how important it is to hold to our memories, our traditions, and the peace of the season. Thanks for a timely message, Tammie!

  2. Lynda Balcerek says:

    I’ve started a tradition of having a nice dinner after church on Christmas Eve. I read all the Bible stories about the birth. I also have an advent wreath at home that I light. With the soundtrack from the Charlie Brown Christmas playing in the background. This frees me to volunteer for the Salvation Army Family Feast on Christmas day. It is a fun couple of days.

  3. sharynkopf says:

    Great post, Tammie! I too believe in Christmas traditions. Most are family related. My sisters & I always try to get matching pajamas to wear Christmas morning. My sister buys new pajamas for her kids as well. We recently started a new tradition of buying one nice gift, then doing a white elephant-type exchange, rather than buying something for everyone. Though we all still get gifts for the kids, of course.

    And we have traditions in what we make for Christmas dinner. For instance, growing up, our family’s favorite part of Christmas dinner was Grandma’s homemade noodles. Now, my dad, with my nieces’ help, has carried on that tradition. As for me, I almost always provide dressing with wild rice and broccoli as well as fudge.

    I try to put my tree up or, at least, hang some white twinkle lights, as early in November as possible. Especially once Daylight Savings ends, I like how they add extra warmth and spirit to the earlier nights. So don’t let those Scrooges & Grinches give you a hard time, Tammie! Christmas makes us happy! 🙂

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