Decorating Christmas trees, leaving milk and cookies out for Santa, sipping eggnog by the fire…so many wonderful and memorable holiday traditions.
But how about those unusual holiday traditions? Or those traditions that are uniquely yours?
Our Care2 team shared their favorite holiday traditions – from ‘elf-on-a-shelf’ to holiday choir performances, a pickle on the tree to oysters in the stocking on Xmas morning…and many more.
Read on for some of our favorite holiday traditions, and then share yours! (We’ll be sending a Care2 tote bag and Care2 hat to three lucky commenters!)
Next page: Pickles in the tree, oysters in stockings…
My family follows a German tradition where my mom hides a green pickle ornament somewhere within our Christmas tree. Whoever in my family is lucky enough to find it turns it into my mom and gets an extra present.
Also my father and I make up our own lyrics to a traditional Christmas song or poem like “Twas the night before Christmas” and send it with our Christmas card. - Megan
This one is so strange and – as most traditions go – I have know idea how or why it started. Every Christmas I find a can of smoked oysters at the very bottom of my stocking. So for many years, Christmas eating has started with a smoked oyster snack. Yum! - Jocelyn
Next page: Lighting up the night, cathedral choirs, elf-on-a-shelf…
Filling brown sandwich bags with sand and candles and lighting luminaries lining the rooftop and sidewalks in New Mexico on Christmas Eve. Then walking through the neighborhood glowing with the mini lanterns.
Also, playing charades in front of the fireplace. – Laurie
My holiday tradition: I always try to attend at least one choir performance during the holiday season. I love hearing music sung in a cathedral — the rich tones just vibrate through the building and everyone in it. It always puts me in the holiday spirit! - Natasha
Elf on the Shelf: You put a little elf on a shelf or door mantel, so the kids will see it and then tell them it’s visiting from the North Pole, and goes back up each night to report to Santa on whether they’ve been good or naughty.
Each morning, the elf shows up somewhere else in the house where the kids can’t reach it. My kids love this, coming down every morning to try to find where the elf showed up – totally in awe that he magically appears in a new place each morning. – Randy
Next page: Homemade Christmas Candles
When I was a kid, my family would make candles for Christmas. We’d fill the stovetop with pots of boiling water, and sink a big coffee can of wax chunks inside. We’d color the wax with the stumps of old crayons or old candles (and then pull out the bits of leftover wick once the wax had melted).
We’d carry the cans of hot wax into the basement, wearing big oven mitts that had been splashed with wax so much they were completely stiff.
Downstairs we would have arranged candle forms of Santa and Frosty the Snowman, half-buried head down into a big box of sand to hold the forms in place. We’d fill the forms, and top them off as the wax cooled and contracted.
After the wax had set, we would peel off the form to reveal the candle inside. My dad would trim the edges and base, and we’d paint the features — Frosty’s scarf, Santa’s hat and coat. We gave these as gifts to grade-school teachers for years. - Matt
Please share your favorite holiday traditions! (We’ll be sending a Care2 tote bag and a Care2 hat to three lucky commenters!)