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For many years, we have always followed the holiday traditions that were part of my family when I was a child.  

The last few years, we (my husband, son & I) have started making our own.

Now, instead of turkey (which we had only 4 weeks ago) we do ham & scalloped potatoes.

Instead of a big meal (with big clean up) I prepare most of the food the day before and we only have to cook it on Christmas Day.

Instead of being all ‘up-tight’ about clothing for the day, we stay in our PJ’s allllll day...even at dinner.

The only thing that we have kept is from my family.  All the gifts are unwrapped on Christmas Day (except for our new PJ’s on Christmas Eve) BUT only one toy may be taken out of it’s box an played with in the morning and one more in the afternoon....until all the toys are opened. (books don’t count!)

Have you been able to ‘let go’ of the traditions of your youth?  Or are you inexorably tied to them?

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      Samib wrote Dec 28, 2009
    • We didn’t have a lot of tradition in my childhome.  Just the food we ate, and that 1 present could be opened on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning.  Now with so many ‘diffent sides of the family’ and so many ‘Christmases’ (5 or them!) we really have chaos more than tradition.  But I think the idea of forming your own new traditions is wonderful!

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