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A tradition beginning in a European country originally,
children simply used one of their everyday socks,
but eventually special Christmas stockings
were created for this purpose
The Christmas Tree-
decorated real or artificial, and
a Christmas tradition
The Door Wreath-
symbolizing the coming of Christ,
aka the Advent season in Christianity
They are customarily built by children
as part of a family project in celebration of winter
Some of my Christmas memories:
We grew up in a Swedish family
and celebrated Christmas Eve with a
large family gathering and the
exchanging of family gifts
after we ate dinner
The dinner sometimes consisted of
a Swedish Smorgasbord
My grandmother would say the
blessing in Swedish.
As kids we never really knew what
she was saying, but boy did she say it well!
There was corn pudding, Swedish meatballs,
lutfisk - fish in a jar (yuck), limpa bread with lingonberry jam,
dates rolled in powered sugar, bread pudding,
scalloped potatoes and chicken,
sauerkraut, and other family favorites
One of my mom's favorite sayings
was: "But we have to feed the people"
With 6 kids in our family
we had a massive amount of
gifts under our tree
The youngest kid usually
was appointed "Santa"
to pass out all the gifts to everyone else
Some of us other kids would usually
get up and help Santa
Christmas morning found our gifts from
Santa under the Christmas tree.
I remember so clearly the little hand written
signs with black marker with our names
on them. They were large signs and were
placed in front of our "pile" of gifts from Santa
(Of course it was my dad's writing on those signs)
Santa never wrapped up gifts for our house
(our parents were too pooped after
wrapping all the family gifts that
were handed out on Christmas Eve).
Christmas day would be a little
bit slower paced and end with
a nice ham dinner
Are you ready for Christmas?
What are some of your family traditions?
remember:Jesus is the reason for the season