Christmas Decorations and Traditions

Something that my mom likes to do is buy fun candles at thrift stores.  We have been saving some Christmas candles since this summer, and today Mom and I went to some thrift stores and found some more fun candles, most of them for Christmas.

With those candles, Christmas lights, and some leftover branches from our Christmas tree, I have been having lots of fun decorating around the house.  Of course, Christmas decorations have also proven to be quite fun to photograph.

I also cut out some gingerbread cookies today.  They are one of my dad’s favorites.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?  We have a few – outside of the traditional opening gifts and having a tree.  We usually have our big dinner on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas day.  This tradition comes down from my mom’s side of the family.  They always celebrated on Christmas Eve, having their big meal and opening gifts then.  Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner is Prime Rib.  I can’t remember ever having anything else.

Another tradition has to do with our pickle ornament.  On Christmas morning (or whenever we are opening gifts) Dad hides the pickle, usually on the tree (although last year he hung it from a light fixture:)).  Whoever finds the pickle first gets to give the first gift.

A rather new tradition is that the week of Christmas we watch a movie series.  This started the year my grandma passed away, when my mom was out of town, so Dad and the children watched all the Star Wars movies that week.  It was so fun, we did it again the next year.  This year we aren’t watching a series.  So far we have watched some DreamWorks Christmas shorts, “Tangled,” and yesterday we saw “Hugo.”  They’ve all been good.

Something that I’m hoping will continue being a tradition is having Mr.W. and his daughter over for dinner on Christmas Eve.  Last year when they came over we had SO MUCH FUN!  It will be fun having them over tomorrow for dinner.

I am looking forward to our Christmas.  I hope you have a Merry Christmas!



Rolling out the cookie dough




All ready to go into the oven


Ready to be frosted


An ornament on our tree


I love out of focus lights


I wrapped our bunk bed with lights


More lights on our bed


This is one of the candles for our centerpiece


One candle like this will be  on each side of the centerpiece


Some of the candles we bought today


Lit for dinner



4 thoughts on “Christmas Decorations and Traditions

  1. Traditions…oyster soup (I don’t like oysters, but oh well:)) on Christmas Eve–which is a dress-up occasion. Presents on Christmas morning (not this year–we went to church; some churches locally cancelled services! Can you believe that??!!!)…lots of family time. Sticking bows in our hair…heehee! Turkey on Christmas Day…with homemade cranberry sauce.
    The list could go on, but I don’t wish to bore you 🙂

  2. You aren’t boring me! I love hearing about your traditions.
    Some churches around here cancelled services, also. Rather sad.
    Since our church meets in the afternoon, we still opened gifts in the morning. We don’t usually stick bows in each other’s hair, though. 🙂


  3. Racheal,

    I don’t think it is boring, I enjoy hearing about other families and what they do as traditions. Share, share, share…..
    By the way, some churches cancelled church here, too. I can’t believe it! Cancelling church on the Lord’s Day for ???

    Mrs. H.

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