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    Default What made Christmas Special For You

    I have always loved Christmas and get right into lights and decorations especially now I have kids.
    But thinking back to when I was younger we never did anything on the day just had a big lunch with the same people I see everyday and we only had a simple tree. So I don't really know where I got my love of the season from!
    And even now we dont have family close by we can easily visit so my kids wont get to play with their cousins.
    So what made/makes Christmas special for you? Do you do any traditions as a family?

    This year I am trying the elf on a shelf and we look at xmas lights and donate food and gifts to shelters.

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    Christmas Eve held the most traditions for us. We would attend church with the whole family on Christmas Eve, then back to my grandparents farm to have takeaway Chinese and a midnight swim, and we would all spend the night there. The adults would stay up late talking and eating roses chocolates from these chocolate trees my grandma would make and drinking baileys waiting for us to fall asleep so they could play Santa.
    It's funny the little details you remember!
    Obviously the next day was chaos with kids running around everywhere, new toys and Christmas lunch.

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    We didn't really have any traditions when I was a kid, but we have started for our kids a roast dinner (in aircon) on Xmas eve, DH and I share a bottle of champagne, then open the Xmas eve box which has new pj's for kids and a new movie for us all to watch. Once that's done we go outside to look for Santa (or a plane ) and then inside to leave cookies/carrot/milk for Santa.

    Xmas morning is prezzies as our little family before we do the rest of the family.

    Also thinking about elf on the shelf and we will add in a drive around the lights and a trip to the local carols this year.

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    We would do a drive around looking at the lights the week before Christmas as well. We got to stay up late and got a McDonald's ice cream. I'm so excited to make these little traditions for our family!

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    We used to go and look at the Brewery lights (in Adelaide) and get an ice cream. When we first moved to Brisbane we begged mum and dad to take us to the brewery (not knowing what a brewery actually was apart from Christmas lights). Needless to say the XXXX brewery in Brisbane was a massive disappointment.

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    Another tradition i have started is letting the kids pick a christmas ornament for the tree I then write their name and year on it I dont have many yet but I love pulling them out each year.

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    Dad made xmas fun for us as he was so into it - we'd write xmas lists, shop for presents for each other and for mum and dad, we always have a real tree, always leave milk and cookies for santa, santa would call us every xmas eve ( he now calls DS and his cousins!) then our rules were we can't open any presents until everyone was awake and at the tree - dad always got up first (about 5.30am) and would turn on all the radios and tv to attempt to wake us up! Christmas breakfast and lunch were always at home and my grandparents came for lunch and throughout the day various relatives and friends of the family would drop in , it was always fun!

    Once we all grew up we never really stopped the traditions , even without kids yet we still all went to mum and dads and slept over so we could all open presents together, ( in 44 years only my brother has missed xmas once when he was working overseas , otherwise we have always been together ) we still do or get up and be at either their house or mine by 6am every xmas morning and with my DS and 3 soon to be 4 nieces it's even more fun!

    I started the elf on the shelf last year for DS which was so much fun ( all the photos are on a thread here last year) DS is so excited for Buddy the elf to come back!

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    We always had a big roast lunch on xmas day with dad's side of the family and my mum and I would get a nice dress to wear on the day. We'd get up early and open presents. I now have a baby girl so I'll continue on with getting her a nice xmas day outfit (don't bother for myself anymore lol). i like the idea of new pjs too.

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    Default What made Christmas Special For You

    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Dad made xmas fun for us as he was so into it - we'd write xmas lists, shop for presents for each other and for mum and dad, we always have a real tree, always leave milk and cookies for santa, santa would call us every xmas eve ( he now calls DS and his cousins!) then our rules were we can't open any presents until everyone was awake and at the tree - dad always got up first (about 5.30am) and would turn on all the radios and tv to attempt to wake us up! Christmas breakfast and lunch were always at home and my grandparents came for lunch and throughout the day various relatives and friends of the family would drop in , it was always fun!

    Once we all grew up we never really stopped the traditions , even without kids yet we still all went to mum and dads and slept over so we could all open presents together, ( in 44 years only my brother has missed xmas once when he was working overseas , otherwise we have always been together ) we still do or get up and be at either their house or mine by 6am every xmas morning and with my DS and 3 soon to be 4 nieces it's even more fun!

    I started the elf on the shelf last year for DS which was so much fun ( all the photos are on a thread here last year) DS is so excited for Buddy the elf to come back!
    @elijah's Mum what is Elf on the Shelf?

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    Default What made Christmas Special For You

    http://www.elfontheshelf.com

    It's a little stuffed elf and he comes to your home on December 1st and reports to santa every night if you are being good or bad but because he's mischievous when he comes back early in the morning he gets up to mischief and when DS wakes up he runs around the house trying to find the elf - here's a couple of photos of our elfs nightly activities!!
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    DH thinks I'm mad as for 24 nights I find something for him to do but it's so worth it seeing DS finding him in the morning! I've already started on new ideas for this year!

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