Christmas Traditions

Like other families we have our own traditions that take place every year, especially Christmas traditions. Every year on Christmas Eve we go to Grandmas house. There everyone in the family is present: aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on. We exchange presents and spend the evening talking and laughing. Then we come home to decorate cookies for Santa. Every year for as long as I can remember we have waited until Christmas Eve night to decorate our cookies for Santa. We all - Mom, my sisters, brother, and I - gather around the kitchen table to decorate while Dad watches. Even when we burn the cookies and they turn out horrible Dad still eats them like they are delicious! Then before bedtime Mom and Dad would let us open one present. It was always so hard to decide which one to open.
When we were kids we would all sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. It was so hard to get to sleep because we where so excited thinking and talking about Santa's arrival. Then we would wake up extremely early to open presents. Now my sisters, brother, and I don't sleep in the same room together on Christmas Eve, but we all still get up on Christmas morning excited to exchange presents.
After presents at home we all enjoy breakfast. Then our morning is filled with a whirlwind of activities as we all get ready to go back to Grandmas house for an early Christmas dinner with the whole family.
What are some of your holiday traditions?


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