Common And Uncommon Christmas Day Traditions


The holiday season makes you think of family and friends and memories you have had and ones you want to make. My family (aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins…) have a traditional Christmas party every year, it is one that has been going on since I was little enough to remember and even before that, and one I hope my children and their cousins will continue when we are all too seasoned (sounds a lot nicer than OLD) to put in the large amount of effort.

Other traditions we have, alone with the ever so popular “Elf on the Shelf”, are on Christmas Eve we all go to my mums house and we all (myself, husband, sisters, brothers-in-law, my kids, nieces and nephews) get to open our Christmas P.J.s. My mum has always, probably since the day we were born, gotten us all a brand new pair of Christmas P.J.’s that we get to open on Christmas Eve and put them on right away. To this day, 32 years, a husband, and 5 kids later, I still look forward to those P.J.’s and so does my husband and children.

So this all got me thinking… What are some other Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Traditions out there???

  • Lots of people, especially kids, track Santa’s progress across the globe on NORAD on Christmas Eve.
  • Many people make (and even teachers give out to students) reindeer food for the reindeer on Christmas Eve.
  • Families read “The Night before Christmas” as they tuck in their children before bed on Christmas Eve.
  • On Christmas morning some families wait till after breakfast to open gifts.
  • Some families open gifts as soon as the clock hits 12:01am on Christmas Day.
  • Families invite friends and family over on Christmas Day for ham or turkey and they play games late into the night.

Now… What about some really unusual (and possibly even creepy) Christmas Traditions…

  • In Austria Santa’s evil twin Krampus (not sure if any of you saw the Grimm episode the other day but he was on there, really creepy), comes to punish all the children who have misbehaved. On December 5th all the med dress up as the scariest devil they can imagine and drunkenly run around towns hitting people with sticks. All I can say is I am happy to live here!
  • In the Czech Republic on Christmas Eve all the unmarried Czech women practice a tradition of fortune telling to predict their relationship status for the next year.
  • In Norway it is believed that all witches and evil spirits come out looking for brooms to ride on (a bad omen) on Christmas Eve.

Well, there you have it, no matter what your family traditions are the holidays are a magical time for everyone out there. Happy holidays everyone!

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