Hey Mom and Dad: What Holiday Traditions Did You Start With Your Kids?

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Each family has their own special and unique holiday traditions—some have been passed down for generations, others have started in recent years.

What new holiday family traditions have you started with your kids?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Erica Esquivel: Putting the Christmas tree up after Thanksgiving. —on Chicago Heights Patch Facebook

Fredric Mitchell: Having the kids take old toys and clothes to salvation army on 'Black' Friday instead of jumping into the consuming frenzy with the horde. Trying to get them to undertand the importance of giving back, not just asking for more. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook

Amanda Mercer Zickuhr: We do a Santa Box for a 5-day count down. Just a little treat or prize inside each of their bedside small boxes with a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 card inside. It's nothing big, but enhances the fun of seeing their anticipation. —on Homewood-Flossmoor Patch Facebook

Lisa Jacob Leicht: Yes. The Christmas elf leaves a bag at the front door on Christmas Eve. Inside the bag are new Christmas pajamas and slippers for the kids. The kids put on their new pajamas that night. It also looks cute for Christmas photos in the morning, as they unwrap their presents from Santa. —on Orland Park Patch Facebook

Brian Koehler: Elf on the shelf. It's hysterical. It's the highlight of each morning cause she looks for him to see what trouble he got into —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

David Michalski Jr.: Our new holiday family tradition is wish everyone a MEERY CHRISTMAS —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.

Phil December 04, 2012 at 04:07 PM
There were no Black Friday or weekend sales for us, for the first time ever we all packed up and went to Wilmington for breakfast at the family restuarant and then off to Tammen Treeberry Farm where we searched out the perfect tree and took it home. A quick stop off to gather egg nog and a tree stand and the rest of the evening was spent toghether decorating the tree. It is now my favorite Christmas memory!
James Sylvester December 05, 2012 at 02:55 AM
This custom is really for the entire family to enjoy.It starts with having a cake that is round that in a way looks like a Christmas wreath. Green icing looks good. Then have small candles enough for each family member that is no longer able to take part in the family Christmas gathering and one candle about 10 to 12 inches in length. The largest candle is placed in the center of the cake (wreath). The other candles are placed in a circle atop the cake. The center candle is lit and the song Happy Birthday is sung for the Baby Jesus. It is then explained that the circle cake represents our family. That we are all members and part of the circle that is always connected with love for one another. The smaller candles are now lit one by one as each name of a family member who has passed away is announced. The younger family members light these candles one by one. At the conclusion of the candle lighting all of the family members present sing the song Silent Night. It has become our family's way to remember those that at one time joined all of us on Christmas Day.
jamiev December 05, 2012 at 05:09 AM
When I was little, maybe 3 or 4, I overheard my parents talking about the "bare spot" in our Christmas tree. Being young, I thought they said "bear spot" and went and got a teddy bear to put in it. Ever since then, we've always made a "bear spot" in our tree. I've continued this tradition with my family now.


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