Once upon a time…Chapter Four

**We just loved hearing all of your holiday traditions….they are all so great! Congratulations to Selena B. and Krystal M. for winning a little MJC surprise. Ladies, we sent a message your way, so be sure to watch for it. ~ Lucia **

It is hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner…it is almost time to deck the halls, and we LOVE adding a bit of magic to the season in our own little way! Whether you are out and about with adventures and holiday performances or spending time with your favorite people, we hope Chapter Four of Once upon a time… will add a magical storybook feeling to your holiday traditions both new and old.

This release is all about the holidays, and we can’t tell you enough how excited we are to bring MJC not only into your closets, but also into your home. This season you’ll find some sweet stockings and even a tree skirt that has great patterns, beautiful hues and a little ruffle to top it off. You also won’t want to miss your chance to earn our fun Jane exclusive holiday mugs, perfect for those mornings of coffee and hot cocoa! They are the perfect match to our home pieces as well as our all-month Sleeping Bag promotion. Santa will be sure to leave lots of goodies with these pretties prepped and ready to go for December 24…?

Now, we can’t just take care of the house without taking care of the sweet souls that call it home! We are oh-so-smitten with the pieces the Design Team has put together just for you. This season you will see a variety of adorable prints — conversationals, beautiful florals and a little plaid that evokes this whimsical time of the year. You’ll even find a tutu dress for the littlest sugar plum in your life!  You know we love detail and we think all these little extras will help you and your little ones feel special and beautiful all season long.

As everything around us continues to get that much sweeter with the season, we hope these pieces will help make dressing a piece of cake as you create some new memories that will last a lifetime! Now, what better way to kick off the season of giving than to do it with a little MJC giveaway? Comment below with your favorite family holiday tradition for your chance to win a little MJC surprise.

Ciao for now,




















MJC - November 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Love it, how fun!! We want to send a little something your way, so be sure to send your mailing address to lucia.rogers@matildajaneclothing.com. Have a great weekend! ~ Lucia

MJC - November 4, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Thank you so much for your comment! Be sure to email your mailing address to lucia.rogers@matildajaneclothing.com so we can send a little something your way. 🙂 ~ Lucia

Catherine - November 2, 2016 - 2:52 am

Going to our cabin for Christmas Day thru New Year’s Eve and just enjoying the snow (making snow people, sledding, etc.) and looking at the snow-dusted trees 🙂

Ashley Gunter - November 1, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Opening one present after Christmas Eve Service.

Lindsey Goss - November 1, 2016 - 12:30 pm

We go “hunting” for a real Christmas tree the first Saturday of December

Ashley - November 1, 2016 - 12:23 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is going to the Christmas tree farm and picking out a tree together and getting to cut it down. The kids absolutely love getting to decorate it with their special little touches. We love family time and during the holidays we have alot of family events and dinners and the kids love baking and making all kinds of sweet treats! Oh and can’t forget going to look to all the beautiful Christmas lights they love it!!

LA Loehr - November 1, 2016 - 12:11 pm

We add to our homemade garland every year and we give part of it away to someone every year. It’s a pretty tinsel loop garland. The reason it is so special is that we saw one like it in a store on a holiday when we were snowed in and decided that would be our tradition and holiday family heirloom for my daughter.

Amanda delp - November 1, 2016 - 11:23 am

Of course baking cookies with my mom using my great grandmother’s recipe ♡♡ and then we get to decorate them!!!

Beth Wyrick - November 1, 2016 - 10:28 am

Watching The Polar Express in our pj’s.

Kathi Uhls - November 1, 2016 - 10:03 am

We change out food menu every holiday to represent other traditions for our kids and grandkids.Gives them the chance to realize the other countries food chices

Jodi Finn - November 1, 2016 - 7:58 am

On Christmas Eve we go to the local nursing home with some members from our church, it’s mostly kids and they sing Carols. We go home and have hot coco in our special Christmas mugs and open one gift from mom and dad. The kids (all 3) watch old school Christmas shows like roodolf and Jack Frost etc. and stay awake as long as they possibly can.

Karhma Dent - November 1, 2016 - 7:38 am

My favourite holiday tradition is opening one gift on Christmas Eve, making cocoa from scratch, and watching a Christmas movie together. I also love going to pick out our tree and smelling the evergreens.

Amy - November 1, 2016 - 7:36 am

We let our kids sleep with us the night before Christmas and cuddle and watch movies.

shana - November 1, 2016 - 6:57 am

We let our kids open a Christmas Eve box that includes Pjs, popcorn and a christmas movir. Afterwards, we drive around various neighborhoods looking at christmas decorations until the kids fall asleep 🙂

Jennifer Hastings - November 1, 2016 - 2:23 am

Christmas starts in our home on November 1st. It is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The car always has Christmas Carols playing, and we are singing everywhere we go. Each kid gets a new ornament to hang on the tree, along with their ornaments from previous years. We go to Disneyland, because Chtistmas at Disneyland is ridiculously awesome! Christmas Eve we open our Christmas pajamas (I can’t wait for my girls to see theirs this year!) Bake cookies for Santa, and watch A Miracle, The Grinch and White Christmas. And then, I go into depression on December 26th . Just kidding… sort of.

Kathleen Troka - November 1, 2016 - 1:45 am

Every year we go out for special meal on Christmas Eve…and then we go home and open birthday presents because it’s my sweetpea’s birthday! She was the best Christmas present EVER!

Nicole Downs - November 1, 2016 - 12:55 am

Making Italian Christmas cookies with the whole family and laughing about the same things every year we do it.

Terri Lee - November 1, 2016 - 12:25 am

Our favorite tradition so far is our family christmas picture all wearing matching crazy Christmas pajamas- and then we go to my brother’s for Christmas breakfast in our pj’s.
The girls love Christmas and Christmas lights just fascinate them . We have twin girls who will turn 3 just 2 weeks before Christmas.
Can’t wait to see the joy on their faces this year !

Casara - November 1, 2016 - 12:23 am

Every year our elf on the shelf comes on Thanksgiving, bringing PJs, a movie, book, hot chocolate, & popcorn to kick off the Christmas season. It’s my favorite tradition because it’s something we started when our son was born & it was our 1st real family holiday tradition. ❤️

Briza - November 1, 2016 - 12:20 am

Baking cookies, drinking got chocolate, taking family photos (offguard) and then head on over to the zoo lights in Houston, TX❤️

Brynn - November 1, 2016 - 12:03 am

I love opening stockings on Christmas morning. It was my favorite part of Christmas growing up and I love continuing that tradition with my babies.

Kasey Caliendo - October 31, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Christmas Eve church then to my grandparents for snacks and gifts.

Lindsay - October 31, 2016 - 11:02 pm

Love reading these ladies! One of our holiday tradition includes watching the Wizard of Oz with my parents and our kids over the holiday break. We laugh as grampy (my dad) does his lion impression to the kids “Put em up, put em up.” Timeless!

Heidi - October 31, 2016 - 10:12 pm

My mom makes her famous North Pole Chowder to serve at Christmas Eve dinner along with smoked salmon and the adults toast ice cold shots of Swedish Vodka after we get home from church. “Helan Går!”

Megan M. - October 31, 2016 - 9:43 pm

PJs and Books Christmas Eve! The kids each get to open one present (PJs and a book) that they can wear to bed. We all sit around as a family and read the books by the tree before bedtime.

Iris - October 31, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Christmas Eve we go to church and after service we bake cookies for Santa and listen to Christmas music.

Casey Price - October 31, 2016 - 9:13 pm

The day after Thanksgiving we go find our Christmas tree and cut it down. Then spend the evening listening to Christmas music and decorating our house/tree.

Megan B - October 31, 2016 - 9:00 pm

Every year we drive around Fort Wayne to look st Christmas lights and then head to Coney Island for a snack.

Tonya sibert - October 31, 2016 - 7:00 pm

After the children have gone to sleep Christmas Eve I take a picture of them sleeping. The pure innocence will take your breath away. Thankful and blessed✨?✨

Tracey - October 31, 2016 - 6:54 pm

As a young child I made a Christmas tree angel of cardboard, a silver pie plate for wings, a ton of glitter and a whole lot of Christmas spirit. For over 25 years that handmade angel adorned the top of our family Christmas tree. When my eldest was born my parents gifted the angel back to me, and for ten years my children have carried on the tradition of putting the angel atop our tree. Even when the extended family has been apart on Christmas, we all still celebrate the simple magic of placing of the angel crafted so many years ago.

Jessica - October 31, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is for all of my siblings and nieces and nephews to get together at my parents house to cook and enjoy my daddy’s famous turkey and dressing. My husband and I started the tradition of picking out a real Christmas tree the day or week after thanksgiving since we got married 2 years ago. Christmas is definitely all time fav part of year.

Ashley Lewis - October 31, 2016 - 5:35 pm

My girls (7&4) and I bake cookies and candies together. As a family we go up in the woods to cut a tree down, build a little fire, play in the snow, drink hot chocolate and cider, then come home put the tree up and decorate that and the house.????

Kelli - October 31, 2016 - 5:14 pm

My favorite is the feeling the holidays give. There’s a special energy in the air, and everyone is kinder, the lights are brighter. Also, egg nog.

Liberty Hancock - October 31, 2016 - 5:03 pm

Going to my parents on Christmas Eve. It is a special time with just them. It is not a huge crowd like on Christmas Day with the entire family. Our children get to spend one on one time with their “MeMe and Pops” and they cherish that!

Mandi - October 31, 2016 - 4:46 pm

I love new Christmas pajamas. ?

Stephanie - October 31, 2016 - 2:39 pm

My husband and I started the tradition of watching Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve night while we were still dating (10 years ago, ha). Christmas day is filled with lots of togetherness and presents for our daughter. A quick breakfast at home, travel to grandparents for brunch, and great grandparents for dinner.

Rachelle - October 31, 2016 - 2:34 pm

Buying gifts for a child on the angel tree. I have my daughter help so she can learn that Christmas is about giving and I think it humbles is both.

Cyndi Foote - October 31, 2016 - 2:08 pm

Every year we decorate sugar cookies and then watch Polar Express….. with hot chocolate (of course!) and eat our creative Christmas cookies!!

