A tradition we started a few years ago is to line the snowbanks along the sidewalk with luminaries on Christmas Eve. I put them together with simple white paper bags, an inch or so of sand to keep them from blowing over, and inexpensive candles in a glass votive cup.
For some unknown reason, it has become our son-in-law Jeremy's job to go out into the freezing cold night to light the candles. And he does it so well!!!
He lights the candles at dusk and they will still be glowing in the early morning hours.
A tradition started at Bill's parent's Christmas Eve celebration is one of our favorites that we are now carrying on at our house. The dice game. You know, the one where each guest brings a wrapped gift with no tag and you sit in a circle around the gifts. You then take turns shaking a pair of dice until everybody has a prize. To win a prize, you must shake doubles or a combination that adds up to 7.
We set a price limit for the gifts, which I usually exceed when I find the perfect vintage item to wrap for the game. And, let me tell you, this year's gift is a doozy!!! Bill traditionally buys lottery tickets that our son-in-laws fight over ( it also includes a golfing photo in a frame that they have to display in their home for the upcoming year :@ ). Oh, I forgot to mention that after everybody opens their gift, we set a timer for 2-3 minutes. Once again we pass the dice, and if you shake doubles or 7's you can switch your gift for one that you would rather take home. This is a fun game that will liven up any party!
Last year, with the arrival of our first grandchild, we started a brand new tradition with a visit from....
Santa!!! He looks vaguely familiar to me. As you can see, Finley was not too impressed when she was just a few weeks old. This year she will be 14 months and Mack will be almost 8 months old when we finally have our Christmas in mid-January! I think their reaction to Santa's visit will be quite different from last year's nonchalance. Actually, I'm putting my money on lots of.......well, crying.
Time will tell.
So this year, bring back a tradition from your own childhood, or better yet, start a new one!
Written by Mrs. Claus. :@