Monday, December 5, 2011

Traditions New and Old

When I was little, my brother, sister, and I always got to sleep under the Christmas tree the first night it was up in our house.  We did not start this tradition right away with our kids, but last year it came up in conversation and my kids wanted to do it.  The kids slept under the tree last year; this year, we all slept in the living room last night, even though it was a school night! 

Last Friday we joined my brother's family at my parents' in the mountains to cut a Christmas tree down.  While we were there, we got some Christmas pillowcases from my mom, a newish tradition she started a few years ago.  I had told her that I was trying to stay with red, green, and brown for all my decorations so she found this cute fabric.  I love them! 

5156 pillowcases from Nana

How about you?  Any out-of-the-ordinary holiday traditions at your house?  Come on, I know you want to share!  In fact, if you post about it and tell me, I'll link to your post.  Let me know!


Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, those pillowcases look adorable! I love holiday traditions. We always spend Christmas Eve overnight at whoever is hosting -- Mom, my sister or me. We're all together from mid-afternoon on the 24th until at least the evening of the 25th and there have been many years when we just stay the extra day and don't leave until the 26th. It's so fun just to all be together. I often wonder though, how much longer we'll be able to continue -- as our kids are now mostly grown and as they marry and bring more into the family it will get pretty big. I LOVE your idea of sleeping under the tree the first night!

StarSpry said...

I love your new holiday header & background :)

Sleeping under the Christmas tree on the first night sounds like a fun tradition! I also love the idea of getting Christmas pillowcases every year. The ones your mom made are adorable.

We don't really have any traditions that we do every year. We do try to watch A Christmas Carol every year and we do spend Christmas day with Nathan's family.

Stephanie D. said...

I don't think we have any particularly unique traditions. We used to get new pajamas to open on Christmas Eve, but last year, we all decided we'd outgrown that one.

We do have New Mexican fare for Christmas dinner, though. No ham or turkey for us!

So do the branches not hit you in the face when you turn over? lol

Nana said...

Christmas traditions are so special. I'm glad you still like sleeping under the tree! A Christmas tradition when I was growing up was the ribbon candy - I'd forgotten about that until I saw yours! Beautiful picture!