Lora Stubenvoll - October 31, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Our favorite Christmas tradition is going to see lights as a family. Since we can’t be near our extended family due to military, we try to do this every year to give the kids a sense of normalicy <3

Kate - October 31, 2016 - 12:55 pm

Traditions are so important to us because my husband is sometimes deployed during the holidays. Decorating the tree every year on the day after Thanksgiving is my all time favorite tradition. We light candles, bake cookies, turn on Christmas music and decorate all day long! It’s the best. 🙂

Amanda Morgan - October 31, 2016 - 12:54 pm

It’s a Christmas tradition in our family to all get new Pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve into Christmas. On Christmas Eve we get to open up a gift of a Christmas ornament to place anywhere on the tree we want it. It’s something I’ve been doing with my mom for years and now we do with my family. We also have a HUGE Christmas breakfast. It’s just being with family that warms my heart during the holidays!

Karen Frederick - October 31, 2016 - 12:51 pm

My daughter was born on Christmas Eve last year and had to spend a week in the NICU. It was mine and my husband’s first Christmas as a married couple. We woke up at 6 and went to the NICU to see our baby on Christmas morning. It was a bittersweet moment. Looking forward to establishing our Christmas traditions this year!

Sara - October 31, 2016 - 12:41 pm

We watch Ann of Green Gables as a family on Thanksgiving Morning.

Stephanie moody - October 31, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Every year we go to a glass blowing place and the kids decorate and help blow their own ornaments. It’s a bit different than typical traditions. We also do a winter closet clean out and donate items to shelters as well as friends and neighbors who can give the items we no longer need a good home. This year my husband is deployed to Afghanistan and I’ll have to do the elf up good this year and make sure to do our traditions and typical traditions like making cookies, etc.

Manda - October 31, 2016 - 12:16 pm

We are starting our own traditions right now but one I would love to carry on from my own childhood would be piling in the car with some special snacks to peek at all the neighborhood Christmas lights!

Courtney - October 31, 2016 - 11:51 am

My favorite holiday tradition is my family attending the candle light Christmas Eve service together, coming home to dinner baking in the oven, and opening the first gifts on Christmas Eve while watching Polar Express.

Kellye - October 31, 2016 - 11:50 am

Baking cookies, decorating the tree, Christmas music and searching for our elf Millie every morning!

Angela Crohn - October 31, 2016 - 11:30 am

We drink eggnog & open our gifts in front of the fire on Christmas morning

Liz - October 31, 2016 - 11:26 am

I love baking with my kids. And going to see Christmas lights. ?

Lois own - October 31, 2016 - 11:25 am

My children are now 40 and 37. When they were young I would have some of their friends over for a d corate a gingerbread house party. I would assemble the graham cracker houses, make each one of them a bowl of white royal icing and put out a variety of candies. This was as much fun for me as for them. I have had some of their friends tell me how much they enjoyed this. Warms my heart

Krystal Colon - October 31, 2016 - 11:03 am

Our community is really big on Christmas, so every year, our community has a trolley that we can ride to view the neighborhood and all the decor. They have Mr. and Mrs. Claus on the trolley along with singing christmas tunes the whole ride. Afterwards, they have hot chocolate and cookies. It’s a really neat tradition that brings our whole community together.

Heidi - October 31, 2016 - 10:07 am

Homemade pizzas and a movie on Christmas Eve, then presents- one at a time. Christmas morning is for church and then off to all of our extend family.

Lyndsay Petrich - October 31, 2016 - 9:59 am

New Pajamas christmas eve 🙂 and Grandpa reading the Christmas story

bree - October 31, 2016 - 9:58 am

loving everything about this storybook release. 🙂

Shelley - October 31, 2016 - 9:46 am

We always go to our church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service, come home and get in our Christmas jammies, and the kids get to open one present. We usually make it a family activity/game type of present and spend the rest of the night playing it together!

Amy - October 31, 2016 - 9:32 am

We love to get hot cocoa and then drive through The Plaza to enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights. We usually do this one evening after we visit with Santa. By the time we finish, usually at least one of the children is asleep and needs to be carried in and put to bed.

Toni - October 31, 2016 - 9:21 am

A birthday cake for Jesus!

Stephanie houghton - October 31, 2016 - 9:17 am

My favorite tradition is Christmas brunch. My grandmother also did brunch and all the aunts and cousins would come. My grandma is still living but her health isn’t the best. So every year I try to keep up the tradition so my children can have the same fun tradition and something to look forward to. It feels my heart remembering those times and traditions.

Kendra miller - October 31, 2016 - 9:12 am

We love Christmas Eve service followed by opening jammies and driving around to see the lights!

Savannah Dryden - October 31, 2016 - 9:08 am

My favorite Christmas tradition happens on Thanksgiving day. After a big family lunch we put up all the Christmas decorations while watching National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!

TARA OSWALD - October 31, 2016 - 9:05 am

Every year we decide as a family on how we can give back for the holiday season. As a family we will go to a shelter or a food shelf and volunteer our time to help others in need. There is truly nothing more rewarding and no better way to spread holiday cheer!

Stephanie Falsetta - October 31, 2016 - 9:01 am

We make gingerbread houses that usually turna into a food fight. Pain to clea. Up but worth it

Beverly Grzych - October 31, 2016 - 9:00 am

Always spending Christmas Eve with family. Giving the grandkids their Christmas Jammie’s. Just Love being together ❤️

Erica York - October 31, 2016 - 8:46 am

Making and decorating Christmas cookies at the grandparent’s house! It’s so messy but oh so fun! We did it growing up and we have kept the tradition alive with our girls!

Kristen Martin - October 31, 2016 - 8:28 am

I love Christmas Eve dinner and church with family!

April Green - October 31, 2016 - 8:24 am

Our children always pick an ornament that represents what they love that year…strawberry short cake…Barbie…supergirl…whatever it may be. When they are grown and own their own, they will have all of their ornaments to hang on their own tree and remember the things they loved most as the years past. And share fun memories with their own little ones.

Cathy johnston - October 31, 2016 - 8:22 am

Every year we get one new ornament and each kid gets new Jammie’s!

Crystal Love-Carroll - October 31, 2016 - 8:16 am

We love going to look at Christmas lights in our pjs and baking Christmas cookies!

Jamie Ali - October 31, 2016 - 8:13 am

Baking cookies for all of our friends!

Heather - October 31, 2016 - 8:06 am

We countdown to Christmas with Advent and ornaments. It is so fun!

Laura Libbee - October 31, 2016 - 8:02 am

My dd gets new pajamas and a new book on Christmas eve that we read before bed. We always read On the night before Christmas too.

Kayla Murphy - October 31, 2016 - 7:50 am

We have many Holiday traditions that we love but our favorite is attending the FWB Nutcracker at the Civic. I’ve been taking my daughter since she was 2, she’s 10 now. This year not only will I be attending the Nutcracker, I will get to watch my daughter on stage as part of the FWB!! Her dream of being a Nutcracker angel has come true, and mommy is going to be a sobbing mess come Dec 2!

Nicole - October 31, 2016 - 7:45 am

There is so many great traditions we have but my favorite by far is simply being together with family! Slowing down and spending time talking, laughing and creating magical moments!!

Cortney K - October 31, 2016 - 7:41 am

My favorite tradition is lighting the fireplace, and reading ‘Twas the night before Christmas to my two littles! Then we discuss how the man in red is going to be able to come down the fireplace and not get burned. Every year!

Jamie - October 31, 2016 - 7:40 am

Everyone makes a sweet and savory appetizer on Christmas Eve and brings it to Grandma’s house, it’s apps for dinner in matching Jammies (all 10 of us)

Galyn. Walrond - October 31, 2016 - 7:39 am

I love asking the kids take turns opening gifts, one at a time, being able to see their reaction to each gift is priceless and it makes the giving more special to them also!

Kristen - October 31, 2016 - 7:38 am

Love going to the tree farm to pick out a tree & celebrating my daughters birthday!

Kate Walker - October 31, 2016 - 7:34 am

Driving around town in pj’s and looking at Christmas lights.

Bethany - October 31, 2016 - 7:30 am

My favorite holiday tradition is listening to holiday music, while we decorate the tree together as a family. I love looking at all the ornaments and telling my babies the stories behind each one. They get so excited to see pictures of themselves or art work they created when they were little! The homemade ornaments are so special to me! We also play the count how many lights you see game anytime we’re in the car…we oooh and awww over all the lights! Happy holidays!

Lauren - October 31, 2016 - 7:23 am

We love making our gingerbread house every year as a family 🙂

Emily Peters - October 31, 2016 - 7:11 am

Our favorite thing is decorating cookies with family. There’s sprinkles and frosting everywhere, and chances are they probably tasted a little bit while they were working so hard, but they have fun and are so proud. My oldest makes sure to leave cookies for Santa’s reindeer as well. The holidays are even sweeter with little ones.

Brittanie Brandt - October 31, 2016 - 7:08 am

This is our first Christmas as a family since Daddy was deployed for baby’s first Christmas. We’re excited to find a Christmas tree farm to cut down our own tree. I think I am most excited to set up cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer

Charla Smith - October 31, 2016 - 7:05 am

We go to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum to see it decorated & have breakfast with Santa at the State museum. <3 <3

Jennifer U - October 31, 2016 - 6:56 am

Our Elf always brings our girl her special Matilda Jane Christmas pajamas on the 1st night she returns to us from the North Pole! And they usually smell of hot cocoa mix or peppermint (we think this is because those must be what the elves snack on while making all of those Christmas goodies for Santa). We also always get a 50cent piece in the toe of our stockings..this is something my Grandmother got when she was a little girl, then my Mom, myself, & now my children. Christmas truly is the most loving & magical time of the year!

Lindsey - October 31, 2016 - 6:51 am

My favorite Christmas time tradition is going to the tree farm to cut down a Christmas tree. We take a hay ride around the property to look at all the beautiful trees, sip on hot choclate by a camp fire, then grab a wagon to go search for our tree! My husband and son always cut the tree down together. My daughter is old enough now to start helping cut it down too!

Courtney Delecki - October 31, 2016 - 6:47 am

We love to watch the old Christmas Classics movies like Rudolf and Frosty the Snowman. Our children love singing the songs while eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate. We do it every year, and I look forward to it so much.

