One of my best friends goes to college across the country so we don’t see each other as much. So we combine Halloween, Thanksgiving and Xmas, calling it “Hallowthanksmas”. We put up a tree, TP it, eat a big dinner and tell ghost stories followed by presents.
Instead of filling stockings, we started the Christmas Eve Treasure Hunt 14 years ago. We turn out all the lights, give the girls flashlights and they solve nutty clues to find presents hidden throughout the house. Still doing it and they are 19, 17 & 17.
My entire family hates my aunt’s husband. Every Christmas after they leave, my mom gives out a fake Oscar to whoever just did the best job of pretending they like him.
Each Christmas, we take “candid” laughing shots that are 100% ENTIRELY staged.
My husband replaces the baby in the nativity scene at his parents’ house with a block of cheese and labels it Baby Cheesus.
My grandma used to serve cranberry sauce from the can as a whole and left it that way. Since my grandma is gone we always have a can shape cranberry sauce as out centerpiece. Even though no one likes or eats it.
My Dad and his 11 brothers & sisters turned my deceased Grandpas Prostetic leg into a “Kindness Trophy” & is awarded to a different family member each year to display in their home.
Santa always got left soda with his cookies, not milk because “maybe he’s tired of all that milk” according to my lactose intolerant father
Every year since my youngest was born, we take a “stack of boys” picture in their Christmas jammies- this is my favorite
Every year my family sets each other’s phone backgrounds and we have to keep them until next year. So my brother will have shirtless (modern-day) John Travolta staring at him until 2019.
One year, after Xmas, my Mom got so upset with us ignoring the dried out tree, she grabbed it herself and threw it onto the lawn. Now we have a tree-tossing contest each year.
My mom & dad were bored of always writing “from mom & dad” on gift tags so they started making some of our gifts from famous people as a clue to what’s inside. One year I got a gift from Barry Manilow. It was a sewing machine cause he’s a SINGER.
We decorate the cat’s tree.
Every year we order Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve, because of a contract my parents signed about ten years ago. They have yet to disappoint
Every Christmas my dad prints off my brother’s entire search history from the past year and makes it into a book for the family’s entertainment.
one year our star broke on Christmas eve, so we made an emergency angel using a picture of my sister, some toilet roll tubes and pipe cleaners. the tradition stuck so now we put this really bad angel on top of the tree every year
My dad’s a police officer so he wraps his gifts in Official evidence bags
We don’t do elf on the shelf, we play place the pilgrim. We steal my moms praying thanksgiving pilgrim and leave him around the house until someone finds him. This year he has made his appearance as ‘the 4th wiseman’. No one has noticed.
For the past several years, my family and I spend hours putting together gingerbread houses with the single purpose of blowing them up worth fireworks for new years.
My mom wants to be sure she spends exactly the same amount for each kid. One year I got a check for $31.27 as the “balance” cause she spent that much more on my brother’s gifts.