Since today's Friday, I'm going to continue my newly-started tradition of linking up with the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar) for their Friday Five link-up!
favorite winter activities, but here are some of my favorite Christmas-specific traditions:
1. The annual "Stairstep" picture
|Last year's picture|
2. Attending Christmas Eve candlelight service/Christmas Eve readings
After we got back from the Christmas Eve service and before going to bed, my parents would read my brother and me the Christmas story out of the Bible (usually Luke 2) and the book Twas the Night Before Christmas before going to bed. Once we got older, Eric and I would each read these two stories. This tradition still continues, and I really enjoy it! I hope to continue it with Baby Fish when he/she is born.
3. Doing things for others
Operation Christmas Child each year, and there are a variety of other things that Joe and I do to help others during the Christmas season.
4. Eating soup for lunch and watching football on New Year's Day
I don't know how or why this started, but every New Year's Day, my parents, brother, and I eat soup for lunch. I will tell you, though, that if we try to eat anything else, I do NOT let it happen! We also spend the day watching all of the college football games together.
This last one is a new-to-me Christmas tradition! When you get married and join another family, there are a variety of Christmas traditions that you get initiated into. Here is one of my favorites coming from Joe's family...
5. Joe's grandmother's holiday percolator punch
Every Christmas, Joe's grandmother makes this delicious holiday punch in the percolator every year. I believe it has cranberry and pineapple juices with lots of spices, and it was warm and delicious! You will always find the percolator on and family members walking around the house with their mugs of punch throughout the day. I'm already looking forward to having some when we head there for Christmas this year!
As I celebrate Christmas with Joe's family this year and our family expands for next Christmas, I look forward to continuing these traditions and forming new ones!
Question for you: What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
I love to hear about how different families celebrate the holidays in different ways!