Our family has some tried and true traditions. We love to open a few Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, go driving around the city and look at Christmas lights in our pj's, and talk about the manger scene with our children. On Christmas morning, we always have cinnamon rolls, hot chocolate and Christmas music during our breakfast Bible reading. Then, when we can't keep the kids out of the presents any longer, we start giving out gifts.
My favorite thing about our gift giving time is that each gift gets center stage while being unwrapped. We like to see what was given before we move on to the next gift. We space out gifts so everyone gets a turn, and we always save the best for last.
After we've opened "the big one" we all clean up a bit and organize our stuff. Then, invariably, someone says, "We forgot the stockings!" and we all giggle with excitement because we still have one more thing to open.
During the day, we drink wassail and watch the Christmas day parades. If it's snowing, we play outside. Lunch at my mom's house is usually spaghetti, but my husband and I started a Ribeye tradition for our lunch/early dinner meal.
Of course, we watch a few Christmas movies and maybe even sing some Christmas songs. The children play with their toys and everyone is happy to be on break and enjoying each others' company and gifts.
It's awesome. I have the warm fuzzy's just thinking about it. :) If you have a special family tradition in your household leave a comment below and tell me what it is any how it got started. I'll pick a random commenter to receive a special Christmas gift.