Your Favorite Holiday Traditions as a Contest

October 7, 2013

in the generous life

I’ve been thinking about holiday traditions and what we will choose to do this year (we are down to Paul and me, though my son will likely pop in at some point, plus friends).

Of course we will listen to music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra just after Thanksgiving. Tortilla soup on Christmas Eve, yup. We won’t be having a Christmas tree this year (Widget thinks that all trees are meant for chewing, part beaver?). Maybe next year.

I’d love to hear your ideas about your holiday traditions. What do you do (for any of the approaching holidays) that blesses you, your husband and your family. I love the wealth of community and the abundance of great ideas.

And, well, we need a contest …

So please share your favorite holiday traditions as a comment to the post. On the 21st of October I’ll pick a number and the poster on that spot will win these yummy teas from Heavenly Special Teas. (If you can’t wait and need to order now, please put “Lori Byerly” down as the consultant. Thanks so much.)

#1006 Caramel Crème Brule (an exquisite blend of caramel and vanilla flavors)
#1044 White Cherry (2010 World Tea Championship winner for white flavored tea)
#1068 Rainbow Rooibos (a wonderful amaretto flavor)

I’m looking forward to hearing all your great ideas.

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.  Hamilton Wright Mabie

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy October 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

What a great idea to share traditions!

We have many, so I am picking some of my favorite. We celebrate advent and each Sunday of December, we light candles, turn out the lights and talk about the teaching of that Sunday and read passages of the Bible.

Christmas morning, we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and celebrate by eating cake for breakfast!

I also do something for my husband-usually some sort of Christmas countdown or the 12 days til Christmas. I have done notes, little gifts corresponding the number of days. It’s very fun and helps me remember how special he is during a crazy, chaotic time of year! Then we celebrate on the night of Christmas after we’ve celebrated all day with families.


Wendie October 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

We always have cinnamon rolls Christmas morning. Yum!!


Ann October 20, 2013 at 4:17 am

My husband and I have loved going through Ann Voscamp’s Jesse Tree Devotional together – we’ve done this for a few years and always are amazed afresh at the insights and how it focuses our mind on Christ during Christmas.


Jamie October 20, 2013 at 6:37 am

Christmas Eve finds us all at home playing board games the entire day eating snacky type foods!!!


Morgan October 20, 2013 at 8:41 am

I love getting a real tree to decorate. Our first Christmas being married, we lived across the country from family and couldn’t afford to fly anywhere to see them. So we bought our first real tree, hubby carried it (yes, carried) the couple of blocks to our home, and wegot to decorating with all the new ornaments we bought and ones my mom had sent. Cider was mulling on the stove, buckeyes were being dipped, and classic holiday music was on the radio. And it was a good Christmas.


AlohaHarleySMG October 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’m sure that this sounds silly but we have ALWAYS listened to John Denver & The Muppets on Christmas Day/Eve. It started when we were kids and we loved it. It was a record back then. Then a tape. These days, between my 3 sisters we have provided 5 grand kids for my parents and every household has their own copy of the CD and everyone looks forward to hearing the Muppets sing with John Denver :)


Lori P October 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

When our daughter was little we always made a point of making a birthday cake for Jesus, never missed the Christmas program at our church and she would put a plate of goodies out for Santa along with a note that she left for him giving thanks for her gifts.


Jamie Jo Hampton October 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

My husband and I watch A Christmas Story in bed on Christmas Eve Night, and I make a very special dinner for just the two of us at home on Christmas Day! He normally surprises me with a gift even though we are saving money and not supposed to get each other something.


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