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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-13-2008, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Christmas gift traditions.

Does anyone have any traditional gifts that you give to your family or friends every year?

One of our traditions that was started on both of my boys very first Christmases is a tree ornament. Each one has the date written on it somewhere. The ornaments from their first years are inexpensive ones because there wasn't much money to spare, but for the last few years they get nice Hallmark ornaments or ones like that. Some day when they are ready to have a Christmas tree in their own homes they will have some special ornaments to put on them.

Another thing we do is to buy them a tool every year. The first year this began, when they were about 1 and three respectively, they received a toolbox as a present. Since then every year a hammer or a set of screwdrivers or some such tool is added to the box.

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Re: Christmas gift traditions.

After I married, one of my Uncle's (from NY) sends me a 4" American Museum of Natural History 'snowflake". They have the year stamped on them and in true snowflake fashion, none are ever the same design.
I look forward to the day I can decorate my entire tree with AMNH snowflakes.



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Re: Christmas gift traditions.

I doubt I can do it this year, because the only ones left have received a bad review and are more expensive, but in the past every woman in the family got a musical ornament in the shape of something Christmasy- with an animated scene inside. It looked like just a nice ornament until you opened it. (It was hinged.) Then a train ran around a Christmas tree, or the children danced around Frosty, etc., and the music started.




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I doubt I can do it this year, because the only ones left have received a bad review and are more expensive, but in the past every woman in the family got a musical ornament in the shape of something Christmasy- with an animated scene inside. It looked like just a nice ornament until you opened it. (It was hinged.) Then a train ran around a Christmas tree, or the children danced around Frosty, etc., and the music started.
Those sound beautiful! What are they called and where do you find them?

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Re: Christmas gift traditions.

When my brother and I were kids, we would get a new Christmas ornament every year. That doesn't happen anymore since we're grown but I've continued that tradition with my kids.

It's also tradition for us to sit down and read "T'was The Night Before Christmas" before the kids go to bed. As they get a little older and can understand more I want to start reading the story of Jesus' birth from the Bible on Christmas Eve.
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My sister and I can always pretty much guess the presents we will have in our stocking. we get a diary, bed socks, a cd or book and always chocolate coins and a sugar mouse, which never gets eaten..but its just tradition.
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We got little stuff you could fit into an old rugby sock (), plus fruit (which never got eaten), chocolate money (which quite often got eaten first) and nuts (which never got eaten )
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I thought of another thing we decided to start as tradition this year. I'm making a cake and on Christmas Day we'll sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.
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Re: Christmas gift traditions.

Katlover, you asked about the ornaments I gave. These are the exact same idea, but got some bad reviews, so I don't know if I'll buy them. Mine were less expensive, but no one had a problem with them, as far as I know.

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view ... -Ornaments




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My husband and I always get each other a new set of pajamas and we open them on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning we have brand new PJs for opening up presents. Hopefully soon we'll have kids and we can continue the tradition with them as well.
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