“You’ll shoot your eye out!”
-Literally every adult in A Christmas Story
Let me start off by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! This is my absolute favorite holiday of the year and I think the biggest reason is all of the great Christmas traditions I grew up with. A lot of them I still do every year, whether I am with my family or not.
Here are some of my favorite Christmas traditions:
Watching A Christmas Story all day on Christmas Eve/Day
Alright so I know a lot of people do this but this is by far my favorite Christmas movie! Sure, I still love the more festive and heartwarming holiday movies, but I grew up watching this one all day on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (thank you, TBS, for your 24-hour marathon). This is my favorite Christmas tradition by far and I never grow tired of this movie. What’s not to love about a leg lamp, pink bunny pajamas and the infamous Red Ryder BB Gun.
Because food at Christmastime is always amazing! Growing up, I always remember my mom making a seriously addicting skirt steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus on Christmas Eve (my mouth is watering just writing about it). As a kid, I didn’t appreciate it as much, but every year I go back to my parents’ house for Christmas, this meal is one of our Christmas traditions I get most excited about. My mom also makes the best peppermint bark and Christmas cookies ever, which she’ll even send to me if I’m not there for Christmas.
Dressing up on Christmas Day
I know that almost no one dresses up for Christmas Day and most people stay in their pajamas all day, but not my family! Every year, my sister Ashley and I get glammed up before we open presents. My parents also get dressed and ready for the day. As you can tell, we’re not the type of family who dresses down very much. And sure, I love spending the day in pajamas sometimes. But one of our Christmas tradition is to get ready and look nice on Christmas Day, even though we never go anywhere that day. (Go check out my post from last week if you need some last-minute Christmas outfit inspo!)
Drinking lots of beer…like seriously, a lot!
So fun fact about me: I’m a total beer snob, which makes sense considering I’m from Colorado! Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about beer from my dad who used to be a beer judge. Now I know what you’re thinking: what does beer have to do with my Christmas? Well, this is one of my favorite Christmas traditions because it’s bonding time with my dad. And I can never say no to that. Plus there’s a ton of really awesome Christmas beers out there too!
Sleeping in on Christmas Day
That’s right…even as a kid, I didn’t usually get up early on Christmas Day. If I get the chance to sleep in, I will absolutely take it! Ashley and I always sleep in and eat a late breakfast before we get all dressy and open presents. Honestly, I’d much rather sleep in than get up really early on Christmas. That way present time lasts into the afternoon, which is way better in my opinion. And the way I see it, Christmas will still be there even if I wake up late!
My family of course has other Christmas traditions as well, but these are my favorites that I hold onto every year. They’re not necessarily anything crazy (or at least not to me). When I think of Christmas Eve/Day, these are the traditions that make me love this holiday more than all the others.
I would love to hear some of your favorite Christmas traditions, so sound off down in the comments.
Merry Christmas to you all! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and you get lots of great presents, eggnog and time with loved ones.