Monday Loves – Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and last few moments of the 2010s!

Christmas is my favorite holiday because I love the traditions that go along with this season and the anticipation for Christmas Day. After 31 years, I am actually spending my first Christmas away from my own family and am back in Sacramento visiting my in-laws. I look forward to learning about any traditions they share! Since I’m not in LA for Christmas, here are a few of my family’s and my own Christmas traditions.

Christmas Eve Service

I grew up attending church and look forward to singing the classical hymns. This culminates in the Christmas Eve Service at my church. It’s not at midnight like many churches, which is fine with me. I am secretly an old lady who can’t stay up past 10 pm. My friends always look at the time before sending text messages at night. haha!

Star Wars Pancakes

Yes, this one sounds weird, but hear me out. My mother is a big Star Wars fan, and she’s an especially big Harrison Ford fan. M brother and I grew up on Star Wars. After buying the pancake molds from Williams Sonoma, we decided that they were more exciting than the Christmas molds we also bought. We do use the reindeer and snowman molds, but tbh Star Wars ones are more exciting. The family chooses from: Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Yoda, an X-Wing, the Millenium Falcon, or a Tie Fighter. Here is a link to William Sonoma’s new set with R2D2!

Christmas Lunner

Yep, I’m calling this lunner. The family comes over at 2 pm to eat. This is my family’s holiday time. Any meal being prepared for a major holiday at parents’ house starts at 2 pm. It’s the perfect time, because everyone has enough time to prepare in the morning and they will hungry enough to eat more food by 2! It’s also usually around a break in the sport games, so that’s a win for my father and uncle.

After-Christmas frantic shopping

My mother’s birthday is on Dec 27th, so with the hype of Christmas, comes the panic of buying my mother a birthday present. Yes, she wants a separate birthday present. When I was younger, my dad would take my brother and I and we would ( a ) return any unwanted gifts and then ( b ) frantically look for something to buy my mother. We bought a Han Solo cut out one year, a stuffed bear one year (my father and brother were skeptical that she would like it. I walk in with it. She screams how cute it is. Cue the side eye to the men in the family.) My family loves stuffed animals, but that’s a post for another time.

What are your family’s favorite traditions? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, or whichever holiday you celebrate.

With Love, Allison

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