PCHers Look Back at Their Holiday Traditions

A Happy Holiday Hello, Searchers!

It’s “the most wonderful time of the year” here at PCH, and with the holidays fast approaching, I thought I’d explore some of the special and unique holiday traditions my fellow PCHers have enjoyed throughout the years.

Amanda C.’s memory is so cozy it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling just telling you about it:
Every year since I was a little girl,” she relates, “my brother, sister and I crawl into bed with my mom and read the holiday book Santa’s Mouse. We even take turns reading certain pages. It’s our little family tradition, we’ve never missed a year, and I love it.”

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PCHer Sally S.’s tradition involves that merry old gent, Santa Claus: She explains, “Our children’s’ gifts were loaded into his large sack at the North Pole and were deposited under our Christmas tree without being wrapped.  Our children were wide eyed and so excited when they came down the stairs and saw all the toys displayed at once.  This was a tradition passed down from my childhood.”

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Matt K.’s tradition also includes Santa: “Every Christmas Eve, my parents drove my little brother and me over to our grandparents’ house for a surprise visit from Santa Claus! My brother and I never questioned why we had to hide in my mom’s old bedroom when we heard Santa enter the house, or why Santa sounded a lot like my grandpa when he talked to my dad about us – we were too excited about getting presents to care!”

Carol W. and Jane M. both share traditions involving food. Carol tells us, “For Christmas Eve Dinner, we follow the ‘Italian’ tradition of cooking 7 fishes on Christmas Eve – starting with shrimp cocktail and baccala (codfish) salad, then stuffed baked clams with anchovies, followed by zuppa di pesci (seafood stew) which contains mussels, calamari, more shrimp and clams over linguine, then baked lobster stuffed with crabmeat!” (Yum, Carol, can I come over to your house?)

Jane M. adds, “My three sisters and I would decorate the cutout butter cookies mom baked. We would dye the icing different colors, frost the cookies, and then go to work adding sprinkles, maybe a ‘red hot’ candy on Rudolph’s nose, or some silver ball candies on the Christmas trees. Mom sure was smart to cover the kitchen table with old newspapers before we started!”

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MaryBeth H. had a unique holiday tradition while growing up. She says, “At Christmas-time, my aunts in Brooklyn would display a little stuffed-toy kitten with one eye missing. It was originally the plaything of my eldest brother, Patrick. Every year, my aunt would dress it in a different ‘themed’ outfit (cowboy, biker, etc.). The missing eye was replaced with a rhinestone button.”

Laurel U.’s family’s holiday celebration was more traditional: “Since my parents both worked real hard all year, our Christmas tradition was really just about being together.  I remember driving to my Aunt’s house for the big Christmas Eve celebration – singing holiday songs with my sister in the back seat – and anticipating the first glimpse of her beautiful Christmas tree.  It was a moment I looked forward to all year.”

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I have a tradition I enjoy a lot. I love to travel and I’ve made friends all over the world. So, when the holidays arrive, my friends and I exchange wall calendars. I send them calendars filled with photos of beautiful American landscapes, and they send me calendars with photos of their countries, like Australia and Scotland. We all get to enjoy a special gift that lasts all year long!

Holiday traditions are fun, aren’t they? And, since this is a PCHSearch&Win blog, I’d like to tell you how you can start a new holiday tradition at your home AND win some amazing prizes! By visiting PCHSearch&Win! Because with your first search of the day, after logging in, you’ll be entered to win the incredible PCH SuperPrize. Imagine all the new traditions you could start with all that dough!

Why not search for some scrumptious cookie recipes and begin a fun holiday baking tradition, like at Jane’s house? Or, search for the lyrics to holiday carols and start singing, like Laurel used to do? Or, maybe take a cue from my tradition of a calendar exchange, and search online retailers for a beautiful calendar to send to a friend who lives far away?

Whatever tradition you start, may it warm your heart and the hearts of those you love for years to come, and provide beloved memories that last a lifetime.

With best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Debbie K.

PCH Creative

P.S. What holiday traditions do you have at your home? Comment below – we’d love to hear from you!


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Bonnie Simpson said...

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kim king said...

He creation above all things on this earth.Give praises to the Lord for all children.

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Dorothy Martin said...

Hi Danielle we never had a tradition the only thing I remember is my mom dressed up like data claus one year my family was poor I got a raggedy Ann doll one time for Christmas but me and my kids we would make cookies for Santa and put a glass of milk out for him and I would go in the kitchen when the kids were asleep and drank the milk and eat the cookies.well needless to say my kids were so excited knowing that Santa came.but I felt bad for Santa#### :-) :-) :-) but I’m sure he got some milk out the refrigerator because it was half full and that morning I was the first one up and the milk was empty in the fridge lol.well haven’t done that in almost 10 years but I’m praying that next year me and my kids will be together and we can do this again.well hope everyone at publishers clearinghouse and all your families have a blessed Christmas and a happy New year.

