Catholic Things

Christmas Cheer


So…tomorrow is Christmas!

For today’s post, I figured that I’d break away from the type of posts I normally write and do something a bit more fun.

I’d like to share with you some of the traditions my family has, or has had, that hold a special place in my heart.

  • Celebrating and opening presents on Christmas day. My dad’s parents, my dad, my aunt and uncle, and myself (and in the past, my mom) will go up to my grandparents’ house to celebrate Christmas. We typically eat lunch and then spend the afternoon/evening opening presents together.
  • Celebrating with my mom’s parents. My parents and I used to go up to my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve and celebrate with them. The main things that I remember about this is that we would open presents together and we’d often have pancakes for dinner. And I remember my grandparents would always get me the Barbie of that year. But we haven’t done this in 8 years because my grandmother died in 2007 and my grandfather died in 2010.
  • Midnight Mass. This tradition has started in my family within the past handful of years. My mom and I (and maybe my aunt and I) would go to the Midnight Mass either at my old home parish or at my new one. And since Christmas Eve with my grandparents is no longer a tradition and my parents got divorced, my mom and I (and now my step-dad) celebrate Christmas before going to Midnight Mass.
  • Listening to Christmas music. I’m the type of person that can listen to Christmas music anytime of the year. But as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I can start listening to it freely and without fear of being judged. It also makes me happy when stores and restaurants start playing Christmas music as well.
  • Christmas trees. If you live in a Western culture, you’ll know that Christmas trees are a central part of Christmas celebrations/traditions. And I have memories of decorating trees at my grandparents’, my mom’s, and my dad’s houses. And I know that multiple trees each year are a tradition for my aunt and uncle.

What traditions do you and your family have? Comment below, I’d enjoy hearing about them!


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