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    Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    When you're with friends and family. What are the things you must do every year? What games do you play?


    My family would always go around opening the Christimas Stockings first on Christmas morning.



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    My dad has a really horrible Christmas joke that stopped being funny after the 1st time, but he HAS to tell it, and everyone still laughs anyway.



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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    Really hard to answer this one, as my family is in the process of establishing new Christmas traditions from what we did as children.

    As my entire family is from Long Island, NY (my sister and I were born out there and the only reason why we moved to Iowa is because my dad got a job here), we would go and visit them every year at Christmas, and as my grandparents' (in later years, my aunt) homes were only 10-15 miles apart, we would spend the morning with my mom's parents (that is where we stayed while visiting) and spend the evening with my dad's mom and the rest of his family. But it was much more than that. Christmas Eve meant the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner - a variety of fish and shrimp and spaghetti with a fish tomato sauce. It meant midnight or Christmas morning mass. It meant spending time with family that I hardly ever got to see because we lived so far away from them. And we did this for 20 or so years. Then I had to go and get married, then a couple of years later my sister had to go and get married, which for all purposes ended that tradition, and because of that, we really have none of our own traditions (or at least none that don't involve extended family that we never get to see) and we're still in the process of establishing those.


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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    Growing up Christmas usually went like this:

    Christmas eve=mass with family, then dinner with family, and then dessert and games at my aunts house.

    Christmas morning=delicous cinnamon rolls that my mom made every year, then at about 10 o'clock we would open presents. We usually went to see a movie on Christmas day as well. Nothing special, but we did the same thing every year.



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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    I love reading these so far. My favorite time of the year.
    We would always go to the Christmas Eve candlelight service, then home for chili and cheese soups, summer sausage and all the cheese and peanuts a guy could hope for. We'd open presents Christmas morning and being the oldest of 4 boys, that usually met some sort of play guns. The most fun we had was the year mom and dad got us high quality laser tag guns, and walkie-talkies that had headsets to them. We played outside all afternoon and well into the dark in the woods behind our house.
    Now that I'm "old" and married with kids, we still drive home to Butler County from Ankeny (wife is from there too which is handy) and still go to my parents' church Christmas Eve, but then go back to her parents' to open gifts and have Oyster stew, even though no one likes it. Its a family tradition there that I haven't been able to break them of. I always have the chili.
    We'll go to my parents' Christmas morning and open gifts still, probably play a game of snow football (gets pretty intense as I got a rib cracked on a hit from my dad last year) and if the roads aren't bad, we'll drive up to Elgin where everyone still shows up for my Dad's side family Christmas. 6 kids, 18 grandkids, and grandpa and grandma. Even there, we'll have a pot of Oyster stew that will still be full at the end of the day:)

    One more thing- A few years ago jones soda company had their "thanksgiving dinner" flavored sodas that we had a case of at Christmas at my parents' house. After dinner, we poured out "shots" of those and it was so disgusting we were all dry-heaving, but kept going, and "drank" the whole dinner. Ahh the memories.


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    We used to always play spoons and it got really rough, we havent done it in a few years. Maybe because all us grandkids are older.



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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrevkah View Post
    When you're with friends and family. What are the things you must do every year? What games do you play?

    My family would always go around opening the Christimas Stockings first on Christmas morning.

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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
    We used to always play spoons and it got really rough, we havent done it in a few years. Maybe because all us grandkids are older.
    My cousins and I used to play spoons to, but after the punching started, the game seemed like it was getting out of hand.

    And my youngest cousin would cry a lot at the end.


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    We would take all of our new stuff and play with it in our Jewish neighbor's yard.



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    Re: Christmas Tradtitions and Games

    growing up, we would go to my grandparents on Christmas Eve, then home for Santa. Christmas Day, church, other grandparents, then home to play. always enjoyed Christmas.

    We started a new one at our house this year, and will continue as long as we can. If you have little kids, this is a lot of fun.

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    Growing up, my family always did a big fondue dinner on NYE. We'd usually invite another family over and stuff ourselves with all sorts of fondue food (breaded mushrooms, cheese balls, little smokies, steak, ham, shrimp) and finger food (crackers, veggies, fruit, etc...). Now that all 3 of us kids are grown, we do Christmas and NewYears all together at my parents house. We open presents on NYE morning, then we watch bowl games, fondue on NYE and then again on NY Day at noon. It's awesome.



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