My husband and I are hosting our first Christmas in our own home. Despite the fact that our home looks like a tornado flew threw it, leaving piles of wrapping paper, Amazon and Barnes & Noble boxes, magazines and children's art project scattered everywhere, we are excited about this Christmas. Since it's "our" house and not my in-laws' or siblings' houses, we decided to do things our way.
- We will not make a meal that is exactly like Thanksgiving dinner, like his parents do. We are trying a new menu mostly inspired by friends and the best of what we had growing up.
- We will not exchange all the gifts on Christmas Day. Adult gifts will be exchanged after midnight on Christmas Eve, the way we did in my family, but the kids will have their giftopalooza on Christmas morning.
- We will give the kids their own ornament to put on the tree on Christmas Eve, as well as a special set of Christmas jammies.
- We will make Christmas cookies (saving some for Santa, of course) and a Gingerbread house on Christmas Eve
- We will do stocking stuffers, even though neither of us had filled stockings growing up.
- We will go to the early Christmas Eve service -- a continuing tradition for both of us
- We will make a special donation to a cause that we both believe in
- We will read the story of Jesus' birth, so we don't lose sight of why we celebrate Christmas
What Christmas traditions have you started or continued with your family? What are your favorite holiday traditions?