We have so many family Christmas traditions, it is hard to remember them all at times. But one thing I have come to realize over the years is that they are very important.
These are the episodes from our lives that we will always remember and that help keep family bonds strong.
One of our oldest family Christmas traditions involves the reading of the story of the birth of Jesus from the book of Luke each year. We have done this from the time that I was a little boy, and I always look forward to this with great anticipation.
I want for my children to understand the real reason for Christmas, and it does my heart good to see them get excited about it as well. It is one of those family Christmas traditions that I introduced to my wife, and we have incorporated it into our yearly calendar.
One of the other great family traditions from my household is a yearly Christmas Eve potluck dinner.
Each year on Christmas Eve, we all get together and everyone makes a dish for a big potluck dinner we all enjoy. It is a great experience and opportunity for relatives who have not seen or heard from each other in years to catch up.
We always have a great time with it because the amount of good food present is always incredible, and we all know that we will have a great time.
When my wife and I first met, she informed me that one of her family Christmas traditions was to allow everyone to open up one present on Christmas Eve.
We had never done that in our family, but marriage is about compromise, and what I soon discovered was that it helped take the edge off of our children's excitement for Christmas day.
The way that I look at is that Christmas day is the big feast that is about an hour away, and Christmas Eve is the snack until that day arrives!
Another of our family Christmas traditions is the reading of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol.”
This, too, was something that originated in my family and that carried over to our family today. This is one that my children also enjoy because they both love to read.
Family Christmas traditions mean so much and play such an important role in helping a family bond during the holiday season.
My wife and are always looking at activities we can do around that time to make it extra special for our kids, and we are open to incorporating them into our regular traditions in hopes that our children will pass them on to their children some day.