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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Momdot Blog Party: Day Two

DAY TWO QUESTION
Traditions, what are some of your favorite family traditions?
What are some that you want to begin?

With having a big family, we always have a jam packed Holiday season!

Our Christmas Eve is spent with my father's Cousin's, which has been a family tradition for about 25 years. We have a seafood dinner (which I can't stand! I'm one of the only people in my family that doesn't eat seafood!!) and catch up with family that we really only see once a year.
The highlight of evening is a visit from none other than Santa Claus, who hands out presents to all the 20+ children in attendance. It always gets a bit crazy during that time! We cap the evening off with a reading of "T'was the Night Before Christmas". Then it's a mad dash home to make sure we make it home before Santa comes!

Christmas morning we wake up and open up presents at our house. We all take turns so we can see what everyone has received from Santa Claus.
We then get dressed and go over to my parent's house, for Round Two of Christmas morning!

My parents house is always pure chaos. There's 8 Grandkids ages 12 - 2, and they're always in super excited Christmas mode, so it's loud, crazy, and chaotic! Santa sure spoils the kids over Grand mom's & Pop-pop's. We usually spend the afternoon there, and either have a nice Christmas dinner there or at my Sister's house, who lives in the same town.

We get home late with all our new toys and the kids just can't wait to dig into everything and start playing with their new toys!
One tradition I'd like to start with my kids is them getting a new pair of PJ's every Christmas Eve so that when they wake up on Christmas morning they have comfy new cute PJ's to wear for pictures!

19 comments:

Erin Tales said...

It's chaos at my parents house too. But good chaos!

3 Kids and Us said...

I'm with you on the seafood, I hate anything that comes out of the water.

CompleteLee Blogger said...

My hubby always reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to the kids on Christmas Eve too!

Custom Blog Designs said...

I'd love to get my kids matching PJs...but their sizes are so different!

Emily Roemmich said...

we had a lot of grandkids in our family too. I loved it!!

Trish said...

I hate seafood too. I know all about the chaos as there are usually 10-20 grandkids at my in-laws house.

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

Nothing like two rounds of presents. How fun. While I like seafood, my FIL has a Thanksgiving tradition of oysters and corn mixed together in a side dish. Can you say gross!

Staci said...

How fun that Santa comes to visit all the kids. Our house turns into pure chaos at the holidays too.

100daystochristmas.com said...

We do the PJ thing on Christmas Eve. My kids love it! It always surprises me how excited they get at new pjs when they know they're coming anyway.

Jen
http://www.100DaystoChristmas.com

Tena said...

It's Chaos all day on Christmas! We try to do the one gift at a time too, helps get more pictures, lol!

Natalie said...

I am going to have to see if I can remember Twas The night Before Christmas. We had to memorize it when I was in shcool. If not we will be reading it this year.

Sarah said...

I like my seafood but my folks always seem to go overboard on that one when we get together.

Momstart said...

We read the story of Jesus's birth.

Andrea said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Tracye said...

Oh, that sounds completely crazy and fun!

Jess said...

WOW 20+ children!! A house full!

Rita @ My Precious Pennies said...

I think I'm going to try the PJ thing too...I'd love to save them all from each year!

The Petersons said...

Seafood dinner huh. I'm with you on not liking that. Everything else sounds so fun though! (I like the name of your blog.)

On The Verge said...

We are always at my MIL on Christmas Eve and they always have squid! EEW! I am with you on the yucky fish!