Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Christmas Traditions Challenge

** Updated with participants at end of post **

You may remember last year that I issued myself a Christmas Tree Challenge and it kinda took on a life of it`s own as more and more people participated in the challenge.

This year as I begin to prepare for my last Christmas without Hannah, I`m already thinking of some Traditions that I would like to start with her. This year`s Christmas Challenge to you is to share your favourite Christmas Tradition(s) on your blog that you share with your child(ren) or, that you plan on starting when your child joins your family.

Looking forward to learning much from many of you...and learning some new traditions to share with Hannah!

Also, if you`d like me to link your blog here please enter a comment mentioning you`ve added your tradition to your blog or, sending me an email.

It`s beginning to look a lot like Christmas....YAY!!!

The Daily Grind
Hanging on by one red thread
The Happy Geek
Mother and Daughter


  1. I love learning about other's traditons.... Since I know there will be a lot of the "traditonal" ones which I also do, I would like to share what I have grown up on....

    Being Norwegian, we celebrate on Christmas eve with a very specific food menu and activities... One of my favorite things is the Ris Krem or Rice Cream. Kind of like almond rice in whipped cream... I can provide the recipe if wanted. The dessert is served at the end of the dinner. In the Ris Krem is hidden a single almond. Whomever gets the almond in their dish wins the marzipan pig... a symbol of good luck. Even as adults, we all love the activity of it... some of the in-laws can't quite get over the texture thing but have fun searching for almond.

    Fun to remember and share!

    Hugs my friend,

  2. Cathy this is a great idea!!!

    I know you suggested a blog post...but I'll just share something here really quickly.

    As you know, when my son was little we had a birthday party for baby Jesus every year. He would invite friends over, we'd play party games, have a cake, sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and we'd always make a tree ornament and draw or write on it something we could give Jesus as our gift to Him. I loved the years we took pictures of ourselves and pasted them on the ornament - giving ourselves back to Jesus as our gift to Him.

    At our Christmas dinner each year we always set a place for Jesus at the table. On His plate we place a crown - a visual reminder that the King of kings is with us and it's His day we are celebrating.

    Can't wait to read other traditions linked to your blog.
    Have a great "Christmasy" day!
    Love & prayers,

  3. Great idea! As I just posted on my blog, we put up a small tree in our kitchen that we decorate with ornaments that we bought in China. We hang them in honor of our girls' birth parents who we will never forget.

  4. Oh wow, I think I need to start doing something for the birth parents.....that was a great comment....I hadn't even thought of that.......

  5. I've read somewhere about the tradition of reading a holiday story as part of the advent celebrations...a count down of sorts. So, 24 books wrapped and ready to go in a lovely basket. Each evening of December the child choses a story to uwrap and share at bedtime. I've started my collection and hope to have enough by the time Benjaminh is 3 or so (and understands the concept of the number of days...).

    Also, baking cookies and packaging them up as gifts for special friends...I already do this but can't wait until the little one is big enough to help..


  6. My xmas tradition is watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"...the original cartoon, that is, with my daughter. That was my very fav as a child, and its so much more fun watching it now with my daughter...on TV...not the DVD. That way, its always a surprise when its on and sometimes we're lucky enough to see it 2 or 3 times.

    Throw in some spiked nog (for me, not T) and its a party!

    Kind regards from Miami,

    Carol and Taylor

  7. Hi catherine,
    Long time lurker first time poster. I posted on my blog this morning about our christmas tradition. It actually was very therapeutic. You just might have to read the blog to figure it out.



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