Rachel Mundell - October 31, 2016 - 6:19 am

Piling everyone into the car with travel mugs full of hot chocolate to look at Christmas lights.

Alissa Abercrombie - October 31, 2016 - 6:13 am

Baking Christmas cookies with the recipe that’s been in our family for over 70 years!

Jennifer Kautzer - October 31, 2016 - 6:07 am

Elf on the Shelf, classic Christmas movies, Christmas Eve service, decorating the tree with my family

Liz - October 31, 2016 - 6:04 am

One of our family traditions is to buy a birthday cake and then on Christmas Eve after family dinner we sing happy birthday to Jesus and have a birthday party.

Shana - October 31, 2016 - 5:59 am

We make and decorate cookies each year.

Jena David - October 31, 2016 - 5:31 am

My favorite part of the holidays is putting out our Christmas decor. Each year we shop as a family for a new ornament that represents the year we have had. We can’t wait to get it home and find a spot for it on the tree. Happy holidays (early) to everybody at MJC!

Melissa Robert - October 31, 2016 - 3:05 am

Advent days… we have a book, a craft and a recipe unique to each of the 24 days before Christmas… ADORE it!!

Amy Tuckwell - October 31, 2016 - 2:37 am

Our favourite tradition is the Christmas Eve box-a present the kids get to unwrap on the 24th filled with new pj’s and a new game to play together as a family.

Kelley Corley - October 31, 2016 - 2:25 am

We love Christmas time! So many family traditions!! Trimming the tree, looking at Christmas lights, Elf on the Shelf, matching pajamas, etc, but the best part is spending time with family and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Maryann E. - October 31, 2016 - 1:49 am

We love watching Christmas movies and baking cookies and nut rolls!

Ashley Dillinger - October 31, 2016 - 1:42 am

Our favorite tradition is taking a 3hr road trip to Dollywood while the park is completely lit up. We always freeze but it’s a time together we treasure. We all look forward to the shows, food, and lights. It’s our time out from the craziness of Christmas.

Stacie Kent - October 31, 2016 - 1:37 am

We read the Christmas story out of a very old family bible, have communion, and then sing Christmas carols.

Cherice Waterbury - October 31, 2016 - 1:36 am

I have so many favorite traditions that it is difficult to choose just one. I love to load the family up and go out looking at all of the beautiful Christmas lights, going to our parade of lights here in our very small town, matching pj’s for the family, all the treats we make together and so much more. Possibly my favorite though would be either all the nutcrackers my grandmother collected that now my children like to do or the cadbury fruit and nut bars that my other grandmother always wrapped in tissue paper under the tree that I now do for all of our family.

Abby - October 31, 2016 - 1:36 am

We have always gone to Christmas Eve mass and then have a great homemade dinner and open presents and hang out with family.

Megan Globensky - October 31, 2016 - 1:01 am

My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve dinner with my in-laws. We have a fancy sit down dinner of lobster tail and artichokes. And Christmas brunch with my family. This is my most FAVORITE time of year!! I may have even put a Christmas tree up upstairs already. Who needs Halloween? Give me all things Christmas!! 🙂

Brianne - October 31, 2016 - 12:54 am

We have so many family holiday favorites. One of which is taking a horse drawn wagon out to a field to cut down our tree! Another is wearing matching PJs jumping in the car with popcorn and drive around looking at the live nativity and Christmas lights!

Susan Browne - October 31, 2016 - 12:53 am

Our favorite tradition is going to find all the great christmas light displays

Jillian Fichetola - October 31, 2016 - 12:47 am

Making Christmas cookies with the whole family and delivering them to the neighbors!

Jessica - October 31, 2016 - 12:42 am

There are so many to choose from but my very most favorites are the kiddos searching for the beloved pickle on the tree (the way they cheer each other on gives me ?) and staying up late with my sweet husband to tie on those last bows while we watch the Holiday and Love Actually on repeat!

Jessie N. - October 31, 2016 - 12:33 am

My favorite holiday tradition is the time my spouse and I spend together after our kids go to bed on Christmas Eve. We hurry about like Christmas elves, preparing for the morning magic!

Jiminy - October 31, 2016 - 12:33 am

We love spending family time together cuddled up, telling stories and remembering the real reason of the season, JESUS!!! ❤️

Adina B - October 31, 2016 - 12:27 am

We love going to see the Christmas lights at our local botanical garden every year! It’s so beautiful and marks the start of the holiday season for us ☺️

Gina - October 31, 2016 - 12:20 am

One of our holiday traditions is to volunteer at feed my starving children …

Morgan - October 31, 2016 - 12:18 am

Spending Christmas Eve with family. This being my daughter’s first Christmas, I cannot wait to begin new traditions for our little family that will carry on.

Alicia - October 31, 2016 - 12:05 am

Just spending a lot of family time together and celebrating the real reason for CHRISTmas- Jesus!

Nancy Ory - October 31, 2016 - 12:03 am

I love my little family!! We go out of town, always for Thanksgiving, so We decorate mid-nov! I love the house warm and cozy with the trees and lights!! In Dec we always shop for a couple angel tree kiddos! It’s important for mine to learn the joy of giving!

Andrea poole - October 30, 2016 - 11:42 pm

Since we where kids Every year we would go out in search of the perfect tree to cut. Normally takes us all afternoon to agree on one lol. Then we turn on some Christmas music and start decorating :). I love this tradition and my kids do too now

Joslyn Nielson - October 30, 2016 - 11:41 pm

We go to the Nutcracker every year on Christmas Eve. It’s the best!!

Heather E - October 30, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Each year on Christmas Eve, my entire family of around 50 people gets together with all of their gifts for the kids. We have dinner, sing carols, read the christmas story from the Bible, then let the kids dig into the big pile of surprises. It’s so much fun to watch their faces!

Amanda - October 30, 2016 - 11:35 pm

Decorating the tree with the kids..seeing their faces when our elf on the shelf arrives..spending time together by the fire. And every Christmas morning we make homemade “fried dough”, a tradition my husband’s grandmother used to do with him when he was a child.

Samantha Mills - October 30, 2016 - 11:34 pm

We spend the day wrapping last minute gifts, while playing Christmas music. We have a candlelight service at my church that evening, then we have fingerfoods afterwards. This has been our tradition for the past 30+ years!

Sonia Blankenship - October 30, 2016 - 11:31 pm

Getting pajamas on Christmas Eve and cuddling on the couch watching Christmas movies with my family while drinking hot cocoa:)

Kristen Combs - October 30, 2016 - 11:29 pm

Our favorite tradition is baking cookies and ginger bread men. The best part is the decorating!!

Lisa Lynch - October 30, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Each year after going to visit Santa, we go to the Cookie Factory at the mall for a sweet treat before heading home. It’s always a fun night ?

Becky - October 30, 2016 - 11:25 pm

My favorite thing as a child, and now with my own children, is decorating the tree. So many sweet memories in the handmade ornaments of my past.

Lydia Haley - October 30, 2016 - 11:24 pm

We do matching pajamas for Christmas morning and Playmobil Advent calendars each year.

Jenny Potter - October 30, 2016 - 11:21 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is that my dad gives me and my 2 sisters 25 gifts to open beginning on Dec 1st. Sometimes your gift for the day is a Hershey bar, sometimes it is a pack of washcloths or a giftcard. He takes the time to pick out the types of things we like. He is 78 years old and still does this every year. He buys 75 gifts, wraps them himself and puts them in a cardboard box. He will can and say “You need to come get your gifts” It is a precious time. Now that I am a mother I have started doing the same thing with my 3 girls. Although theirs is a much smaller scale (stickers, small toys or candy) the joy of counting down the days is still there!

Kate Tree - October 30, 2016 - 11:21 pm

I love going to pick out and cut down a Christmas tree with my family. I also love how on every Christmas Eve we go ice skating with Santa! So much fun!

Jessica stancer - October 30, 2016 - 11:19 pm

Letting the kiddos open their Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve and then cuddling up and watching the Santa Clause 🙂

Jennifer S - October 30, 2016 - 11:19 pm

Christmas Eve is such a wonderful day for my family. We start the morning off by eating breakfast with my granny, then we visit with her for a while and open gifts. We bake cookies once we get back home. We finish the night with a candlelight service at church and a party at my inlaws house. Christmas Day is spent with family as well.

Jenn Tupps - October 30, 2016 - 11:17 pm

My daughter & I go to the Nutcracker ballet each year & this year the family is starting a new tradition with my husband & son too: a Polar Express cocoa train ride!! ??

Sara Keeling - October 30, 2016 - 11:15 pm

Our favorite tradition for my husband & I is setting everything up for Christmas Day when our little ones (mostly our daughter because our son is to young to understand) run to the tree and start freaking out. It’s like a little mommy & daddy party when the kids go to sleep. We love to just go crazy decorating everything for when they wake up with santa steps on the floor, my husband (santa) eats most the Christmas cookies, have a couple presents left from the way santa enters to the tree, and just us knowing tomorrow is going to be amazing. For our family it’s Our Christmas Eve boxes, my daughters box she gets a special movie (kid friendly), hot chocolate, new Pjs, and a special stuffed animal. Mommy & daddy’s Christmas Eve box are done by each other and we always include a special surprise. We love Christmas time.

Megan Caskey - October 30, 2016 - 11:12 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is cutting down our tree every year the day after Thanksgiving 🙂

Amy - October 30, 2016 - 11:11 pm

Put on some holiday tunes, light some candles, light up the tree, and go into the kitchen to make some holiday candies(pecan pralines are a must), then wind down with a holiday movie and bowl of stove popped popcorn snuggled up on the couch!

Nicole F - October 30, 2016 - 10:54 pm

I have my kids decorate cards for children in local hospitals during the holidays. They usually just color pretty pictures and I write the words, but now that my daughter is 6 she is able to write the words down this year. It’s a good way to give back and to keep them grounded during a time of indulgence. ?

Summer - October 30, 2016 - 10:51 pm

We act out the nativity story on Christmas morning.

Ella G. - October 30, 2016 - 10:51 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is finding the new matching family pjs from Robbie – our elf on the shelf – pjs that we all wear on Christmas morning when we open presents while drinking hot chocolate and/or coffee.

