I love Christmas!
It is one of my favorite holidays!
Celebrating the Birth of our Lord Jesus and celebrating family and loved ones!
I thought I would start my series with my Christmas past.
|Santa comes on Christmas Eve|
Checking out what is behind the tree
Growing up we celebrated Christmas with family. As a small child our family would either host Christmas dinner at our house or we would bundle up and head over to my uncle's or Grandma's house. I remember one Christmas being sick and dad bundling me up in a blanket and carrying me to my uncle's (they only lived a couple doors down that year). As our family grew we would have our dinner as a family and often inviting Grandma and my Mom's single Aunt and Uncle to eat with us.
Christmas Eve was spent singing Christmas Carols, eating, playing games, check for gifts under and behind the tree and "unjoying" the Christmas Tree. Our family "Unjoys" the Christmas Tree because one of my brothers when he was very young asked if "We could unjoy the Christmas Tree instead of enjoy.... So the Johnson family unjoys the Christmas Tree.
Santa comes to visit on Christmas Eve to see if you are Naughty or Nice. One year Santa need a gift more then the children as he came to visit bootless.
After my mom passed away, on Christmas Eve , we would go to the cemetery and sing songs. We would leave a lit candle at the graveside. This candle could be seen as we drove away and would burn for hours. Lighting candles at the graveyard is a Finnish Tradition.
After leaving home my traditions changed slightly. As a nurse I had to work many Christmases so some of them where celebrated with my coworkers and patients. Those years we usually had some kind of smorgasbord of food and you always hoped for a quiet year.
Now that I am married, my traditions have changed again. We usually have a traditional African Meal, although I still bake cookies and make some candies to have and give. I still put up a Christmas tree and all my candles ~ I still need to unjoy my tree.
Do you have traditions that you do every year or
Do you do something different every year?
I would love to hear what your Christmas is like.
**Sorry for some of my pictures, they were taken 15-20 years ago and are a picture of a picture.