(sorry hubs--i know you said to rest but i have these thoughts to get out before i do)
what are your holiday traditions? please share.
here are some of ours:
now (w/ hubs and kids)
we make a decorate sugar cookies; we hide a pickle ornament in the tree (it's a german thing where you hang a pickle ornament in the tree on christmas eve and the one that finds it christmas morning gets an extra little present); when the kids were toddlers we started buying advent calendars for them (another german thing) and we've also started doing it for the niece and nephews; the kids usually get to open two presents from us on christmas eve--pajamas and a book; we've had a christmas party for i think about four years now, nope actually i think it's five? really? wow. (please confirm for those of you who've been to all of them); we watch the bass & rankin classics; we go to tanglewood to see the lights (well, not every single year but most); the kids and i often make something (ornaments); we share the memories and stories that belong to each of our special ornaments.
then (when i was a kid)
my dad painted our windows w/ holiday scenes; we decorated cookies; we listened to christmas music (most of which i still love and play thanks to some cds my brother made of my parent's records a few years ago); we watched bass & rankin classics; my mom made russian tea cookies and we'd make fudge and potato candy.