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A pair of tan Army boots.

Meaning of Army Boots Under a Christmas Tree?When soldiers are deployed during Christmastime, families will place a pair of boots under the tree as a symbol of the missing family member. This tradition also recalls St. Nicholas, who leaves presents in the boots of children left on the hearth.


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Christmas Ornament Gift TraditionThis is a page about starting a Christmas ornament gift tradition. Many families enjoy giving each person a new ornament every Christmas. If you don't already do this, it might be a fun tradition to start with your family this year.


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Christmas Pajama TraditionA fun Christmas eve tradition can be giving the gift of pajamas and then modeling them for a holiday photo. This is a page about starting a Christmas pajama tradition.


Santa holding a large magic key.

Santa's Magic Key Poem?This is a page about Santa's Magic Key poem. For those of us who don't have a chimney this cute poem lets Santa know we left a key.


A family opening present on Christmas morning around the tree.

Opening Presents on Christmas MorningThis is a page about opening presents on Christmas morning. Many families have a tradition that defines the opening of presents on Christmas morning.



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Creating a Christmas NewsletterThis is a page about creating a Christmas newsletter. The Christmas newsletter is a tradition that many of us like to continue. It is a great way of updating family and friends that we don't get to see very often.


Boxing Day Dinner

What is Boxing Day?This is a page about "What is Boxing Day?". Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated the day after Christmas and offers another gift giving opportunity.


A girl with a present on Christmas morning.

Christmas Morning TipsThis page contains Christmas morning tips. When the wait is finally over, enjoying family traditions can make this time very special for children and adults alike.


A couple making a heart with two candy canes

Taking Family Photos at ChristmasThis page is about taking family photos at Christmas. A good time to take family pictures is around the holidays.


A grandmother helping her granddaughter make a gingerbread house.

Family Christmas TraditionsThis page is about family Christmas traditions. There are many fun ways to start or maintain old holiday traditions.


Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf IdeasThis page contains Elf on the Shelf ideas. Having an Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition that many families have started to encourage good behavior around Christmas time and to have a few laughs too. He tends to get in a little bit of trouble when he hangs around the house though!


Printable advent calendar.

Printable Advent CalendarsThis is a page about printable advent calendars. Advent calendars are a fun way for the kids to countdown to Christmas Eve. Use these printable advent calendars as a great frugal option for you advent calendar this year.


Making a Yule Log

Making a Yule LogThis is a page about making a Yule Log. Burning a Yule Log is a tradition typically done on or around Christmas. It is most commonly used in European countries.


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Italian Christmas Celebration Ideas?We are tired of the traditional ham, potato, etc. meal for Christmas. The family decided to start an annual event of trying a different country each year to experience their culture.


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Christmas: Try a Mexican Meal InsteadWhen my children were small we would celebrate Christmas with my Mother, my Mother-in-law and Grandmother. By the time it came for our own celebration everyone was getting a little tired of the 'Turkey' and all the trimmings.


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12 Days Of Christmas BooksI do the 12 books of Christmas with my daughter. Throughout the 1st year of doing this, I collected used or new Christmas children's books from yard sales, thrift stores, etc. I wrapped them all and put them under the tree and beginning on Dec. 13th.


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Christmas Soup SwapCalorie Free Christmas! We try to keep things healthy at our house, so instead of a Christmas cookie exchange, we do a soup swap in our neighborhood. Each person brings six containers of their favorite soup.


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Happiest Times Are Spent with the Ones You LoveDuring the holidays we try to get some time to spend with my husband's nephew and family. I buy something that the 2 girls ages 9 and 10 can make while the adults chat. Their mother makes homemade cookies to give us.


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Twelve Days of Christmas SavingsOn the twelfth days of Christmas, my true love gave to me - savings. Try these holiday activities that bring people together and cost nothing but time.


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Bonnie's Christmas TraditionI grew up in a family of eight children so the holidays were always hectic. To calm the morning madness and make sure we all had the chance to see and open our presents ...



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The New Year's Angel To The RescueThe month of December is a stressful month for children. It leads to squabbling. My father said they opened 1 gift on Christmas and the rest on New Year's Day. The New Year's angel came to our house starting the first of December.


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Christmas CarolingOne of the things that our family enjoys most each Christmas season is to get together with other families for a night of good old fashioned Christmas caroling!


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Lois Ann's Christmas MemoryIt had been a particularly warm winter that year in the 1980s, no snow at all. The temps were extremely high for the Buffalo, New York region. Everyone was depressed because of the lack of snow.


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Stephenie's Favorite Christmas MemoryWhen we were growing up, the gifts that we exchanged with each other were wrapped in flyers (circulars) from stores like Kmart, Zellers and other places that had toys in the flyer.


Christmas Tradition: Taking Kids Shopping For PresentsWhen my niece was six years old, she wanted to buy her family gifts for Christmas. So I decided to tell her to start saving her money and we would go Christmas shopping the day she got out of school for Christmas break.


Christmas Tradition: Christmas EveOn Christmas Eve, my family has our two girls try to find the Christmas box Mrs. Santa left for them. It always contains a new set of pajama's. After they put on the pajamas, our family drives around town looking at Christmas lights and live nativity scenes in different neighborhoods. We've done this for 21 years and they still love this tradition that officially starts Christmas for them.


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Robin's Christmas TraditionThis year, on November 2nd, my father passed away. Needless to say, I miss my dad. It's Christmas time and he's not here, but I am grateful for all the Christmases I got to have with him.


Christmas Traditions: Making OrnamentsWhen I was a kid, I always wanted a themed Christmas tree like you see in stores or in the movies. We had the kind of tree with mismatched ornaments that had been handed down or picked up secondhand. No one can really afford to have all their ornaments match, right?


Christmas Tradition: Stockings From MomGrowing up we never had much money, but we always had a nice Christmas thanks to Mom. There were 4 of us kids and we got at least a few presents each, but it was very important to Mom that we had our stockings also.



Burlap Bag Advent CalendarI decided to get crafty and make my own advent calendar, since I was having trouble finding one that I liked. This calendar is very versatile simply made of 24 burlap bags, wooden clothes pins and rope. These small burlap bags are perfect for a piece of candy or a slip of paper with an activity you can do together as a family. I like to fill them with an activity but I like being able to choose to put a treat inside when I am feeling lazy. Each day I fill them before my kids open it, this way I can choose what I am in the mood for doing that day.


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Keys for Santa Organizations?Does anyone know of any organization collecting keys for children whose homes have no chimneys? I have a bunch to get rid of and would love to donate to this specific program.


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Wacky Fun Christmas Morning Traditions With Older Teens?I've always tried to make Christmas morning fun for my kids since they began to question Santa. They are in their late teens, but still come home for Christmas vacation.


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Legend of Santa's Magic Key?My husband and I play Santa and Mrs. Clause every year for our community and we have been getting stumped by a child's question of how did Santa get his magic key. We hand made our own painting of it so that we could present it, but we are unsure as to the legend of how Santa got his key.


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