Starting New Holiday Traditions

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My husband and I usually travel during the holidays.  My dad lives in Maine, my mom and brother live in Colorado, and my sister lives in Washington.  My in-laws live in Virginia, and my sister-in-law lives in London.  Hence, if we want to spend the holidays with family, we travel.

This year, for the first time ever, my husband and I are staying put and celebrating Christmas with just the two of us.  At first I was sad about this turn of events, but now I’m feeling more positive.  I figure this is our chance to start our own holiday traditions.  Plus, for the first time EVER, we got a Christmas tree!      

Handing off a Christmas ornament.

Handing off a Christmas ornament.   

We’ve decided that we’re going to start the tradition of eating duck on Christmas Eve every year.  Growing up in Maine, my family ate lobster on Christmas Eve.  Of course, I don’t really like lobster so I would eat…hot dogs…or cold cereal.  Classy.  Duck will be a nice treat.

I have also decided that we will be starting a tradition of having an ugly Christmas sweater party during the holiday season.  My husband is not quite on board with this yet.  I have a year to convince him.  (I have to give credit to my friends Ashley and Josh for this idea though.  They hosted an ugly Christmas sweater party this year, and I want to be able to wear my sweater vest for many years to come, which is why I am stealing their party idea.)

My husband's Christmas vest features ice skating polar bears and it's reversible.  I was kind of jealous.

My husband’s Christmas vest features ice skating polar bears and it’s reversible. I was kind of jealous.

We’ve also decided that we will each open one Christmas present on Christmas Eve, which is a tradition both of our families had when we were growing up.  Of course, my husband’s Grandpa was a real-beard Santa, so my husband’s Christmas Eve present was delivered by Santa every year.  I’m still feeling jealous about that.  Because I am 6 years old at heart, I have already picked out the present I want to open on Christmas Eve.  And no, it’s not the biggest one under the tree.

We’re just getting started with this tradition stuff, so I would love to hear:  what’s one of your holiday traditions?

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10 Responses to “Starting New Holiday Traditions”

  1. Julia Tomiak says:

    We used to run around crazy on Christmas to see our family- all in Virginia, but different corners. (Btw, where do your in-laws live?). Now, especially because of the kids, we stay put. Enjoy your time together!

    Our tradition- few years ago, we found this CD of horrible Christmas music – imagine Jingle Bells arranged with the strange combination of 70s disco and 80s electronic. I mean, it’s bad. But, every Christmas morning, the kids know they have to stay upstairs until they hear the crazy music from that CD playing. LOUD. We also open one present Christmas Eve- usually new PJs.
    And, I have an ugly Christmas sweater I can donate for your party…
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Emily says:

      I love your crazy Christmas cd tradition, that is AWESOME! I would love to hear that CD. :) We had a really great day staying put, and since we are home, my husband is working this week, and he’s been really glad to get a lot done while everyone else is out of the office. Maybe staying home will be our new tradition.

  2. Lane says:

    I know the feeling. My family is in the midwest and hers is in England. Christmas always meant suitcases. This year, like you, we said “enough is enough.” We got a tree and are spending the Day with friends, ham and all. :o)

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Abby says:

    I’m eager to hear how the duck turns out! Good luck.

  4. Austin says:

    We are making our own gourmet burgers on Christmas… delicious.

  5. Sabra says:

    I cooked duck one Christmas and the cat went nuts. If you have a cat, watch out…it will kill for the duck. Very strange! Enjoy making your own traditions. Since my husband died, I still have not settled into my own new traditions. Merry Christmas.

    • Emily says:

      We don’t have any pets, but I think a friend’s cat could smell the duck on us later in the day. She really wanted to hang out with us.

      I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, and I hope you’ll be able to try some new traditions this year.

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