Suzanne Rogers - October 30, 2016 - 10:48 pm

Our Family tradition happens on Christmas morning. The kids full of brothers, sisters, and cousins all line up on the stairs for a pcture before racing to see what santa has brought. It is always a great capture of who is grouchy, who is ready for santa, who brushed their hair and yes which teens put on makeup! Every year the kids stay in the same line up. And every year is a reminder of how time flies!

Jeannie Woods - October 30, 2016 - 10:46 pm

We have dinner with the inlaws on Christmas Eve, enjoy Christmas morning at home, then enjoy the afternoon with extended family. ?

Bree - October 30, 2016 - 10:45 pm

All piling in the car together Christmas Eve to drive around and look at lights!!!

Ashley Street - October 30, 2016 - 10:45 pm

We love watching Christmas movies snuggled up in front of the coziness of the Christmas tree and lights. We also open up one present on Christmas Eve which is a new pair of Christmas pajamas!

Dawn - October 30, 2016 - 10:44 pm

Getting together as a family is my favorite holiday tradition.

Natasha Brasher - October 30, 2016 - 10:39 pm

We open one gift together on Christmas Eve, the gift is typically pjs (this year it’s MJ pjs) and a movie. We make hot chocolate and read the story of Jesus’s birth.

Stacey cartwright - October 30, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Every year after the extended family dinner, all the kids get together and create a musical or a play and perform for the family. Much laughter and fun!

April - October 30, 2016 - 10:36 pm

We eat Christmas morning breakfast at my grandmothers! We’ve done it for 26 years!

Ashley Geddes - October 30, 2016 - 10:34 pm

New pjs on Christmas Eve!

Tiffany - October 30, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Making candy with kids right before christmas and then sharing it with family on Christmas eve!!

KellyB - October 30, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Baking Christmas cookies

Jennifer Blankenship - October 30, 2016 - 10:29 pm

Breakfast on Christmas morning with family and then staying in our pj’s the rest of the day playing games and watching movies. After having kids, that is one thing we decided as a family…we do not leave home on Christmas Day!

Angie - October 30, 2016 - 10:26 pm

We spend Christmas Eve with my family and open presents and eat a big dinner. As a child we always had to wait until dinner was over and we would anxiously await every time my dad stood up to see if he was finished or just going back for another plate! Now we have the same tradition with the grandkids and we now that I am older I have learned that my dad always did that just for the fun of it! And he now does it to the grandkids too! 🙂

Stacey - October 30, 2016 - 10:26 pm

Making gingerbread cookies together as a family from scratch is my favorite memory. They might not be the prettiest cookies on the block, but we always have the best time making special memories. ?

Jennifer - October 30, 2016 - 10:24 pm

I have always loved watching The Christmas Story on Christmas day. Now that I have kids we continue this tradition. It’s silly, but I always turn it on once we have opened gifts Christmas morning. Hubby and I sit back, relax and watch while kids play with toys.

T. Gossum - October 30, 2016 - 10:24 pm

Bake cookies & watch A Christmas Story

Heather Brothers - October 30, 2016 - 10:18 pm

We spend Christmas Eve with family, playing games and eating (and eating, and eating!) then come home to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and put feed out for the reindeer!

Hayli Osborne - October 30, 2016 - 10:11 pm

My husband and I always have our one and only date night during December to go Christmas shop. Then on Christmas morning we host our family for an early breakfast. It’s the best time of year!

Lisa M. - October 30, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Every Christmas Eve Santa drops off brand new pjs for all of the kiddos. That is His way of telling us, he’s around the corner and we have to start getting ready for bed! The excitement that brews is amazing!

JennPowell - October 30, 2016 - 10:07 pm

We bake cookies and watch Christmas movies.

Sarah Murphy - October 30, 2016 - 10:07 pm

Fun conversations with my parents (they always travel from California and spend Christmas with us), spending time with my kids and doing crafts, and drinking hot chocolate at the Christmas light show at our zoo.

Amy - October 30, 2016 - 10:06 pm

Extended family bowling on Christmas Eve and driving around to see Christmas lights ?

Jennie councill - October 30, 2016 - 10:05 pm

We gather our friends and go caroling in our neighborhood. The kids love this tradition and the best part is the surprised faces when neighbors open their door to see 30+ people singing!

M thompson - October 30, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Every year, each member of the family decorates their own plate with a picture and the year on it. Then we bake them in the oven for safekeeping. It’s so fun to see the progress the kids make from year to year in artistic ability, writing and spelling!

Marsha - October 30, 2016 - 9:57 pm

My favorite tradition is sitting under the Christmas tree and reading the story of Jesus’ birth on Christmas morning.

Sydney - October 30, 2016 - 9:49 pm

My mom and I love to plan the menus and cook together. I love opening stockings and getting to see my family more than usual. I love Christmas Eve at my mom’s house opening presents. I love napping with the Christmas tree lights on! So sweet.

Laura - October 30, 2016 - 9:49 pm

Our family started our own tradition of making a homemade advent wreath. Every evening at dinner, we light our wreath and enjoy our meal by candlelight. After dinner, our girls take turns blowing out the candles and usually we bribe them by saying “whoever eats more veggies gets to blow out the candle tonight”. Works like a charm ??.

Laurie S - October 30, 2016 - 9:48 pm

Christmas Day breakfast. Belgian waffles and fruit and whipped cream and all the bacon…all. the. bacon. ? Morning is spent in PJ’s opening presents and stockings and sipping coffee watching the girls squeal with glee at their gifts from Santa.

Kristyn Peterson - October 30, 2016 - 9:47 pm

We put our girls pajamas on and drive around looking at Christmas lights with Christmas music playing.

Laura Hammer - October 30, 2016 - 9:44 pm

One of santa’s elves brings a new set of Christmas jammies every year on Christmas Eve when the girls are taking a bath. He usually leaves a note and tells the girls to hurry to bed. I love how they get so excited and sweet they are.

Abby - October 30, 2016 - 9:41 pm

Decorating sugar cookies at my Grandma’s house. She bakes cookies for 2 days then we all show up to a table covered with homemade icing and a bazillion little sugar crystals and sprinkles to top them with. Now she’s a great grandma to our kids (GG) and the tradition continues. One of the days my kiddos and their cousins most look forward to at Christmastime!!

Erika Fouch - October 30, 2016 - 9:36 pm

Every Christmas Eve morning the kids and my husband and I make some treats(cookies, Carmel popcorn, Chex mix) and package it up and walk to all of our neighbors to deliver our gifts! The kids make cards and slat dough ornaments for them too! All of the neighbors love to see them and it’s become a really sweet tradition!!! Love the holidays!!!

Mindi - October 30, 2016 - 9:30 pm

Since I was little, during the Christmas season I loved baking Kiffles with my grandmother. We baked dozens upon dozens and would deliver them to all of our relatives. We would spend days on the cookies and always had the best time. Up until she passed away we continued to bake them every year, the last few years with my own daughter helping. Now that she is gone, I’ve taken the lead on the Kiffle baking and my sisters and their children join me. We continue to makes lots of cookies and deliver them to relatives and her sisters (ages 97 and 92) are so glad to see us keeping her memory alive with our own families. As I’m typing this, I see that it’s not really about the cookies as much as it’s about family and love!

Melissa - October 30, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Reading the Christmas story from the Bible with my family.

Carla Salisbury - October 30, 2016 - 9:27 pm

Our favorite thing is probably decorating the tree together. The magic in our daughters eyes begins then.

Stacey Carey - October 30, 2016 - 9:27 pm

We visit my parents in Pennsylvania. Grandpa (my dad) helps the grandkids roast marshmallows over the fire, and generally no other plans are made other than spending time together ❤️

Misty Richmond - October 30, 2016 - 9:26 pm

We started a new tradition of going to our favorite outdoor mall and taking a carriage ride. My daughter loves it and so do we.

Emily C. - October 30, 2016 - 9:25 pm

I continued a tradition that my mom did with me and my sisters growing up. Every Christmas Eve we give our children new Christmas pajamas.

Connie Watts - October 30, 2016 - 9:21 pm

We love to decorate the tree together, watch Christmas movies, riding around and looking at lights, and celebrating the birth of Jesus!!!

Heather - October 30, 2016 - 9:20 pm

We spend an entire day baking cookies with all the generations of our family; great-grandma, grandma, me and my kiddos! We all have dinner together and take home our own share of treats!

Kirsten - October 30, 2016 - 9:20 pm

I love all the togetherness of December. We spend so much quality time as a family. We decorate the tree, talking about each ornament. Build Gingerbread houses at their school. Watch Christmas movies and eat popcorn. Pick out gifts for the Angel Tree. My favorite is Christmas Eve Mass.

Sarah Ford - October 30, 2016 - 9:19 pm

We love attending our church’s Christmas eve service then having the kids open 1 present, usually jammies and snacks. We always have cinnamon buns on Christmas morning and open presents slowly enjoying each one!

Krystal Machado - October 30, 2016 - 9:12 pm

Our FAVORITE holiday tradition was started by my aunt— it’s her version of a Yankee swap –she brings many gifts wrapped up that she collects over the years and many of them are quite funny (weird santa decor left over from the previous year, scented socks, sometime scratch tickets hidden in something hideous). This brings great laughter and the family together and often overshadows other gift giving…. we also hand Xmas gifts out 1 at a time for gift opening and watch each person open their gift (this is a big Italian family too– my mom is one of 5 and they are married with kids who have significant others and children or children on the way… plus dogs, they are included too!! It was always a great laugh when my great aunt would buy everyone the same thing and we’d open them up one at a time …thank you for the opportunity to reflect!!!

Jill Hoos - October 30, 2016 - 9:11 pm

Our first tradition is always to head to the tree farm, and then decorate in matching pjs (kids only ;)) while watching polar express and drinking hot chocolate. I love this time of year!

Joan Wheeler - October 30, 2016 - 9:09 pm

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is singing Happy Birthday to Jesus in front of the Crèche on Christmas morning!

ME - October 30, 2016 - 9:07 pm

We’ve always gone to a Christmas eve service and then had a birthday cake for Jesus the next day 🙂

Melissa C - October 30, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Thanksgiving weekend we go to a local tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree

Courtney - October 30, 2016 - 9:06 pm

We always bake cookies for Santa and make reindeer food!! Another tradition I just started last year was making care packages for the elderly at a local nursing home. They loved seeing my little girls come in with goodies. Just spreading a little cheer while also teaching my kids about giving!

