December 24, 2012

Sisters Share It All: Christmas Traditions

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Usually we do our Sisters Share It All posts on Tuesdays, but since it's Christmas Eve, we decided to do a special one. Today we're sharing with you some of our favorite Christmas traditions. 

My parents were always good about making lots of fun Christmas traditions, but there are two that stick out in my mind. One was decorating gingerbread houses, and I planned to share our more two-year-old-friendly version of them that we did this year, but somehow with the computer crash last week, all the photos I took of that evening disappeared. I guess if I was going to lose any photos I'd rather lose those than Buck's birth photos, right? 

So I'll share one of my other favorite traditions: our Christmas Eve dinner. I can't remember how it originated, but growing up we did a "Shepherd's Meal." We ate soup in bread bowls, sat on the floor, the house lit only by candlelight, and dressed up as shepherds complete with bathrobes and towels tied on our heads. When I was in high school, my aunt gave us a big box of nativity clothing, so from then on we dressed up as various characters from the biblical Christmas story. 

Here's a few photos from recent years we spent at my parents house:



Philip and me as the honorary Mary and Joseph (since I was pregnant with Peanut)
Go check out Janssen and Landen's favorite Christmas traditions, and then we'd love for you to share yours below in the comments or the linkup! 

And Merry Christmas! 

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8 comments:

  1. Family traditions are such a special part of the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  2. Wow, this is so special, perhaps it is time for our family to make a tradition of our own!

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  3. This is a wonderful tradition. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  4. Wasn't this so fun? We're doing ours tonight - I think Ella will love it (and we're finishing off with fondue).

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  5. I love the whole living room picnic spread. Smart!

    Merry Christmas!

    Kate from Clear the Way

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