Traditionally, on Wigilia, you should put a little hay under the tablecloth in honor of Christ being born in the manger. After dinner my dad tries to get us all to sing Polish Christmas carols, none of which we remember all the words to, while the kids get antsy to open presents, which are opened that night. When we were kids we went to Midnight Mass at the Catholic church. My parents still go, but we try to get home to get the kids to bed so Santa can come.
Christmas morning is always fun, last year the kids woke us up at 4 a.m. After presents are opened we head to my in-laws for breakfast cassarole, mimosas, and more gift exchanging. We relax and enjoy each other's company until the afternoon, then head out again to my husbands aunts house for Christmas dinner.
Its always a busy time of year for us, but always a special time. I am anxiously waiting for our new Elf on the Shelf to get here so I can start that tradition with the kids as well. What are some ways you celebrate the Holidays? What are your favorite traditions?