Sarah H - October 30, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Having the kids choose stocking stuffer gifts for everyone else!

Annie - October 30, 2016 - 8:59 pm

We love taking a day to pick out and decorate a Christmas tree and finish the night watching White Christmas.

Morgan - October 30, 2016 - 8:58 pm

We absolutely love Christmas! Our kiddos love doing a daily advent calendar with crafts or outings counting down until the big day when all five kiddos spend the day in their matching jammies. Our youngest two will be old enough to join in the fun this year, cannot wait!!

Katie Robberson - October 30, 2016 - 8:57 pm

Getting up extra early to watch the sunrise on Christmas morning.

Emily keltner - October 30, 2016 - 8:55 pm

We love decorating the tree and wrapping gifts for children that are as fortunate…My kids love it knowing they are giving another kid a wonderful Christmas like us…?

Leah - October 30, 2016 - 8:53 pm

The candlelight Christmas Eve service at church. It’s at 11p and when the final “amen” is said, it’s Christmas morning!

Kate Sayre - October 30, 2016 - 8:52 pm

I could never pick a favorite tradition! We have so many, I just love Christmas!! I woukd have to say one of my favorites is our elf brings 24 wrapped Christmas books on the 1st and we open and read one each night until Christmas.

Jackie Haarmann - October 30, 2016 - 8:50 pm

I love decorating the Christmas tree with my family the Sunday after thanksgiving. I also love spending extra time with family and watching the children open gifts.

Colleen Hunt - October 30, 2016 - 8:49 pm

I love grabbing hot chocolate and going to pick out our live Christmas tree. It’s always a struggle to get it in the door at home, but it’s so fun to see the kids’ excitement. Not sure how we will keep the littlest away from the ornaments this year! She will adore it all though!

Angie Henderson - October 30, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Cutting out, baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my children and nieces!

Joyce Cable - October 30, 2016 - 8:44 pm

We always spend Christmas with family!! My absolute favorite tradition during the holidays!!

Dawn knute - October 30, 2016 - 8:44 pm

Decorating our tree and baking goodies to eat!

Shelley Bennett - October 30, 2016 - 8:43 pm

Eleven years ago on Christmas Eve we started our favorite Christmas tradition: celebrating our daughter’s birthday! She couldn’t wait to get here in 2005. I kept telling my husband that I couldn’t be in labor because I had too much to do. He just laughed and started up the car. Now we work hard to make sure everything is done on the 23rd so we can take all day on Christmas Eve to be together.

Mollie Blackburn - October 30, 2016 - 8:41 pm

My fave is going to my parents and making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. We always drink Boiled custard and watch for Santa on the radar with my Neices and Nephews.

Sarah rozak - October 30, 2016 - 8:39 pm

We put our tree up together the weekend after Halloween . We start trying to do a giving project each week after that until Christmas

Hallie - October 30, 2016 - 8:38 pm

The day after thanksgiving we take all the kids and go out and pick out a real tree. We then come home and put all the ornaments on it together!

Brooke Vaught - October 30, 2016 - 8:38 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is going to Christmas Eve services with my family. At the end of the service everyone lights a candle and sings silent night and a huge church is lit by candlelight singing beautifully. After this we eat dinner with my family and come home and the kids get to swap presents with each other. It just puts your heart in the right place for Christmas.

Amy m - October 30, 2016 - 8:37 pm

We each get to open one present on Christmas Eve and then all the rest on Christmas Day.

Kristyn - October 30, 2016 - 8:37 pm

We get a coffee and drive around looking at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas music.

Deanna - October 30, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Christmas Day breakfast has become our tradition. After we open up presents all the grandparents come over for breakfast along with some friends. We have even had the fire department here – they brought the potatoes!!

Ashley Saunders - October 30, 2016 - 8:35 pm

French toast breakfast on Christmas morning

Vanessa Morales - October 30, 2016 - 8:34 pm

We decorate the tree with the kids, so they can add their own special touch 🙂

Sara Lutz - October 30, 2016 - 8:34 pm

We love to open one present on Christmas Eve. We love sledding, driving around looking at Christmas light displays, singing carols, making gingerbread houses and just spending time together with loved ones!

DEANNA BARKER - October 30, 2016 - 8:31 pm

All the kids opening their matching pjs on Christmas Eve and watching Christmas specials.

Anna M Thornton - October 30, 2016 - 8:31 pm

We love making gingerbread houses!

Jess Depew - October 30, 2016 - 8:29 pm

The week before Christmas hubby and I pick a night (always a surprise) to leave new jammies and a golden ticket for the “Family Express” on our daughter’s pillow. We then load up in the car with hot chocolate and drive around to the best Christmas displays in town. It’s my daughter’s (and our) favorite tradition!

Sara - October 30, 2016 - 8:28 pm

We love putting up our Christmas tree together after Thanksgiving dinner.

Alicia Hook - October 30, 2016 - 8:25 pm

When I was a child, we always made cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and then put on candles and sang “happy birthday” to Jesus. Now as a mother, I do the same thing with my itty bitties☺️

Amber C - October 30, 2016 - 8:21 pm

My brother has a Christmas light decorating business, every year on Dec 22 we spend the night going to look at all the lights he has done all together in our PJs with our entire family of 16 and afterwards we have cocoa and cookies at our parents. It’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations.

Bianca - October 30, 2016 - 8:20 pm

decorating & changing our theme yearly. you know I need those stockings & tree skirt this year. I can NOT wait to see what else MJC has in store for Nov/Dec

Kelly DeVillier - October 30, 2016 - 8:16 pm

We have hot chocolate in really “fancy, breakable” mugs, lol. Always in our jammies with wet hair straight from the bath!

Jennifer - October 30, 2016 - 8:14 pm

We do a literary Advent countdown for which I wrap 24 different holiday-themed books and each night we open one and read it together as a family from December 1 until December 24. We started this tradition 18 years ago in our immediate family and as we “grew”, I added another stack age-appropriate for each child. We have recently been blessed with the birth of another healthy baby girl and will be starting this tradition with her as well! ❤️

LilCa T - October 30, 2016 - 8:12 pm

Our new tradition since my mom passed away in 2015, is unwrapping each ornament she individually wrapped and looking at the note about that ornament and adding our to it.

Sara Miller - October 30, 2016 - 8:11 pm

When Santa comes into Herald Square, it’s Christmas. We decorate after Thanksgiving dinner and start Christmas as soon as possible! One of our favorite traditions is Christmas Eve dinner between the children’s service and midnight mass. One year my grandmother burned dinner and served frozen taquitos from Costco. They are now on the table every single year alongside traditional food! Frozen taquitos and Yorkshire pudding? Must be Christmas!

Jenn lankford - October 30, 2016 - 8:09 pm

White elephant exchange and what was my Grandma’s house but now is my Aunts.:) Christmas cookie making with my girls. And Christmas carols 24/7 starting the day after thanksgiving:)

Kayla - October 30, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Our family enjoys going to the Christmas tree farm and picking out the perfect tree.

Annaliza R - October 30, 2016 - 7:57 pm

We make hot cocoa then drive around looking at Christmas lights.

Cherain - October 30, 2016 - 7:54 pm

My favorite tradition aince childhood has been decorating the tree. Each year we would take out the ornaments and talk about where they came from. Now with my older children out of the house my two little girls, enjoy decorating especially when they get to their brothers ornament. All of our rememberance ornaments have pictures and aremy favorite.

Danielle BATSON - October 30, 2016 - 7:49 pm

I give my kids a box to open on Christmas Eve. It has all our favorite holiday movies in it along with hot chocolate makings and popcorn. There are also new Christmas Jammie’s inside the box. We all get in our pj’s and watch movies drinking our hot chocolate and eating our popcorn.

Abby Craig - October 30, 2016 - 7:48 pm

Our favorite tradition is visiting the Magic Tree. It’s a lonely little tree off off the interstate that an anonymous person covers with tens of thousands of lights. You can pull off and park and take pictures and just stare at it, it’s mesmerizing! They recently started accepting food donations there so it’s a way to do something generous while still taking in the magic of the season. My kids’ favorite holiday outing!

Cheryl - October 30, 2016 - 7:48 pm

Years ago, we started a tradition of Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve. With all the other elaborate things surrounding Christmas, this has been a fun tradition that eliminates a little bit of stress and allows us to get to church feeling peaceful rather than frantic!

Jen Rudd - October 30, 2016 - 7:46 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is putting up out Christmas tree as a family. We look and reminense on past memories and family vacations with our special ornaments.

Erin - October 30, 2016 - 7:45 pm

We make and frost sugar cookies! My girls love it!

Casey Gardner - October 30, 2016 - 7:42 pm

We love going to look at all the Christmas lights on Christmas Eve night after attending our Christmas church service.

Julie - October 30, 2016 - 7:41 pm

My girls and I bake goodies every weekend, do family crafts and spend as much time as possible curled under blankets watching movies. I only have them little for a blink of the eye that I try to create memories that I will remember and that they will carry with them to their eventual families ❤️️

Mary E - October 30, 2016 - 7:39 pm

Volunteer at church for Christmas Eve services and then snuggle with the family.

Jamie - October 30, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Our family goes Christmas caroling with 4 generations. We end up having about 80 people caroling across all four generations.

Toni Arnold - October 30, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Our favorite tradition is going ice skating together. We don’t get around to it very often with our busy schedules so we make sure we do it around Christmas. With 4 kids, it’s a hoot!

Candice Allen - October 30, 2016 - 7:35 pm

This our first Christmas with our baby girl. She will be 11 months. So this year will our year of “firsts”. Can’t wait to start traditions that will become stories!

Rachel Lorentz - October 30, 2016 - 7:35 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is heading to the Christmas tree farm and picking out the perfect tree for our family!

Elizabeth smith - October 30, 2016 - 7:31 pm

Making Christmas cookies for all our neighbors!

Marianne Pace - October 30, 2016 - 7:16 pm

We take the kids every year to pick out a new ornament for our tree. They each pick one out and it is so fun to go through the ornaments each year and remember who picked out what. When they move out or get married, we’ll send them with all the ornaments they have picked out over the years.

