Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Day Traditions

In addition to our Christmas Eve traditions, we have our own unique traditions for Christmas Day, too.  For one thing, we don't get up at the crack of dawn and dive into the Christmas presents!  No, no, no!  :)  Instead, we get up at a decent hour, take our showers and dress nicely for the day, and then sit down to a nice breakfast together.

This year, we had trouble getting the cinnamon rolls done, so while we waited on them to finish baking, we gathered around the dining table, lit the Advent candles, and listened while Alan finished reading Jotham's Journey.  In front of him you can see a picture of our Christmas Morning Brunch Casserole, which we eat each year with cinnamon rolls and orange slices.

After breakfast, someone delivers the stockings to each person's place, and we open them all together right there at the table.

Then, we quickly clean the kitchen and start the dishwasher, pour our cups of coffee, grab our cameras, and congregate around the Christmas tree, where the Gift Exchange begins.  The children open presents one at a time, youngest to oldest, so that we can all see who is opening what and savor the moment.  (This also encourages self-control!)  When we get to Tiffany, we start over again.  Each child usually receives four to five gifts, so we make the circuit about five times.  When the children have opened all of their gifts, Alan and I open our gifts from each other and from the children.  As you can imagine, this takes a good while!  :)

Bethany sometimes complains that she is younger than everyone  -- but this is one time it is a blessing to be the youngest!  She was delighted to go first, and was very pleased to receive this cash register for playing store!

Matt's favorite gift was a Star Wars Lego watch!  It is pretty cool!  Here is a picture of Joe helping him put it on.

Luke really enjoyed all of his Christmas presents this year and said he couldn't pick a favorite!  I know he has really enjoyed  his Star Wars Decide your Destiny books.

Hannah's main gift was a new Kodak Easy Share digital camera, which she loved!!  To see what she has been doing with her new camera, check out her blog -- One of Ten and Loving It!

Chris is a huge Tim Hawkins fan, and was thrilled to receive his new DVD, Tim Hawkins Insanitized!

In the picture below, Joe is trying out his new pajama pants!  He also received some clothes from American Eagle and Aeropostale.  (Hey, he's not wearing a shirt that says 'Joe Cool' for nothing!)  ;)

One of Josh's gifts was hand degreaser, to help him get his hands clean after working on his car. 

Tay got some much-needed new clothes and some ear buds for his Ipod.

In this photo, Ashlyn is opening earrings from Go Fish, which is a really cool company!  She was most excited to receive a new journaling Bible.

Tiffany is opening her new Bible cover.  She also loved her new hoodie and car monogram!

As for Me, I was very happy to receive this book -- Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman and can't wait to start reading it!

I also got this plaque for my house, which I had seen at a gift shop in "The Village" and fell in love with!  :)

Finally, Alan opened his gifts.  This one happened to be sort of a gag gift from the fellas!   :) 

He also got some new clothes, a CD, and a huge jar of apple butter from Cracker Barrel.

After the gifts are done, we clean up the mess and start working on Christmas Dinner, which is usually eaten late afternoon or early evening, and most commonly features a turkey and all the trimmings or a spiral ham.  This year, I made a Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin Roast instead, and we ate a good bit later in order to accomodate Josh and Kristi's schedule.

Josh and his girlfriend, Kristi:

We had a great day, full of many blessings!   How about you??


tlmalcolm said...

I love traditions and I find they change over the years which I have a difficult time accepting at first. But as children grow up, new members are added (or sometimes lost) in your family you need to transform traditions to fit those changes. What is interesting is seeing which traditions your children continue as they establish homes of their own. And from the pictures your family had a wonderful day!!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Thanks for letting us share in your day! It looks like you had a wonderful celebration.

Everyone is looking so grown up....where does the time go? (I guess we tend to remember everyone younger.) I love the picture of you and Josh too! Actually, there were a lot of great pictures!

Mary Ellen said...

I love that plaque you got!!! The lighthouse is big in our family.

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