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When I was a kid, we’d lay out our Christmas stockings on the back of the living room couch because we didn’t have a fireplace. We’d put out milk and cookies for Santa (but never a carrot for the reindeer!). Then my parents would tuck us into bed where I lay trembling with anticipation, sure that I’d be lying there awake all night long.
Of course, I would fall asleep eventually only to spring out of bed at the crack of dawn. My siblings and I would rush into the living room to see what Santa brought and then go bounding down the hall into my parents room to wake them up too.
“Mommy! Daddy! Santa brought me a She-Ra doll. Can you believe it?!”
My parents would stagger out of bed, bleary-eyed, and put on the kettle for tea as we pored over the contents of our stockings.
Santa’s presents were never wrapped in our home. They were laid out in front of our stockings, the sheer number of them already making an impression on me from across the room. Santa’s magic must have been real because there was no way my parents could ever afford to buy so many toys.
Finally, we’d settle in and take turns opening the wrapped gifts under the tree. Those were from my parents, grandparents and assorted other relatives. Eventually we started to wrap gifts for one another, too.
When my husband was growing up, they’d hang their stockings on the second floor banister and then bring them right into his parents’ bed to open all together. Everyone got a stocking in his family, even his parents, while stockings were strictly for kids in my home.
Then his whole family would make their way downstairs where not only were the Santa gifts not wrapped, they were also taken out of their packaging and set up in elaborate displays.
As parents, we’ve taken a little from each of our family traditions. Stockings are hung from knobs on the dining room cabinet rather than the upstairs banister, but there is one for everybody—even us parents. The kids wake us before going down to see what Santa brought, and some of the presents are unwrapped and set up while others benefit from a bit of packaging (if you know what I mean, Rainbow Loom).
I know many people take pride in selecting special wrapping paper for Santa gifts. Still others don’t see any value in the Santa myth and make sure all presents are marked from Mom and Dad. And, of course, many other people don’t celebrate Christmas at all.
One tradition that’s emerged for our family is flipping through holiday catalogues like the Sears Wish Book to help each kid write their Santa letters. But I do need to sit down with them or they will circle nearly everything in the catalogue!
What favourite holiday tradition do you borrow from your own childhood?
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