So we got up "early" to open presents in our pjs. Mom always puts our stockings around the room and we sit by our stockings to open presents. We have to open our stockings first which ALWAYS include oranges and mixed nuts still in the shells. We typically just put those back in the bowl on the kitchen counter where they came from the night before. This year was no different. We went around the circle, opening our stockings and then gifts in order and one at a time. I remember, just being silly, that every time I had a bow or ribbon on my present, I put it on my head or on my shirt. I randomly also found some Easter Bunny Ears on a headband and decided to wear that as well. It was a super fun Christmas. I also remember the neighbors coming to the house that morning and answering the door in my beautifully created Christmas outfit, bunny ears, bows & all. What a sight I must have been to the kids across the street, one of which was my age and a really cute guy I had had a crush on in high school. Not that I really cared or I wouldn't have opened the door in that attire. I'm pretty sure that since that time, every time my family opened Christmas presents together, I would put the bows & ribbons on my head and I think my sister did too but maybe it was just me. :0)
So fast forward some 17 years and this past week at our San Diego office Christmas party, amongst my fellow coworkers and missionaries, my first instinct when I opened my present was to put the tied ribbon on my head. I wore it around the rest of the night. When anyone made a comment, I just explained it was a family Christmas tradition.
What are some of your crazy or time-honored Christmas family traditions?