Holiday Traditions

brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 24 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Nov 9, 2023 9:10 AM

We are coming up on the holiday swing. Does your family have any unique traditions that you do this time of year? I'll go first.


Every Christmas Eve, everyone in my family gets our own personal "lovely cheese pizza" and watches Home Alone. 




Curly J Self Pwner in Training.
7,406 posts 111 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Nov 24, 2023 8:49 PM

Used to when my grand parents and parents were alive. Now we have none. For a few years now my sister has been making pasta for Christmas events. Maybe she's trying to start another one.

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 247 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Nov 25, 2023 10:40 AM

We've got a few that are still hanging on that I'll post as I think of them.

Number one: mom always made coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning before opening gifts. It's not always on Christmas morning, but whichever day we're staying with her and opening gifts she still makes the same coffee cake recipe.

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 165 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sat, Nov 25, 2023 10:52 AM
posted by justincredible

We've got a few that are still hanging on that I'll post as I think of them.

Number one: mom always made coffee cake for breakfast on Christmas morning before opening gifts. It's not always on Christmas morning, but whichever day we're staying with her and opening gifts she still makes the same coffee cake recipe.

Oh wow…my grandma made coffee cake every now and then. She passed away 20+ years ago and I had forgotten all about coffee cake even being a thing.

I loved that brown sugary goodness


BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 123 reps Joined Feb 2010
Mon, Dec 4, 2023 8:33 AM
posted by Ironman92

Oh wow…my grandma made coffee cake every now and then. She passed away 20+ years ago and I had forgotten all about coffee cake even being a thing.

I loved that brown sugary goodness


Coffee cake is one of my top cakes. Highly underrated.

8,788 posts 20 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Dec 4, 2023 8:33 PM

Wife and I started a few ones over the years.

We watch White Christmas at least once just before Christmas. The part from the general walking down the stairs in uniform to the end gets me every time. 

We make Tom and Jerry's and Molly Hogan's cocktails on Christmas eve. 

Our stockings are filled with lotto tickets and one gag or child gift from a joke from this year. 

friendfromlowry Senior Member
7,778 posts 86 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 9:56 AM

How do you guys do gifts for adults? I think buying gifts for other adults is a waste. I have a decent sized family, three siblings who are married along with my parents. A while back we switched to white elephant where we draw names and get a $25ish gift for that person and I’m very happy we did. 

I get stuff for my kids and my nieces and nephews but I don’t expect anything from anyone else or want to get them anything. 

My coworker once told me she got a purse for her mom for Christmas and her mom was mad it wasn’t fancy enough. Fuck right off with that. 

I’m not against adults getting stuff for other adults if they want to. I did get my parents something this year but I don’t always. I just think it’s weird if it’s expected. 

Also, my daughter is nine and likes Nintendo Switch games and I got her the newest Mario Party which I’m also looking forward to playing. Years of buying her Barbies and stuff for her kitchen set has finally paid off. 

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 11:48 AM

I buy for my parents, niece, nephew and GF, that's it.

My sister, BIL, and myself just decided to ditch getting each other gifts *fist pump*

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 12:29 PM

Only buy gifts for my parents and my kids. Probably time to at least start buying gifts for my brothers kids, but they also don’t buy for ours currently.

Am I a dick for not buying gifts for co-workers (3 older women under me). I don’t want anything from them and they don’t, and I doubt they want a $25 gift card for somewhere they don’t want. 

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 98 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 12:31 PM

I normally don't buy anything for coworkers. On one instance I had 8 merch reps working under me and I gave them all a $20 Starbucks gift card. They were all younger kids working their asses off, seemed like they appreciated it. 

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 165 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 12:44 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

How do you guys do gifts for adults? I think buying gifts for other adults is a waste. I have a decent sized family, three siblings who are married along with my parents. A while back we switched to white elephant where we draw names and get a $25ish gift for that person and I’m very happy we did. 

I get stuff for my kids and my nieces and nephews but I don’t expect anything from anyone else or want to get them anything. 

My coworker once told me she got a purse for her mom for Christmas and her mom was mad it wasn’t fancy enough. Fuck right off with that. 

I’m not against adults getting stuff for other adults if they want to. I did get my parents something this year but I don’t always. I just think it’s weird if it’s expected. 

Also, my daughter is nine and likes Nintendo Switch games and I got her the newest Mario Party which I’m also looking forward to playing. Years of buying her Barbies and stuff for her kitchen set has finally paid off. 

I like to do the white elephant game and buy something nice that everyone tries to jockey for during the game


justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 247 reps Joined Nov 2009
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 1:00 PM

We buy for our parents. We don't buy for her siblings, just their kids.

My wife buys little things for her direct reports. 

We don't even buy gifts for each other.

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
1,065 posts 16 reps Joined Mar 2015
Wed, Dec 20, 2023 6:19 PM

I bought everyone on the chatter ipads

24,621 posts 244 reps Joined May 2010
Thu, Jan 11, 2024 1:00 AM
posted by Automatik

I buy for my parents, niece, nephew and GF, that's it.

My sister, BIL, and myself just decided to ditch getting each other gifts *fist pump*

Knowing how cheap you are, very unsurprising. 


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