What's Your Christmas Tradition?

December 22, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Are you ready for it to be Christmas already? I am. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Scrooge, but I am just about gifted-out.

I must admit, though, I am excited to see my daughter open Christmas gifts for the first time–yes, all three of them. But I was thinking last night, is this the time to institute a family Christmas tradition? Last year, she was too young (and sick, as luck would have it) to care one way or the other, but this year she understands there are gifts for her. Problem is, she’ll have no idea Saturday is the day she gets to open them. So it’s up to her dad and I to somehow mark this special day, right? Do we wake her up early, play Christmas carols and open gifts together? Do we make a big breakfast, then announce it’s time to open the gifts? I’m kind of stumped.

When I was a kid, my brother and I would wake up at the crack of dawn, go open our gifts, then go back to sleep. My parents would wake us up for breakfast at like 11 and then we’d enjoy all our presents. I can tell you now, there will be no waking up at 5 a.m. in my house on Saturday, but I do want my little girl to have a fond memory of Christmas morning when she’s older.

So I’m wondering, what are you Christmas traditions? Do you open gifts then eat a big breakfast? Do you let the kids open one gift on Christmas Eve? Do the kids get to empty their stockings first? Share your family’s holiday tradition in the comments to inspire beginner moms like me.

Did I mention I was a huge Mariah Carey fan? Well I am, so one thing I know I’ll be doing on Christmas morning is blasting her new Christmas CD, Merry Christmas II You:

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