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Date: 12/25/10 2:50 AM

I may have done this here before, but I know people have their funny family Christmas traditions and thought it might be fun to hear them.

We always have Chinese food for Christmas Eve dinner. I don't put gifts under the tree until everyone has gone to bed. My kids have two stockings because I made one set and DSIL made a set. Santa has instructions to only put books into their dear auntie's. Yes, even now that the "kids" are 28 and 30!

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Date: 12/25/10 7:00 AM

Does somebody being sick count? Seriously, every year, one of us is sick. One year I had strept throat on top of the stomach flu. Usually it's a stomach bug and what's funny is what part of Christmas dinner the sick person can keep down. One year all my sister could eat was green bean casserole.

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Date: 12/25/10 4:59 PM

Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve, kids off to bed, adults open gifts after children are in bed (with the tv on in the family room so that the children think we are in there instead of opening our presents).

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Date: 12/25/10 5:09 PM

Because I have raised my son solo for most of his life, I have not wanted to spend all my time in the kitchen or slaving over anything more than necessary to have a nice Christmas. I wanted to spend my time with my son. So, I simplified Christmas by buying very simple but elegant food and making it a gourmet even where we relaxed and enjoy our food. Also, though I have usually had some nice gifts for my son, Christmas has never been about gifts for us. It's been about spending time with each other and doing nothing else. I'm breaking that today being on the computer I admit. I'm helping with some research for some college apps and have a habit of diverting here and there. So, my bad. But, he's nearby working on what he has to do and we are listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn and chatting as we work. We're celebrating on January 2 after all the college apps are in. Otherwise, we would also have been hiking and doing other fun things and not been on the computer at all. But, we will do that on January 2nd.

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Date: 12/25/10 5:13 PM

Usually, Christmas in our house is a small, cozy affair. My extended family is in Europe; my husband's family's not very close, neither geographically nor emotionally. So it's just the four of us, DH, me, the kiddos. Sometimes I grow wistful for the movie version of a large, happy clan around the table, but on the upside, our holiday is low-key and stress-free for the most part.

Our tradition? Not very original, but much loved: Watching It's a Wonderful Life.

Claudia

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Date: 12/25/10 5:42 PM

When my parents were still with us, we would have a silver tray on the coffee table in the living room with a glass of champagne waiting for each of us. Being the youngest, I would pass out the presents as Christmas ambassador. We would toast, and then open presents, then move into the dining room for brunch, mimosas, french toast, sausage, bacon, coffee. When my niece turned 8 I handed the baton over, but she gathered all of her presents and let us fend for ourselves...LOL. More than the presents it was about being all together and the food!!

Things have changed a bit this year, I opened my presents at midnight and slept in, then called everyone at home to wish them a Merry Christmas, then went for a walk on the beach, where Santa was making his rounds saying hohoho to beach goers.... this might be my new tradition.

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Date: 12/25/10 10:04 PM

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Our tradition? Not very original, but much loved: Watching It's a Wonderful Life.

Claudia

This is one of our traditions, too! I love that movie! This year in Austin one of the local movie theaters showed it on the big-screen -- it was so much fun!

I was heartbroken the first year after I was married and my MIL acted like asking them to watch it with me was like asking them to attend a funeral on Christmas Day.

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Date: 12/26/10 11:48 AM

I forgot to add one of my key ones. I wrap almost all the gifts in brown paper. We bought a roll in 1980 for a big project and I think I started using it for Christmas wrap by about 1985. It is still going in spite of wrapping some large and bulky gifts over the years! I also don't put any gifts under the tree until everyone is in bed. I think my mom started that so that we would have a real wow-factor when we were little, in spite of being on welfare and not having a ton of stuff.

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Date: 12/26/10 1:41 PM

Too much wine.

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Date: 12/26/10 3:37 PM

DH and I usually go to the San Diego Zoo on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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