A list full of things we do and do not do, regardless they are traditions some where!

  1. Christmas Star/ Angel
    1. We top our tree with both a star and an angel: John Wayne. My very first Christmas by myself, I had accidentally bought a black Christmas tree (I thought it was going to be a dark green.) I decided that I was going to make my tree gorgeous, and deck it out with my favorite colors, LIME GREEN & PINK. Well with all of the preparations for that, I forgot to get something for the top. Luckily, I had bought this John Wayne ornament the year before on sale at Hallmark. I jokingly put it atop my tree and fell in love. Mind you that was like a 3 foot tree and I now have a 7 foot tree, and it looks WAY more silly atop, but I can’t bring myself to get something different, much to my 6 year olds dismay.
  2. Honoring someone with the privilege of topping the tree with the …topper?
    1. We don’t do this in my house for 2 reasons.
      1. I did not do this growing up so I do not see the advantages to doing it. My dad always did it because he was taller than all of us, him being 6’4 and all of us 5’ and below.
      2. We don’t have a socially traditional topper, it takes much “finesse” to get ol’ Mr. Wayne to stay.
  3. Popcorn Garland
    1. Once again, something we do not do. Though I would love to try to do it once, just for fun, but I fear it will eat up all my patience and we are tempting the dogs too much as it is. I fear that putting food on the tree will send them over the edge, and no one likes a bad boi.
  4. Christmas Cards
    1. While every year I intend to send them out, I never do, but I do put the ones (and that is only plural, to make me sound fancy,) I receive on my piano or hutch for everyone to see. One day I shall send them out!
  5. Santa Claus
    1. We DO celebrate.. is that the right word..? Practice..? Any who we do have Santa in our house, and he has his very own wrapping paper with his face on it, so that everyone knows which presents are from Ol’ Mr. Claus.
  6. Christmas Lights
    1. Ahhh, my favorite part of the Holiday season! Every year I go and get my grandma, and we go and look at the Lights in town and listen to Christmas music. I love that special day so much, that as I drive through town all month and plot the places I will take her.
  7. Stockings
    1. I have talked about stockings before, so I will keep this one short. I like stockings and will always have them filled, but I do not agree with expensive stuffers, and so I try to keep them full of school supplies and homemade goodies.
  8. “Christmas is Coming and the Goose is getting fat!”
    1. Ask my parents, from a very early age, that was my most favorite song. I especially loved to sing it on long car rides! I’m unsure as to where it really came from, me learning it that is, but I am assuming that it came from my Papa Vancel. For your enjoyment I shall give you the lyrics: Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat! Please put a penny in the old mans hat. If you haven’t got a penny then a HAY(hey..?) penny will do. If you haven’t got a hay(hey..?) penny, then god bless you, god bless you.
  9. Before we eat every year we have to sing the Johnny Appleseed song.
    1. I’m sure it is called something else, but this is what we call it. I guess you could say we use it like a blessing. Once again, for your pleasure, here are the lyrics: OOOOOOOOOOOOH, the lord is good to me, and so I thank the Lord, for giving me the things I need, the sun, the rain, and the Appleseed. The Lord is good to me. Amen.
  10. Elf on the Shelf
    1. While I look at them every year in the store and push them around in my buggy, I have yet to get one. I’m afraid; at 6 we have missed the bus on this one. I may have been able to get away with it this year, but doubt I would have gotten my money’s worth out if it next year.
  11. Advent Calendar
    1. I did not have one growing up, but I see them all the time and think they are the cutest thing in the whole world. I finally broke down and got one… I got a string with mittens on it, and numbers on the mittens, 1-25. I put a candy cane in the 1 and he moves it along each morning, that way he knows how many more days until Christmas. Guys, I have never spent a better $10 in my life. I no longer have to answer the never ending “how many more days until Christmas,” question and my life is better for it! If you have smallish children I HIGHLY recommend this becoming a tradition in your household!!!
  12. Going to Grandma’s House
    1. Every year I spend Christmas day, or as much of it as I can, at my grandma’s house. We get there before the sun comes up, in our pajamas and fill her house with dogs and love.

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