We have a few in my family and some of them I can't even remember how they started.
On Thanksgiving, we always have a turkey dinner at my daughter's and then look at all the adds in the newspaper for Black Friday. Then my 10 year old grandson comes and spends the night at my house. He loves it if we have to get up during the night for a sale - me not so much. LOL We're hoping to find a deal on a WiiU this year.
Christmas morning we go to my sister's to open gifts and have a ham dinner and watch movies and play whatever games (video and board) we got as gifts. My sister always buys a board game we all can play together.
Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas we all get together and drive around the area looking at Christmas lights.
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Thanksgiving has been a little shifty regarding our tradition in the past few years so I wont go into that.
Christmas on the other hand is a pretty big thing in my family. Christmas Eve we go see my dads side of the family, and after that go to one of my friends house parties. Christmas morning we all wake up early and open presents around 9am. After presents we all have hot chocolate and relax until 12pm when family from my moms side comes over when we give and open more presents. Later that evening we have a late lunch, around 4pm, which is a pretty typical christmas dinner, I won't bore you guys with that detail. After we eat we usually have dessert some time afterwards and then eventually everyone starts leaving around 8pm. It's my favorite holiday out of the whole year just because it's so happy and everyone spends time together.
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No Thanksgiving here in the UK but we have our routine at Christmas. It's my mum's Birthday on Christmas Day so what usually happens is my sister comes up with her two boys at around 10:30am and we all open the gifts, then my mum gets ready and she and my sister and kids and sometimes me if I feel like it go out for a few drinks for her Birthday. My brother goes to his friends every year so we don't really see him much because that's just him he's not really a family orientated person. My dad stays home and sorts the dinner out. By the time they/we get back the food is nearly ready to be served so my mum serves it and we eat. We always have a trifle for dessert at Christmas and we rarely have turkey, usually pork or beef or both.
At around 4:30pm I drive my sister and the kids home then I go home and relax with a coffee with my dad while mum has a nap because sometimes she will go out later on with friends.
Then on Boxing Day my sister has usually booked the day off work (she works in a store so is always working right up to Christmas), her kids spend the day with their dad and she and my mum go out with friends to celebrate mum's Birthday properly, we always think it's unfair she has her day on Christmas so we extend her Birthday longer
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I don't celebrate Thanksgiving either, but I do have a Christmas tradition that my family and I have.
A few years back my friend and I use to go to each other's houses (we alternated house each year) on Christmas Eve and we use to have a nice dinner with her family. We'd then go to the service at church and follow up with a coffee (or a hot chocolate) at a local café. Next we'd head back home and just chill, and usually we'd end up playing Animal Crossing. It was a lovely tradition, but unfortunately we don't do that anymore since we're not as close as what we use to be.
Now I have a tradition where I spend Christmas Day with either my mum's family or my dad's family (sometimes both) and we usually organise a house to go to and celebrate Christmas there. Usually I catch up with my little cousins on this day since I don't see them all that often. We also usually have a BBQ and all that good stuff, so it's quite a nice day that I certainly enjoy. It can be tiring though because my family all live so far away and my cousins are all full of energy.
This is a very good question, I like it! My answer should probably have two parts as well, a Belgian one and a British one.
When I was still living in Belgium, the only holiday at the end of the year which was actively celebrated, is Christmas. All of the family (aunts, uncles, cousins,...) gathers at either my grandparents' house or my Mam's on December 24th. We would have some small snacks, like coctail sausages, cheese bites, mini-pizzas, and many more, while two of my uncle's would help prepare that evening's meal in the kitchen. This meal usually starts at about 8:00 PM and doesn't finish until about Midnight, we're talking 6-7 courses here! Once it turns midnight, whichever children are still awake will hand out Santa's presents to everyone!
Last year, I have had my very first experience of a British Christmas. Unlike in Belgium, celebrations didn't really start until Christmas morning. Everyone woke up really early and was very excited to have breakfast and open their presents! Also, there were a LOT of presents for everyone, much more than I was used to! Christmas dinner (in this region of the UK, "dinner" is what you have at noon) is turkey, yorkshire pudding, 'pigs in blankets' (sausages wrapped in bacon), peas, carrots, brocoli and some other vegetables, followed by a dessert. In the afternoon, we watched the Queen's speech, some other programmes and played some board games. It's a lot of fun! The next day, which is called "Boxing Day" here in the UK, the sales start so people go mass shopping!
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Thanksgiving is pretty low key for my family. Usually, our immediate family just has a nice turkey dinner together in the late afternoon or early evening. On Thanksgiving morning, my family usually watches the Macy's parade. I usually sit out on that though. I never had the interest or the patience to watch the parade on television, even when I was a little kid.
Christmas Day is also pretty low key. One cool thing though is that my mother makes cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. She's done this as long as I can remember. After breakfast, we usually exchange gifts with each other. Then for dinner, my mother cooks up a big Christmas ham along with her homemade macaroni and cheese.
The last thing I can think of is when our family all gets together to help make Christmas cookies a few days before Christmas. I'm not actually much of a baker, so most of my assistance goes towards taste-testing.
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I'm another member from the UK, so I'll tell you about our Christmas traditions.
Well I come from a very small family, so we normally have a low key sort of day. We exchange presents in the afternoon after we have had our Christmas meal. I normally help my Mum cook all of the meals, but I'm pretty sure I'm more of a hindrance than anything else.
After we have exchanged the gifts, we normally play board games before tuning into all of the Christmas specials on TV (Doctor Who!!!!!).
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