Most families have their holiday traditions, whether they start a week before Christmas or just the day of. These holiday traditions are what makes the Christmas season so special.
Today I’m going to illustrate my Christmas traditions.
Every Christmas Eve I go over to my grandparents house. For the past 10 years or so (wow, time flies!) I’ve gone over to my grandparents house with my mom a few hours earlier than everyone else. On our way we stop by Starbucks and I get a Peppermint Hot Chocolate and my mom and grandparents put in their order as well. When we get to my grandparents house we make a traditional Norwegian food called Lefse – it’s like a really flat potato pancake. My grandma makes the dough the night before and we roll it and cook it Christmas Eve morning. I started out as the Flipper (the easier job) and then moved up to the Roller when my younger cousins joined in on the tradition! It was something passed down from my Great Grandmother, and it hasn’t stopped yet! I hope that it never does.
After we make the Lefse, the rest of the family arrives. We eat snacks until we can’t fit any more in our tummies and do a great big puzzle which usually takes up a few hours. Then we open stockings and, one of the kids’ favorite parts, sort presents! We pick where each person is going to sit and stack up their presents. We finish the day off with eating dinner, opening presents, eating
too much dessert, and cleaning up the mess of wrapping paper and left-over food before packing the car to drive back home. It’s an amazing and relaxing day with family, and what gets better than that?
Christmas Eve at night we attend the 11pm service at my church, which this year I had the privilege to be Assisting Minister for the first time in two years. Let’s just say that I’m glad I went over everything with my aunt and mom before going up there as if I were doing it for months like I had a few summers ago.
Christmas morning rolls around and we sleep in and meet each other downstairs around the Christmas tree. Once everyone is up and downstairs (or, rather when I wake my brother up so that we can get going) we sort presents and open them up. It’s so fun to see what people give! The rest of the day we stay in our PJs, play games, watch movies, do puzzles, etc. It’s one of the only days of the year when we all don’t leave the house (or change clothes!) and completely 100% relax.
To me, Christmas means family and that’s one of the best things about it!