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Christmas Traditions

“The rooms were very still while the pages were softly turned and the winter sunshine crept in to touch the bright heads and serious faces with a Christmas greeting.” ― Louisa May Alcott


Christmas is less than two weeks away. The sudden, cold weather shift in my area has had me reaching for my hat and gloves even before that first cup of coffee. Really, that’s saying a lot for me. I love the cold, but I also love to be bundled up like a little kid on their first snow day in it.

As an adult, it’s interesting to see my younger siblings enjoying the same traditions we grew up with, the ones I sometimes took for granted. It’s sort of like seeing things with fresh eyes.

“I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”— Louisa May Alcott

I thought that this week I’d share some of my family’s Christmas traditions, even the slightly weirder ones. 😉

1.) Opening one present on Christmas Eve:

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.”— Louisa May Alcott

It was usually something small, but I always remember looking forward to it as a child.

2.) Paintball Wars:

“I don’t like to doze by the fire. I like adventures, and I’m going to find some.”— Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

Paintball has been a holiday tradition in our family since I was thirteen. Christmas really isn’t Christmas anymore without it. There’s nothing that says family like hunting each other through snow drifts.

3.) Reading the Christmas story:

“The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother.”— Louisa May Alcott (Little Women (Little Women #1))

Every Christmas, before we open gifts, my dad reads the Christmas story. I love this tradition. It’s a great reminder of why we truly celebrate. It’s so easy to lose sight of it in the crazy, holiday rush.

4.) New Pajamas:

“but, dear me, let us be elegant or die.”— Louisa May Alcott (Little Women (Little Women #1))

Usually we receive a new set of pajamas for Christmas, and no one is shamed for wearing them all day, unless we leave the house… 😉

What are some of your Christmas traditions?



About Britta Valentine

saved by grace, writer of young adult fiction, and drinker of copious amounts of coffee

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