Dear Friends....it has been great fun to read about your favorite holiday traditions. I thought I would share mine with you. Every year at our Christmas dinner, I set the table with our finest china and silver. At each place-setting, I put a Christmas Cracker.
Christmas Crackers are a British tradition. They are colorful paper favors filled with small gifts, a crown and a joke. We each pop open our cracker before dinner and take turns sharing our jokes while we each place our crowns on our heads. Lots of laughter ensues!
After dinner we all gather around the fireplace and the kids (now grown) open their stockings. Each stocking is filled with small essentials like soaps, gum, chocolates, socks, a kitchen tool or toolbox tool....all sorts of small things that fit nicely into their stocking. I think they have more fun opening these than anything.
Christmas music plays all day and a fires are kept burning in the fireplaces for the whole day. The house is warm and inviting and full of love!