Sandra of Diary of a SAHM is hosting "Holiday Traditions." From her blog: "Do you and your family have a special tradition every Christmas Morning, or maybe it's a special dinner for Thanksgiving??? Do you all go out on a certain day to get a Christmas Tree??? Is there a special ornament or fun way your family decorates for the holidays??? How about different Heritages, how are the holidays celebrated all over the world???"
I meant to join in and post, and I'm finally getting around to it!
These aren't traditions from my childhood, but rather traditions since Joe and I were married.
Believe it or not, I had never heard of luminarias until I moved to New Mexico. Really. I went all these years without knowing what one was, much less ever hearing the word before!
So, I move to this town and when it was nearing Christmas I kept hearing all this talk about luminarias and I had to ask what they were. I was told, "oh you have to go see them on Christmas Eve! Drive through town and you'll see them all displayed along the roads and houses and yards, it's quite the site to see." We did this and I was hooked! So now we go to the Candlelight Service on base and follow that with a drive to Tularosa to view all the luminarias.
Of course we also take a couple nights where we drive around base looking at all the lights and decorations, and another night where we go into town and see the decorations and lights.
Another tradition Joe and I have is we give each other an ornament each year. Now we've got Kayla, so we buy ornaments for each other and for Kayla. It's fun to see what ornament Joe picked out for me from him, and from Kayla. Maybe this year she'll help to pick out the ornament! We've got quite the collection growing too!