In our house we have developed several family traditions regarding Christmas.
The Christmas List - This tradition was started in my husband's family. There were seven kids and not a lot of money for Christmas. So they made their celebration about the quality of the gifts and not the quantity. So here is how they did it (and the way we continue it).
Everyone is required to write out a Christmas List that is at least one page long (both sides of a lined paper sheet) with wishes. Those that do not provide enough wishes are 'given' wishes by Mom and Dad. These would include things that you REALLY don't want for Christmas such as a jock strap... for one of our daughters. I'm sure you get the idea.
The rules of the list are always the same. You can put ANYTHING on the list and encouragement is given to include things as small as paper clips and as large as a Lamborghini.
The fun part about this for everyone involved is that you can translate any given list however you want...so if you are not VERY specific...well let me give you an example:
Say you ask for a book but do not specify a particular one, then anything in the shape of a book is fair game. Such as book ends that look like books, a picture of a book, wooden letters that consist of the letters BOOK...etc.
I think you get the idea. Believe me, it becomes very difficult to decide just how to word your list when everyone is trying to get you what you listed without 'getting what you listed'. :o) Obviously we do not do this with EVERY item on your list as that would not be any fun at all, but just enough to make it interesting.
One year, when my husband was a teenager, he asked for a scope for his rifle...he got a bottle of Scope mouthwash. His father asked for a Blonde...and got a Barbie. One of our daughters asked for nail polish, so I bought a bunch of large nails and painted them with nail polish. Believe me, you can get quite creative.
The Pickle Ornament - Each of our children have a pickle ornament that is put on the tree after they go to bed on Christmas Eve. My husband and I 'hide' them. The child on Christmas morning that finds 'their' pickle first, gets a special gift. Last year it was a $25 itunes gift card. The rest get a different gift IF they can find their pickle. Last year it was a $10 itunes gift card.
Stockings - You may NOT get out of bed before 6am or you forfeit your stocking. (and you may NOT wake up the parents until 7am) When you get up, you may open any gifts in your stocking. I usually have a lot of odd, small items I collect throughout the year such as funny pens, pencils, hair accessories, erasers, earrings, chap stick, socks, small games. I think you get the idea.
Feel free to steal these ideas and post back links of your own tradition in my comments. I think I will try to do a post with all of them, kind of like a cookie swap.... I'll do a Holiday Tradition swap. :o) Starting Tomorrow Night I'll leave a SHORT message at the top of my page listing links to all the traditions I receive. Have fun!!!!
QOTD: "Hold on to family traditions that instill love and joy into the hearts of your loved ones. Create traditions that bind with love, respect and laughter. Quietly and peacefully put to rest those traditions who's time has gone." Lemon Stand