"The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation."
Every family has traditions, from what they eat for Christmas Dinner (we eat Prime Rib), to when they open their gifts, to when who they spend the holiday with, they are part of what makes the Christmas season so fun.
A lot of our traditions centered around the Christmas goodies that Mom made every year. She would make fudge, divinity, Penuche and butterscotch rolls. Dad would make fruit bread. Every Christmas Eve Mom would make plates of goodies and we would take them to the neighbors.
The only candy I learned to make was the fudge. Each year I make 3 flavors and send it to missionaries and family. Leanne & I also take it to work, a tradition Mom started many years ago.
This years batches of fudge was a little late. I was busy with another tradition. This year I made the traditional chocolate, peanut butter Chocolate and butterscotch.
Another tradition that started more recently, after Mom & Dad moved to Arizona.
Every year we get together with our extended family for Christmas Eve dinner(ham & funeral potatoes, with assorted side dishes),singing "I Heard Him Come", the reading of the Christmas story from Luke and a visit from Santa.
Each of the children sit on Santa's lap and are given a goody bag and a present that has been provided by the parents. After the kids are taken care of, the adults exchange handmade gifts. Everyone that wants to participate makes a gift to give to the others. Its always fun to see what everyone comes up with each year.
This is a gift I made for some people on my Christmas list. Its an exploding Picture box. I will post pictures of the gift I am making for Christmas Eve after the party, since I would hate to ruin the surprise for anyone.Christmas breakfast at Dad's house is a longstanding tradition. We will have scrambled eggs, bacon and the traditional butterscotch pull apart., before we go to Tom's house.