Mommas' Christmas traditions
We all have them -- holiday traditions that help us remember the true meanings of this season. We go to Christmas Eve church services, make cookies with the kids or go caroling around the neighborhood. For my family, we put the kids in brand new pajamas just for Christmas and take their picture under the tree before Santa comes. We asked our Mommas what they like to do with their families the night before Christmas:
I'm still new at this parenting business. So my little clan is creating what I hope will become holiday traditions. This year, I stole one from my mom. When I was a little girl, my mother would allow me to open one present on Christmas Eve. I always knew what would be inside the box, but I so looked forward to that present. To help make going to bed more palatable, my mom gave me new pajamas each Christmas Eve. They were usually from Belk Hudson, which was really considered uptown in my day. This year, I bought soft and warm pj's for my girl. Although she's only 22-months-old, she loves putting on her pj's at night. The pair I got for her are red Dora the Explorer pjs. I'm expecting squeals of delight because she goes bananas for anything with Dora on it. And this is a tradition, I think I can keep up as the years go by. I hope she'll grow to enjoy it as much as I did. -- Sherri Day
Our ritual is that we let my son open one present on Christmas Eve. Usually it's a pair of jammies or a book that can be read the night before the big day. It satisfies him enough to get him to go to sleep but whets his appetite for Christmas Day. -- Lisa Buie
Christmas Eve in my house isn't complete without a big plate of shrimp cocktail. Preparing the perfect cocktail sauce -- an almost equal mix of ketchup and horseradish sauce -- is a family tradition my grandmother started as far back as I can remember. We make it pretty hot so you feel a little burn in your nose. The kiddies never like it, but that's okay with me. After weeks of holiday shopping, planning and cooking, the moms and dads deserve a little "me food.'' -- Susan Thurston
What are your traditions and rituals? Share them with us. Maybe other Mommas who haven't quite gotten one yet will get a few ideas.
Have a Merry Christmas and here's to a cheery New Year.
-- Sherry Robinson