Merry Christmas! We decided that we wanted to make this Sunday Series a little special this week since it falls on Christmas Eve and share some of our favorite traditions. If you guys have any traditions to share with us, we would love to hear them!
Now that Emmy is getting older I am having the best time seeing Christmas through her eyes. The season is so magical and I want to capture all of these firsts for her and remember them for the rest of my life. I’ve been thinking a lot about the traditions I want to start with her and haven’t nailed it down quite yet (yes, I’m a little late). Last year for Emmy’s first Christmas we decided that we would buy her a new Christmas book every year and put a note in it for her. It would be the book we would read to her on Christmas Eve, and then by the time she is older she will have an entire collection. Next year I would love take a day and bake Christmas cookies together with her. And, I’m definitely going to start Sam’s tradition (below) next year! Merry Christmas, friends!
This year my family decided to start the tradition of doing the “Christmas Pickle” ornament. It’s basically where you place a pickle ornament on the tree the day before Christmas, and the first person in the family to find the pickle gets an extra gift. Or it’s said that you get a year of good fortune. I never really knew what the “Christmas Pickle” mean’t until my mom had told me about it this year. If you or your family have this tradition, or would just simply like to start it, I found a the pickle ornament and I will link it here. I hope your family finds this just as fun and special as we do this holiday.
The Christmas traditions I do with my family have changed over the years, but have brought about some of my greatest Christmas memories. When I was younger my two older brothers and I would stay up on Christmas Eve in our PJs and wait for midnight. At midnight, we were able to pick one present to open. The next morning we would open our remaining presents. Needless to say, we didn’t get much sleep because we were so excited to open the rest! It was really exciting trying to pick the best present. As time went on our Christmas tradition has taken a shift to doing all of our Christmas celebrations on Christmas Day. Every year my dad makes a ham, and it’s kind of a big deal because he lets us know about the ham for weeks ahead, even though we all know that there will be a ham on Christmas Day. Now that I’m “grown up” I’ve noticed I enjoy watching my family open their gifts more than I do opening my own. Our family has grown significantly, so Christmas is spent with my two older brothers, two younger sisters, four nephews, and niece. It’s always a full house at the Luna household, but we have so much fun spending time together!
Family is something that is extremely important to me. I live in Canyon, TX, both of my brothers and my sister-in-law live in Lubbock, TX, my sister and brother-in-law live in Nampa, ID, and my parents live in Edmond, OK. Since we are spread out everywhere, it makes getting together at the holidays that much sweeter. We have several traditions that we have done since I was a little girl and I would love to share those with you! Every year my siblings, parents, cousins, and aunt and uncle load all of our presents into the car and head to my grandma’s (who we call Doodah) house. Each Christmas Doodah makes her famous orange rolls and cinnamon rolls from scratch. After we eat breakfast we disperse our presents in our assigned spots that we have every year. We then take turns opening up one present at a time starting with the youngest, which is me (yay!). After we finish opening presents we all go to the kitchen and eat the delicious lunch that my grandma makes. We spend the entire day at Doodah’s house playing games, stuffing our faces with delicious food, and taking naps.