Kim - October 30, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Everything we do on Christmas Eve are my favorite traditions! Making Christmas cookies, Christmas Eve mass, new pajamas, Charlie Brown Christmas and driving around looking at lights and reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Faith moorhouse - October 30, 2016 - 7:14 pm

We love to watch White Christmas together!

Kristen Davis - October 30, 2016 - 7:12 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas Tree Campout. The night we put up our tree, we haul our mattresses to the living room, watch a Christmas movie (with popcorn and hot cocoa of course), and fall asleep next to the softly glowing tree. ?

Shannon Hunt - October 30, 2016 - 7:08 pm

We have many traditions but I’d say one new favorite is we try to do a good deed every day during advent. I make a calendar and put things like “write a note to your teacher” “visit our neighbor” or “candy cane a parking lot.” I got the idea from a friend and have seen this idea out there a lot. It has changed my kids outlook on advent-focus on giving!

Molly Billingsley - October 30, 2016 - 7:08 pm

Our favorite is decorating the tree. After we get it all decorated, we snuggle up in our Christmas pj’s and watch classic Christmas movies. It’s our favorite time of the year. This year my little lady will snuggle up in her Matilda Jane Pajamas. ?

Megan Black - October 30, 2016 - 7:08 pm

My favorite holiday tradition has always been making Christmas cookies with my grandma, mom, and sisters. Now that I’m a mom I love sharing this tradition with my daughter as well. Getting to spend quality time with these amazing women makes the holidays even more meaningful. Eating the cookies when we’re done is pretty nice too!! 😉

Anna - October 30, 2016 - 7:08 pm

We love taking our kids (now ages 4-9) to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. It is a great way to kick-off the holiday season!

Jackie Curtsinger - October 30, 2016 - 7:07 pm

Our Elf, Watcha Fred, is one of the most fun traditions as he says hi in November to introduce the holidays and brings magic all season long!

Lauren Dodd - October 30, 2016 - 7:05 pm

We bake a birthday cake for Jesus & sing Happy Birthday at Christmas lunch. Started doing this with my oldest & love the tradition!

Jessica Boling - October 30, 2016 - 7:03 pm

We go see the Christmas lights in our hometown as a family and decorate Christmas cookies to share.

Mollee - October 30, 2016 - 7:02 pm

We love driving around looking at Christmas lights.

Jennifer Criss - October 30, 2016 - 7:01 pm

Decorating the Christmas tree with my family every year and visiting Leavenworth, WA. The town is beautifully decorated with lights, sledding for kids and lots of shopping! We have so much fun!

Lacey Burd - October 30, 2016 - 6:57 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is our annual Cookie Exchange Party. Everyone bakes a dozen cookies for each person to take home. We also do a super fun white elephant gift exchange. It’s always so much fun! You go home with dozens of yummy cookies and a really fun gift along with a lifetime of memories 🙂

Heather Thomason - October 30, 2016 - 6:56 pm

I love decorating Christmas cookies for Santa with all of my kids friends ?

Ginny Williamson - October 30, 2016 - 6:56 pm

My favorite Christmas Eve tradition is going to church, watching Miracle on 34 street, and making cookies for santa during the movie!

Sarah Anderson - October 30, 2016 - 6:55 pm

Christmas Eve tradition is my favorite! Church service, drive around looking at lights, open their gift from the elf and get to play with him before he heads back to the North Pole with Santa. Such a magical evening for our family, beginning with the real reason to celebrate Christmas.

Kelly Thomas - October 30, 2016 - 6:51 pm

Decorating the tree, Christmas lights, hot chocolate, and so much more! I love Christmas.

Michelle - October 30, 2016 - 6:50 pm

We go to Christmas Eve Mass as a family!

Heather Schoen - October 30, 2016 - 6:48 pm

After we decorate the tree, we put a basket under it with new pajamas, a Christmas movie, and supplies to make cookies. Then we spend the evening cuddled up in front of a fire!

Kailee wollenmann - October 30, 2016 - 6:46 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition used to be breakfast with my grandma on Christmas morning, followed by making chicken and dumplings for lunch. Sady, my grandmother passed away last fall so I’m hoping my daughter and I can pick up the tradition this year and do dumplings justice!

Stacie Petta - October 30, 2016 - 6:46 pm

There are so many traditions that I love doing with my two girls ages 7 & 10! Christmas just brings warmth into the house (or maybe it’s my 12 trees I put up!) I love baking cookies with my girls…a family recipe Sour Cream Cutout Cookies! I also love getting ready for Santa…magic key, food for the deer outside, cookies & milk, and ready The Night Before Christmas

Jess coblentz - October 30, 2016 - 6:44 pm

We visit NYC to see the Christmas decorations together!!

Julie Ulander - October 30, 2016 - 6:44 pm

We look forward to Christmas Eve Service and dinner with our family!!

Katherine Smit - October 30, 2016 - 6:42 pm

My favorite thing is we put together Christmas Eve boxes for our children to open that contains a new movie, a new pair of pajamas, a special treat, a bag of popcorn and some hot cocoa mix. They love it and it gives us magical family time together! Merry Christmas

Brianna Mosier - October 30, 2016 - 6:41 pm

My favorite holiday tradition is cranking up the Christmas music and decorating the teee…even if it is a few days before thanksgiving 😉

Jennifer Prichard - October 30, 2016 - 6:40 pm

My late, maternal grandmother loved crinkle cookies. She passed away from breast cancer 7 days before my first birthday. Each year, my family gets together and makes her famous crinkle cookies. It’s our little way of keeping her spirit with us each Christmas. She has been gone 33 years now. In memory of Eunice

Athalea Bradley - October 30, 2016 - 6:40 pm

Every Christmas Eve we go see the same production of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, followed by Thai food. It’s one of my favorite nights of the whole year.

Deborah - October 30, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Pre-church family photos on Christmas Eve. It is something my parents always did when I was little and now that I have three children, I understand why. They are dressed up and excited, the pictures have to be taken quickly as we are always rushing out the door & so there isn’t time for them to lose patience. Standing in front of the lit up tree for just a moment captures simultaneously the excitement of the season and the sense that we are still waiting (as we have all advent) for the joy that is so close we can almost feel it. Those hastily taken photos are always some of the best!!

Marcy Schneider Hoffman - October 30, 2016 - 6:37 pm

We have many traditions, but decorating the tree is probably MY favorite! Each ornament has its own memory attached to it, so when it is taken from its package, it gives us a chance to reminisce on where we were when that particular ornament was purchased. Making the Christmas cookies would be MY CHILDREN’S favorite tradition, for obvious reasons. Yum!

Nadia A - October 30, 2016 - 6:36 pm

We love to go to Grove Park Inn in Asheville and see the gingerbread houses they put up for competition every year. We also love spending time with cousins and family just being together!

Angelique - October 30, 2016 - 6:36 pm

On the first sight of snow, Mom always makes cookies and ships out a ‘snow package’ which is always exciting for the kids and rings the season in!

Beth Krebsbach - October 30, 2016 - 6:33 pm

We go to church on Christmas Eve and then look at Christmas lights afterward, followed by gift opening when we get home. One of my favorite times of the year!

Jessica Trax - October 30, 2016 - 6:25 pm

The night that we first decorate our tree we get our new Christmas pjs and book. That night we watch a Christmas movie and have a sleepover by the tree:)

Kelly Karmine - October 30, 2016 - 6:20 pm

We love to decorate our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving and put lights on the house. All December long we watch our favorite Christmas movies. Christmas is our favorite time of year!

Lindsay Peters - October 30, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Our favorite tradition is putting out reindeer food and reading The Night Before Christmas before bed.

Kira H - October 30, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Our favorite tradition is shooting fireworks off on Christmas night!

Lisa Valenti - October 30, 2016 - 6:14 pm

Baking all the traditional Italian cookies, then eating them!!

Kim Richardson - October 30, 2016 - 6:13 pm

Just being together as a family and enjoying the holidays with our grandchildren. Also have a baking day with my daughters baking our favorite Christmas sweets and putting together decorative trays to pass out to friends.

Kimberly E - October 30, 2016 - 6:12 pm

We have a Happy Birthday, Jesus breakfast party every Christmas Eve. Both sides of the family come to our house. It’s a great time to get together and remember why w celebrate!

LeAnna Hill - October 30, 2016 - 6:12 pm

The adults stay up really late on Christmas Eve playing games and putting together toys from SANTA and then get up early and have a huge breakfast and watch kids play, all under one roof. Greats, grands, parents and kids! A 4 generation sleepover!! ?

Carol Deutsch - October 30, 2016 - 6:10 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is driving around looking at Christmas lights and drinking hot chocolate. Also the laughter and love involved in creating the Christmas dinner in the kitchen.

Michelle Gresham - October 30, 2016 - 6:10 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition would the Christmas children’s mass and then dinner at the Chinese buffet. My little girl loves watching Baby Jesus being laid in the manger and singing all the Christmas hymns. She always looks beautiful, too, in her Christmas Platinum! ❤️?

Suz Brown - October 30, 2016 - 6:09 pm

Being together baking on Christmas Eve day then going to church Christmas Eve night!

Kim - October 30, 2016 - 6:07 pm

My favorite tradition is the gingerbread house decorating party my mom throws every year on the day after Thanksgiving. She started it over 20 years ago when we were kids, and now we still love it! It’s fun to share it with my children now, too!

Polly Johnson - October 30, 2016 - 6:02 pm

I only get to see my grandsons a few times a year so Christmas is special! We bake cookies and have special hot coco! What great memories I get to make with my grand daughter and grandsons! ❤️❤️

Shana Atkinson - October 30, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Ever since I was little we celebrated Christmas Eve with my family and my aunts would take us riding around to see all the neighborhood lights while all the presents were put out ❤️

Audra Goolsby - October 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The holidays is my favorite time of the year with my family. As they are getting older and actually remembering the “traditions” from year to year, our favorite is making the holiday treats together in our extended family goody making night!

Jessica Ratliff - October 30, 2016 - 5:59 pm

We watch Christmas movies and read a book as a countdown to Christmas!?

Brittany harper - October 30, 2016 - 5:59 pm

As a child my mom and I would sit on the couch for hours at night and watch classic cartoon Christmas movies like the year without a Santa Claus. Even as a teenager we would still watch Christmas movies together but we enjoyed the hallmark channel then. I can’t wait to watch the same shows with my little girl and boy this year.. Also, I think we may have started a new tradition. My little girl is 2 and any time I get out the mixer to bake something she wants to make pumpkin rolls. A few weeks ago she got to help make her first one since her roll of an only child ended in July she has been acting out for attention and I thought it would be something fun for just her and I to do together. I see this becoming a great family tradition for us around the holiday!?

Angela Dettmering - October 30, 2016 - 5:59 pm

We spend Christmas Eve with my in laws and all the grandchildren wear their Christmas pjs and sing carols until Santa makes a quick appearance to read them a book and hurry them to bed so he can leave presents. The kids love it! And always try to catch him leaving in the sleigh

Tricia Bailey - October 30, 2016 - 5:57 pm

We donate toys to be distributed to children who are in need ❤

Katy Hills - October 30, 2016 - 5:56 pm

Our favorite tradition is matching family pjs on Christmas Eve and our special Christmas Eve box filled with cocoa, Christmas books, and other fun treats for the family!

Amy F - October 30, 2016 - 5:56 pm

We each paint a ceramic ornament to hang on the tree.

Shelby B - October 30, 2016 - 5:56 pm

There are SO many things I LOVE about Christmas, but my favorite traditions are matching pjs for the kids and walking to the life size nativity outside of a local hospital.

Kristen - October 30, 2016 - 5:54 pm

We celebrate Christmas Eve with big extended family, and Santa comes with a gift in his bag for every child. Santa leads everyone in singing Jingle Bells before he leaves. I remember it as a child, and now I get to watch my daughter experience the magic. ❤️

Andrea Fouce - October 30, 2016 - 5:54 pm

We play games on Christmas eve and make our favorite snack foods. We make and decorate sugar cookies to leave for Santa and then we open our stockings. It is always such a fun day filled with laughter!

Amanda England - October 30, 2016 - 5:52 pm

We spend Christmas with family eating breakfast.

Kalani Clark - October 30, 2016 - 5:51 pm

We make homemade Chinese food on Christmas Eve and give each other holiday pajamas to wear. I can’t wait! I love this time of year.

Sarah M - October 30, 2016 - 5:50 pm

I love everything about Christmas! But one tradition we have is my daughter picking a new ornament every year. It’s something my mom did with my sister and I, and we used to love to hang them and find every year as we decorated the tree.

Lindsay Schrage - October 30, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Decorating our Christmas tree. We turn the fire on, music up and decorate! I love watching the excitement in my girls.

Jen - October 30, 2016 - 5:50 pm

Decorating the Christmas tree and unwrapping all of our ornaments – lots of memories!

Traci Walker - October 30, 2016 - 5:49 pm

My favorite tradition is one I resisted at first (it came from my husband’s side), but I have grown to love it. We open family gifts on Christmas Eve, then Santa gifts on Christmas morning. It gives the kids a chance to really notice and enjoy the special things their siblings picked out or made for them, without the distraction of a big avalanche of Santa gifts. It is fun seeing them all thank each other sincerely, then play (and often sleep) with these special gifts.

Kristin Howard - October 30, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Our favourite Christmas tradition is taking a horse drawn sleigh ride around our local park to see the light display. We always sip hot chocolate while waiting our turn. Everyone has a fun time and we sing Christmas carols on the sleigh.

Stacey Hill - October 30, 2016 - 5:48 pm

My favorite tradition, now that I am older, is shopping for families that need a little help to make Christmas magic happen. And, of course, the lights!!!

Krista Linn - October 30, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Ever since I can remember, we wake up on Christmas morning and go over to my grandma’s house and my grandma and grandpa have a huge breakfast ready for my entire extended family. Eggs, French toast, tons of pastries—it’s simply the best.

Margo Scoggins - October 30, 2016 - 5:47 pm

I had a lot of the Christmas traditions most people did growing up & I have incorporated these for my children to enjoy! But, a new tradition we started a few years ago are to pack shoe boxes for “Operation Christmas Child” through Samaritan’s purse. These boxes are filled with school supplies, toiletry items, toys, etc. & go to children in underprivileged countries where they don’t have necessities. Most of these children have never received a toy & they also get to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ! My daughter has enjoyed this so much that she decided last year she wanted her 7th birthday party to be a packing party for this ministry & asked her friends to bring a small toy or money to ship the boxes in lieu of bringing her a present. It was a huge success & she is doing this again for her 8th birthday party in a few weeks! ❤️

Lisa wehrli - October 30, 2016 - 5:47 pm

On Christmas Eve we all open one present under the tree. It’s always new Jammies! Then we all load up in the car and go look at Christmas lights. When we get back home we watch a Christmas movie and put cookies out for santa.

Amy Magallanes - October 30, 2016 - 5:45 pm

We always have a Christmas Eve party with extended family and a cozy Christmas morning at home with just the 5 of us!

Angie Carmichael - October 30, 2016 - 5:44 pm

We let all four children pick out their very own Christmas ornament every year. We label it as to what the year is so when they grow up and buy their first home with their own family they will get all of their very own ornaments to start their decorating. The kids look forward to this every year buying their yearly tradition ornament.

Stephanie - October 30, 2016 - 5:42 pm

Watching “Home Alone” while decorating the house & wrapping gifts.

Amber - October 30, 2016 - 5:42 pm

We like to do the polar express and go look at Christmas lights w hot cocoa!!

Melissa mercado - October 30, 2016 - 5:41 pm

We have breakfast at my moms house then off to a family day

Jen L. - October 30, 2016 - 5:41 pm

One night near Christmas, we have the kids go to bed like normal, and then we surprise them and wake them up about a half hour later. We all get in our car with hot cocoa and cookies and drive around to look at Christmas lights. It’s magical!!

Caitlin clenney - October 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

We all dress up in our Christmas gear and head to my mothers house. We drink hot chocolate, eat till we are ready to pop, then watch Christmas vacation and laugh ourselves silly!

Kolbi Knight - October 30, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Some of my favorite memories growing up are our Christmas Eve nights when my two sisters and I would all pile into one bed and sleep together (or giggle all night) waiting for Santa to arrive!!! This is a tradition that I have continued on with my children as well! We LOVE the Christmas season! ❤️

Katie Gust - October 30, 2016 - 5:39 pm

We go look at lights in our PJs, we do 3 gifts for the 3 wise men, we make cookies together, give to others and do the advent calendar together. Love this time of the year for the reason of the season!!

Mandy Gay - October 30, 2016 - 5:39 pm

Going to Opryland hotel and looking at the Christmas lights and decorations.

Stephanie Suits - October 30, 2016 - 5:39 pm

i always give my kids something under the tree that is bathroom or pajama related, like bath colors, house shoes, or MJC pajamas and a robe!

Jennie Marmol - October 30, 2016 - 5:38 pm

My favorite Christmas tradition is the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at our church. We’ve attended since I was a baby and I love introducing my daughter to it.

Betsy Bunker - October 30, 2016 - 5:37 pm

My favorite tradition is dressing everyone up and going to church on Christmas Eve, followed by dinner at Grandma’s house. We eat way too many cookies, and the kids all get to open one gift. Then one of the children reads the nativity story from the Bible.

Ida - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

I love taking my niece to the Nutcracker. My sisters, my daughter and my niece have been attending since she was 2 years old, she is now 10! Afterwards we go to dinner and have a time of reflection on the season! Such a special time!

Cindi Talluto - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

Decorating gingerbread houses was always a favorite of mine when I was young, and now my children look forward to it every year as well!

Jill A - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

Spending Christmas morning with my entire family opening gifts together! I just love how happy everyone is ?

Randi - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

Before my dad passed away 8 years ago, I would sit in his lap every Christmas Eve (even as a young adult) and he would read The Night Before Christmas.

Laura - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

We love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas together. Then, while the kids are asleep, I watch Hallmark Christmas movies and wrap gifts!

Christina - October 30, 2016 - 5:36 pm

Our favorite traditions lately have involved Christina Marie Pop-In-Kins, our Elf on a Shelf! Our oldest daughter (6) talks about her all year long and we have the most fun finding her each morning between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Looking forward to the new line!! 🙂

Erin L - October 30, 2016 - 5:35 pm

We drive to see a huge lights display, having dinner on the way then drive back. It’s a 6-7 hour round trip. Love having everyone together and the kids look forward to it

Leah Dercks - October 30, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Every year we look forward to making Christmas candy and watch Christmas movies!!

Kelli P - October 30, 2016 - 5:33 pm

Decorating gingerbread house and putting up the Christmas tree.

Jessica - October 30, 2016 - 5:32 pm

Making homemade sugar cookies for Santa and decorating them with lots of fun sprinkles!

Mary - October 30, 2016 - 5:31 pm

My favorite family tradition is watching ELF in our Christmas pajamas and we also love to drive the neighborhood to look at the lights. ?

Gwynne Friters - October 30, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Our favorite tradition is to invite our friends and neighbors to our home on Christmas Eve. We sing, enjoy holiday treats, cider and egg nog, and my husband reads the Night Before Christmas to all the children. I wrap a little gift for each child in a tiny stocking that they get to bring home with them, as a pre-Christmas surprise. It’s a really fun way to enjoy the holiday with friends, family, and neighbors.

Megan wesle - October 30, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Last year, we spent Christmas in the NICU two hours from home. It was amazing to see how many families give back to others and how many people brought cards. I realized last year how important it was that families continue to give back to other families in that same situation. Beginning this year, I will be beginning that tradition of giving back to the hospital at Christmas in hopes of bringing just an ounce of sunshine to families struggling.

Megan Razcon - October 30, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Going to the Christmas Tree farm to get our tree. They have a petting zoo and pony rides. My girls love it.

Jessie Cox - October 30, 2016 - 5:29 pm

A day of holiday baking with my two daughters and my mom, grandma, sister, aunts, and cousins. 🙂

Carole - October 30, 2016 - 5:29 pm

We go every year and pick out our favorite tree, and then we decorate ☃

Angela Sluss - October 30, 2016 - 5:27 pm

We give toys to children as a family. It helps to keep things in perspective.

Gina V - October 30, 2016 - 5:27 pm

Every Christmas, before we eat our big feast, we take turns telling everyone what we are thankful for.

Judy Liaw - October 30, 2016 - 5:27 pm

On Christmas morning, we unwrap baby Jesus in a gift box and put Him in the manger before we open all the other presents.

Jenna McKinney - October 30, 2016 - 5:26 pm

My favorite memories are sitting on the couch with hot chocolate, watching Christmas movies with my kids

Ashley Kesner - October 30, 2016 - 5:26 pm

We love to make and decorate sugar cookies to leave for Santa! We also have The Polar Express on repeat during the season!!

Lacey - October 30, 2016 - 5:26 pm

Every year since I was a little girl my family would decorate sugar cookies. On Christmas Eve, my brother and I would pick out our favorites to leave for Santa. It was and continues to be my favorite Christmas tradition! It is now an even more special tradition because we get to share it with my daughter, niece and nephew! Love family traditions!

Jennifer - October 30, 2016 - 5:26 pm

I love going to my Mom’s for Christmas Eve. She loves Christmas, makes a big dinner and a birthday cake for Jesus. The older I get, the more I appreciate her and how she’s given us wonderful traditions.

PS. Love the sleeping bags; great idea!

Stephanie Page - October 30, 2016 - 5:25 pm

Candy day with my best friends. Church with my family thanking Jesus for the reason for the season.

Jennifer S - October 30, 2016 - 5:25 pm

After we open our presents, our neighbors and their kiddos come over. We drink coffee, admire everyone’s gifts, share brunch, and enjoy Christmas morning together 🙂

Jessica M - October 30, 2016 - 5:25 pm

Our North Pole Breakfast! Our littles LOVE it and look forward to it every year. And with a new little one on the way, I can’t wait to continue this tradition for years to come!

Randi - October 30, 2016 - 5:24 pm

We open up our Christmas PJs and get ready for Santa. We prepare cookies, milk and some goodies for his reindeer. ?

Lisa Coffer - October 30, 2016 - 5:24 pm

We go to Branson, MO every year to kick off the holiday season! Christmas is my favorite time of the year!!!!

Danielle Basic - October 30, 2016 - 5:24 pm

I love sharing my birthday with Christmas Eve – we allways have birthday cake for me and Jesus. And now I love enjoying my daughter’s reaction to the season even if it is screaming on Santa lol

Melissa - October 30, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Decorating the Christmas tree! ??

Stephanie Calhoun - October 30, 2016 - 5:23 pm

Our family’s deal was that we could always open one present on Christmas Eve, BUT Mom got to pick the present… it was always new pajamas to look cute in Christmas morning pictures!

Magen - October 30, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Making homemade cookies with the girls for Santa and then going to look at Christmas lights before bed!

Libby Clark - October 30, 2016 - 5:21 pm

Lighting our advent wreath every night at dinner while singing “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”.

Brenda Bell - October 30, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I take my girls over to my parents house, to bake and decorate Christmas cookies with my mom. I still remember doing it when I was little and love that I can share with them!!!

Amy - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

I love making and decorating sugar cookies with my girls!

Tara - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

We always do Christmas with my parents on Christmas Eve, then home for sleep and santa presents in Christmas morning! So excited for the holiday season with my little one this year!

Abbey bridges - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

Riding and looking at Christmas lights

Lashlee - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

Having family dinner on Christmas Eve and then driving through town after looking at Christmas lights!!!

Randi Landry - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

We love decorating the Christmas tree because we choose a different theme every year so it is always different. We make hot cocoa, snowman pancakes and put on Christmas shows while we decorate the tree in our jammies. I used to do this with my parents and I have carried that on with my children. Very special times.

Lindsay - October 30, 2016 - 5:19 pm

There is nothing better than a beautiful candlelit Christmas Eve church service, followed by hours of wrapping those last minute presents and waking up to delicious homemade egg & bagel sandwiches, mimosas and family! That absolute best time of the year! ❤️

Melissa - October 30, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Making Christmas cookies is a favorite tradition. We have several kinds only made for the Christmas holiday 🙂

Jordana DiMino - October 30, 2016 - 5:18 pm

Putting up the tree the day after thanksgiving!! The whole holiday season is just filled with fun little traditions leading up to Christmas. Family is the reason for the season!!

Tiffany Walraven - October 30, 2016 - 5:18 pm

We LOVE to spend time together with family. We enjoy the Christmas story all month long about the birth of Jesus. On a Christmas Eve, we bake cookies, have matching pj’s and lots of fun together.

Amy Brooks - October 30, 2016 - 5:18 pm

We put up the tree together and then read the Christmas story from the Bible as we drink hot chocolate.

Laura Stutzman - October 30, 2016 - 5:18 pm

We like to look at the huge display of Christmas lights in our local park then come home and watch Christmas movies.

Michelle Sweetser - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Togetherness would be my overall answer. We have so many special traditions. I’m very excited to put up our tree after Thanksgiving followed by our North Pole Breakfast put on by our Scout Elves

Cheri Hanson - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

We have lots of holiday traditions, but my favorite is the day after Thanksgiving, when we crank up the Christmas carols, decorate the tree, bake and decorate Christmas cookies, and most importantly, make lefse! A traditional Norwegian food (sort of a potato flatbread), lefse is a labor-intensive ritual that takes lots of people to flow smoothly, but it is well worth it! I remember first making it with my grandma, who taught my mom. My sister and I used to make it with my mom growing up (my dad was the lefse taster), and now I love passing the tradition on to my own children. All five of us, including my husband, have our jobs…but there is always room to include my mom or sister when they are in town. Can’t wait for this year!

Holly Long - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

I take my girls to see the Nutcracker every year ❤️

Beth Register - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

We wrap 25 Christmas Books and the kids unwrap one each night before bed 😉 They LOVE this and I love snuggling up to my babies to read them a story!

Larissa Miller - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

My favorite heist as tradition is getting up in the middle of the night to open gifts. When we were little we would just wake up on our own from excitement, but as we got older my sister and I would either stay up until after midnight or set an alarm for really early (like 2am). We’d wake everyone up and open all our presents!

Carla Hurley - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

Baking cookies with my mom! I have since carried on the tradition with my own children.

Adria - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

“Noche Buena” at my family’s house with a traditional Cuban meal!

Ayn Anderson - October 30, 2016 - 5:17 pm

We always do our Christmas decorating on thanksgiving right after dinner. On Christmas Eve all of the kids get to open one gift which is a pair of pjs, Christmas movies, and hot cocoa. Then we Skype with out of town family to open their presents before we have a holiday movie and hot cocoa night in our Christmas pjs!!

Nikki Shankster - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Our holiday season is full of Nutcracker cheer. Our daughter dances and will be performing in her 8th year of the Nutcracker. Always looking for something pretty to wear for the performances!

April Bocox - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

My husband and I go to Hallmark every year before Christmas season really gets going. We each buy each other a hallmark ornament. We check out separately, so we don’t know which one we get each other. Then on Christmas Eve we unwrap our gift and hang them on our tree. 🙂

Dee - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

We go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve and by the time we return home Santa has paid us a visit?

Katie Harrison - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Oh my goodness, there are sooooo many favorites but one thing I love is eating breakfast on Christmas Eve morning (Christmas until we we were all grown up with children of our own) at my parents house. It’s not Christmas until you have eaten sausage balls 🙂

Selena Ballou - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

My girls and I go to see the Cincinnati Ballet performance of The Nutcracker on opening night every year. We all three love getting the holiday season kicked off that way!

Sarah wark - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Going to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and spending time at the hotel with the princess and Santa claus!

Cil Guerrero - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

The elves bring pajamas on the 24th for the kids to wear Christmas morning!

Kelly H. - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Christmas Eve Mass and then Chinese Dinner with family, open one gift and off to bed.

Becca Payne - October 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Putting up the tree while we watch Christmas movies!

Alyson Weaver - October 30, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Going to the tree farm to get our tree as a family and decorating it while listening to tunes from the nutcracker and drinking hot chocolate!!

Megan - October 30, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Having breakfast with Santa and riding the train at the IMA:)

Laura - October 30, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Hot cocoa and looking at Christmas lights!

Tandy Hubbard - October 30, 2016 - 5:14 pm

We host Christmas Eve brunch and my sister’s family that lives 8 hours away is always there!

Heather - October 30, 2016 - 5:14 pm

We go to a tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree every year. It is my absolute favorite tradition <3

Sandy Birdsong - October 30, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Teaching my granddaughter how to make homemade Christmas cookies & candy.
String popcorn for the tree & listening to Christmas music. ?

Lisa Learman - October 30, 2016 - 5:14 pm

Going to watch our community tree being lit is something we look forward to every year! Then we go home and watch our favorite Christmas movie to kick off the holiday season!

Kelley Syx - October 30, 2016 - 5:13 pm

My family loves to watch Christmas movies and put up the Christmas tree. This year should be even more interesting with 21month old helping decorate the tree..

Jaci Bellemare - October 30, 2016 - 5:13 pm

Matching Family Christmas pajamas, hot cocoa, and endless Christmas movies❤️

Haylea Jordan - October 30, 2016 - 5:13 pm

I love watching my girls decorate for Christmas. It is the beginning of a magical time every year!

Tanya Stegman - October 30, 2016 - 5:12 pm

On the 1st snow fall, we stay in & make homemade ice cream together.

Lisa Guerra - October 30, 2016 - 5:12 pm

We wear PJs, grab some cocoa and drive to look at Christmas lights. The kids love it!

Michelle - October 30, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Going to the Nutcracker every.single.year and Christmas music and hot chocolate by the fire on Christmas morning ???

Lauralee Hise - October 30, 2016 - 5:11 pm

We all go to church together Christmas Eve and then have a huge seafood feast(:

Tamara Patterson - October 30, 2016 - 5:10 pm

Our favorite holiday tradition is putting the Christmas tree up on November first! We love decorating together. Every year, our 3 kids get a new ornament that reflects their personality and/or likes to add to the tree. It’s a lot of fun to look back over how they change from year to year. When they have a home of their own as an adult, their ornaments will go with them so they can begin a new tradition of their own.

Jana Sweatmon - October 30, 2016 - 5:08 pm

We watch Christmas movies together and drink hot chocolate.