Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

Day Two: Favorite Christmas Tradition New or Old

I was nominated by Michelle to do this challenge! The challenge was created by StephJ! They have amazing blogs that you should check out.

The Rules:

  • Include the photo below in each blog post
  • You may start at any point in December
  • Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
  • Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
  • Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
  • Have fun!

12 days of christmas blogging

 My Favorite Christmas Traditions:


I’m going to share my lifelong holiday traditions because I’ve loved all of them!

When I was little, my family would make the drive from Seattle, WA to Nampa, ID for Christmas every year. We would stay at my Grandma Faye’s and celebrate on Christmas Eve with my mom’s side of the family. There was always lots of pie and Christmas cookies. We were forced to eat squash (ick) before we could have either. Oh, the things you remember…

As my sister and I got older, we started spending Christmas at home. On Christmas Eve, we would:

  1. Eat dinner.
  2. Go drive around looking at Christmas lights.
  3. Read the Christmas story from the Bible.
  4. Open Gifts
  5. Go to the Christmas Eve Candlelight service at church.

On Christmas morning, Santa came and we spent the day with my mom’s brother’s family.

After meeting my husband, our holiday traditions have changed

Since meeting my husband, we usually spend Christmas Eve with his dad’s side of the family. It’s usually a buffet style meal and then gift opening for the kids.

On Christmas day, my little family celebrates on our own before my parents, sister and her family, my mom’s cousin and my husband’s mom, step-dad and grandmother come over for brunch. Everyone brings a dish to share. We eat, let the kids open gifts and then put on a Christmas movie for the kids.

You may notice the adults don’t open gifts. One of my favorite traditions is that instead of exchanging gifts between adults, we pick a charity and donate instead. We’ve donated diapers to local drug addicted babies, food to a local food bank, money to Northwest Harvest, money to the National MS Society and the last few years we have donated gifts picked from the giving tree (a Christmas tree with tags of wants/needs) for students at my daughter’s school. I love the feeling of knowing we’re helping someone else instead of ourselves.



Ashley @ Socially Awkward Bookworm

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9 thoughts on “Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Blogging

  1. This is seriously fun facts for me. I don’t know a lot of Western Christmas traditions so I was really glad to read this post. I love the idea that instead of exchanging gifts between adults you prefer donating useful stuffs to charity. You sure had a fruitful Christmas Day. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. I love this post and your traditions! It’s so awesome that you and your family donate to others. That’s always a great thing! I’ve seen giving trees around in places here and I was thinking of doing it this year.

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