Christmas is right around the corner, so we thought we’d take a little trip down memory lane and share with you some of the Holiday traditions our team at Transformation Marketing in Lincoln, Nebraska has had over the years.
Growing up, we spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparent’s. After dinner my parents would take us for a walk around the neighborhood so that Grandma could do the dishes without us ‘under foot’. Much to everyone’s surprise, Santa Claus always arrived with our gifts while we were gone. We knew it was a fib, but it was one we enjoyed sharing.
Lacy Jo Donald:
I have a pretty large family, so growing up, we celebrated Christmas about 3 times every year. Christmas Eve night, we’d celebrate with my mother’s parents and go to Christmas Service with them. Christmas morning, we’d get up early and open the presents Santa had left under our tree. Then, because Santa was never sure whether to leave our presents at our house or my dad’s parents’ house, so when we got there later in the morning, there were always a second set of stockings for us. And because Santa always forgot those darn toothbrushes, he’d have to leave them at my aunt’s house for her to give to us later. (That silly Santa.) Now that I’m grown up and have my own family and my husband’s family as well, we now celebrate Christmas six times. For some, that may seem a little over the top, but for me, it’s a joy to get to spend that much time with loved ones over the holidays.
I feel like my Christmas tradition is one that a lot of people have: visit family on Christmas eve, go to church, and the following day, meet up again for exchanging presents. Other than that, we don’t really do much!
I feel very lucky to have both sides of my family celebrate together every year. On Christmas Eve we go to church and everyone comes back to my house for soup and a Christmas movie. Then on Christmas morning we all get back together for brunch and opening gifts. I look so forward to it every year. It is one of my favorite times of the year.
Christmas is FULL of family for us, which is an amazing blessing! On Christmas Eve, we typically attend a candlelight service at church, followed by a light dinner at my in-laws house. EVERYONE spends the night and then, on Christmas morning, all of the children read Bible passages to the adults (my kids have taken to splitting up the first half of Luke 2). Eventually, presents are opened and then a HUGE breakfast is had – bacon, eggs, sausage gravy & biscuits, homemade donuts, cinnamon rolls…really, the list goes on and on! Once early afternoon rolls around (AND once everyone has recovered from the huge breakfast) we head into town to see my side of our family, and spend the rest of Christmas Day with them. It’s fantastically exhausting knowing that you are loved – and have the opportunity to love – so many different individuals!!!
We’ve got plenty of Christmas traditions at the Husen household, but my favorite is watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve. It’s been an essential part of our holiday tradition as long as I can remember. And I’ll be honest, Jimmy Stewart in black & white didn’t enthrall me as a kid. I even remember a few times when my brothers and I tried to sneak out of the family room without my parents noticing (it never worked). Today, Christmas just doesn’t feel right without hearing little Zuzu’s tinny voice ringing out, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!”