Monday, November 25, 2013

Two Simple Traditions ... For Christmas

Our family loves traditions. Traditions are easy ... you just choose something you enjoy and do it again and again and again. And the holidays are a perfect time to enjoy traditions. 

I am a  pretty simple girl, so all of our family traditions are simple. But if your family enjoys more complicated things, your traditions should be complicated. 

Today, I want to share just two with you.

1. Tradition One: Opening a Christmas gift on December 1

We begin our season with a wrapped gift on December 1 ... and it is always a book to add to our family basket of Christmas books.  Super easy. 

If it was a year that our budget was very tight it was an inexpensive paperback. On years we had money, it was a beautiful hardbound.

Remember ... do anything year after year and it naturally becomes a tradition.

2. Tradition Two:  Red Cup Day

Red Cup Day 2013


Our family loves coffee. (we were doomed ~ living in Seattle AND
traveling Europe)  We get super excited on the day that Starbucks launches the Christmas season by unveiling this years ... red cup.

As a family, we have not always been in the same city, or even the same continent ... but wherever we are, we get a coffee on red cup day.

So simple, so stress free ... a cup of coffee in a red cup year after year and a wonderful tradition is born.

What is one of your families favorite Christmas traditions?

14 comments:

  1. I love both of those traditions! We are working on creating traditions for our family this year that can be repeated anywhere we happen to be living. :-)

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  2. My husband writes a trivia game for everyone to play while I finish up in the kitchen.

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  3. When my kids (34 and 37 :-)come over for the holidays, we have to play 'Mannheim Steamroller Christmas.' We've been playing it since it came out in the 90's........and they still love it. Now to 'educate' the grandkids.

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  4. One of my favorites is baking Brun Brot for my family because it is all of our favorite cookie. I've already baked my first batch, but I'm sure I'll probably make it a few times over the next few weeks.

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  5. Glenda, do you know the book 'The Christmas Mystery'? Recently, someone introduced me to it and it's an instant classic on my bookshelf.

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  6. I love your traditions Glenda and I love the way traditions bind you together. I didn't even know about red cup day, you always teach me something new :)

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing your Christmas Traditions with us. I have many that I cherish.

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  8. Love hearing about these two traditions, Glenda - simple, but so very fun! Traditions that bind a family together ...

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  9. Recently when I ordered a peppermint mocha and it came in the red cup. I thought of you and your tradition =)
    Last year I gathered our kids Christmas themed books (and bought a few more at Ollie's), put them in my Mom's old market basket....will do that again this year. A new tradition is born, yeah!

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  10. I love this, Glenda. We do the book idea, but a little differently. We have a Barnes and Noble night where we go browse the Christmas books and pick one to take home to add to our collection. The kids love it. They love all those little traditions.

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  11. Great traditions! Our family always has chopped oranges and bananas sprinkled with a bit of sugar before we eat breakfast on Christmas morning. My mother did it every year while I was growing up and we've continued the tradition. One year I asked my dear, little mother (now ninety years old!) how the tradition began. She told me my grandmother wanted to do something special on Christmas morning during the depression. She didn't have much - but she lived in Southern California and she had orange trees in her back yard. So she 'splurged' and bought a banana or two, chopped them up and served them every year. A tradition was born! I love them so much I asked for them for breakfast on my wedding day!
    ~Adrienne~

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  12. What great traditions Glenda. I have so many things that spark memories when growing up. In the last 15 years since Trev and I have been together we have tried to start are own traditions as well as incorporating our favs from each others family ones. Christmas eve after church we have all our family members back to our place for drinks and a small finger food buffet. Once everyone leaves and we jump into our jammies, snuggle on the couch and watch the Grinch ~ the original please and then go to bed.

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  13. I love that you say that you are simple and so you're traditions are simple. If you like complicated traditions, make them complicated. I LOVE it! I never really thought before how traditions are doing something that you like over and over and over again. Easy. Beautiful. We decorate the house with Santa hats on, Christmas music and drink cocoa or egg nog.

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