I was tagged, Christmas style, by the lovely Kera at Nugget On A Budget, and immediately loved the idea of sharing our Christmas traditions! I've had the post half-created in my mind ever since, but am only now able to finally find the time to post it. Life is busy at the best of times, and more so this time of year - as it is, I'm still not entirely prepared for Christmas which is just days away!
Lanaya at Raising Reagan started this by tagging five different bloggers, whose Christmas or holiday traditions she wanted to learn more about. SUCH a great idea! Those tagged would then answer five questions, pick five more bloggers to tag, and so on....
Since I'm late to the party there won't be any tagging happening here. It's time to focus on family and Christmas. Instead, I invite you to create a post sharing your Christmas traditions and leave a comment with the link so we can all be sure to check it out.
Here we go with Kera's questions!
It's all about time with family. All year long we're hard pressed to make time to see grandparents, cousins, aunts & uncles. During the Christmas holiday we make time to spend with our families. Oh, and the food... can't forget about all the great food!
I don't remember when I had my ah-ha moment. I know it was a gradual thing, first being suspicious, then searching for hidden presents (and finding them) and finally knowing the truth. And, yes, we have lied to our kids for years! The older kids know what's up but our youngest is still a believer, and the second youngest is on the fence... he's suspicious but afraid to stop believing for fear that it may mean the end of the present train.
I'm grateful to our older kids for not spoiling the Santa illusion for their younger siblings as they each came to realize the truth, and helping us preserve the magic a little longer.
3. Real tree or fake?
Real, always real! Getting the tree is one of our favourite traditions! I recently wrote about the magic that is Drysdale's Tree Farm here.
It's such a festive place, so much to do and see... and they have a beautiful store where each of the kids chooses a new tree ornament every year.
We didn't get there this year but did find a smaller, local farm where we chose a beautiful tree.
When we spend Christmas at home, or with my in-laws, the presents are opened Christmas morning, after herding kids to bed on Christmas Eve so that Santa can come while they sleep. The tradition on my side of the family has always been to open presents on Christmas Eve, and we still open gifts on Christmas Eve when we go to my parents. After dinner, which is always a whole filet mignon, we head out to admire Christmas lights and return to find that Santa came while we were out!
Added bonus: when we return home after spending Christmas with my parents, the kids get to open the presents that Santa left under our tree while we were away!
5. What's your favourite Christmas movie to watch? Or favourite Christmas song?
Christmas movies that I love.... The Polar Express and Elf. I grew up watching traditional Christmas television specials and they all hold a special, nostalgic place in my heart, but these two movies are our current favourites!
Favourite Christmas songs right now are both by the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve/Sarajevo and Christmas Canon: