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Mikel commented on facebook: I’m starting a new tradition this year with Kevin. It’s called the 12 gifts of Christmas for your husband. I found it on Pinterest….day one you get him one thing. Something small and these don’t have to cost a lot of money. Day two…two things and so on. Like for the 12th day buy him a 12 pack of his fav drink or doughnuts! I’m thinking day two would be two tickets to a movie he wants to see.

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Sarah, who is expecting her seventh child writes: One that Jason and I started after we had a few kids, is that we put the kids to bed Christmas eve night, then we stay up late! Sometime between 12-3 early Christmas morning, we do our gifts from each other. It’s quiet, with no interruptions from the kids! Then, we usually stay up and watch movies together- and eat junk food ;)- for most of the rest of the night. We look forward to it every year!

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Lalanne writes: In early Dec., each piece of the nativity set that had been wrapped in tissue paper and stored away was brought out and the children chose the characters and unwrapped them one by one. It was such a tradition that, as older ones left for college, the only thing that was set out was the stableโ€”the nativity could not be completed until all the children came home. The final piece de resistance was always Baby Jesus, and the child who “found” and unwrapped Him was ecstatic. It became the norm for the older children to ignore the smallest figurine so the youngest child could “find” it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Carol writes: A new tradition is Christmas breakfast cooked by my married adult children who do not have Children yet I love it They also get to watch the younger siblings open presents

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Sandy writes: I have always hated how Thanksgiving gets overshadowed by the early Christmas push, so one year when Candice was little I decided to make a Thanksgiving tree. I drew a tree on poster board with lots of branches & no leaves, then hung it on the wall. Then I cut leaves out of construction paper in all the fall colors (orange, red, brown, yellow, etc.). Then throughout the month of November every time someone came by our house to visit, I’d have them write on at least one of the leaves something they were thankful for, and we’d put it on the tree. Our goals was to fill the tree with leaves. It helped to keep us mindful to be thankful, and not get so wrapped up in Christmas buying, etc.

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Martha said: Our family tradition for Thanksgiving is to gather around the table before we pray for our meal and everyone holds hands and each person gives a Thanksgiving praise from the year that’s about to end. And Christmas we always get up that morning get dressed and grab our coffee or hot chocolate and gather around the living room and Walter reads the Christmas story from the word of God. Then we open gifts. Even though our Kids are married we still get them for Christmas morning. So Thankful for that.

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On Christmas eve we eat dinner in front of the tree. It consists of “fun” foods like egg rolls, mini sandwiches, fruit etc. After we read the Christmas story from the Bible we choose some gifts from the World Vision catalog for people in foriegn countries that W.V sponsors. It helps us to focus on giving.

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From Amanda: My mom always gave us a new pair of pjs on Christmas Eve. Then we would pick out a Christmas movie, eat popcorn or we each got to pick out our favorite treat, and drink hot chocolate. On Christmas morning we would gather around the tree while my dad read the Christmas story and my mom would fix cinnamon rolls and again drink hot chocolate. Before we could open presents we had to exchange a present from each other. (Teaching giving is better then receiving) it was usually something we made or already had that my brother or sister wanted.

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From Samuel, a grown up homeschooler: Bless the food, eat, enjoy time with our almost 92 year old grandma, and call it a day. Maybe throw the tree up.

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Betty says: Thanksgiving is the one time of year that all my family gets together. Before we line up for our buffet, we stand around the table and each one says what they are thankful for. There are a lot of tears shed and it takes awhile, but it is the highlight of our day. We have been doing this for many years.

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