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cruz Castaneda Castillo said...

Have a nice. Merry to old peoples and kids are. Old. Need. Have. A good merry God blessed this kids for a merry christmas God bless them the years merry christmas to the world. And a big blessed

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Natasha Davis said...

Hi Debbie and thanks for sharing everyone’s Christmas traditions. I would like to start one, (sending Christmas cards to family –> letting them know I love them and even send gifts not only for Christmas throughout the year=).
Thanks again Debbie and Happy Holidays=)***

P.S. I am searching for ways to make a change…. thank you!!!

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Yvette Cabiness said...

The pictures are so beautiful, and the one thing I pray and that is to remember the blessings and the giving everyday, not just for this season…Love to you all

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robin dausey said...

We have always opened are presents on Christmas eve and had ham or turkey on Christmas day!!!

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June Evans said...

Presents were open on Chistmas
morn when I was growing up. When I married it was changed to
Christmas eve.

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June Evans said...

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Dennis williams said...

Opened our presents on Christmas eve after everyone e left our open house where all of our family friends and relatives came over to our house. Santa was always there and we got up on Christmas morning to find what he had left for us! It is my favorite time of year! We always have a party the weekend prior to Christmas wit friends and family!

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Joyce Crowl said...

Hi Edwin one of my holiday memories growing up was playing Christmas music and singing songs and all of us decorate our Christmas tree together. We would have cookies and milk on Christmas eve before we went to bed and left some for Santa.

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Vanessa Holsclaw said...

Getting ready to start baking and wrapping. I will search in between. My entry’s aren’t going through. My life is falling apart. I’m laughing to keep from crying . Love Christmas. So hard without my Dad here.Hope everyone at PCH has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Deborah Fannon said...

Some fun things we use to do was have the nativity set up hide baby Jesus and on Christmas morning have my son look for it and when he found the baby Jesus he put Him in the manger. I would bake a cake and we would sing Happy Birthday To Jesus, We hold hands and pray Thanking God for sending the Light of the World Jesus to rescue us, we sing Christmas songs like Mary Did You Know? and Joy To The World, read the Bible account of Christ Birth mostly in the gospel of Luke but sometimes we would read Mathew and sometimes both,taking turns, my Grandmother and I reading the female parts and my husband and son reading the male parts (ie shepherds)acting out the parts as we read. We use to do a Christmas play, me and my grandmother playing the female part or parts, Mary,Elizabeth,Anna and sometimes an angel :) and my husband and son Joseph,baby Jesus, the shepherds,the wise men, sometimes Zechariah and Simeon. We used a baby doll wrapped in a blanket(swaddling clothes) for Baby Jesus most of the time.We would open up any gifts we had and have a delicious meal together. I read a magazine that suggested when you catch your children being thoughtful on their own, you give them some hay or straw to place in Baby Jesus Manger to make it soft( for younger children) I thought that was sweet. One other thing we use to do is go to a living nativity scene at a church where they had a live donkey and people dressed like Mary and Joseph, sometimes a real baby would play Jesus unless it was to cold outside the church would serve hot chocolate. Christmas ( even though it may not be the original day Jesus was born) is the day Real True Love came into this world. Emmanuel=God With Us… P.S. They have these cool ornaments called Adorenaments to keep Christ In Christmas if interested Google it

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William Bowens said...

Christmas time is the best time of the year.Not only because it is Christmas,but remember the Lord. Jesus also has a lot to do with Christmas.So PCH bring me my big check gift.

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William Bowens said...

PCH bring me my Christmas gift.Make it $1Million a year for life.

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Kanika Loeung said...

I like all pictures above.

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JENNIE PICARDEL said...

First I like to say i like all the pictures you posted up,But for me at this time of the year is very stressful for me,I cant wait till these holidays are over just that I love my grandkids so much that i cant even get them anything im one broke person it hurts me so much.So everyone enjoy the Holidays Merry Christmas.

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Tina Thomas said...

I can remember making cranberries taking a needle and stringing them to put on the tree and colored popcorn and stringing them with a needle and thread the fun of making our own Christmas ornament’s those days are gone, it’e let’s buy these ornament’s hey that’s great but i wish as parent’s bring back sit down all of them and do some of the old thin’s bring back Christmas Reading the book of Jesus birth, boy right now as is i sit here with you i shared some of my memories that those day’s we had when we were little God Bless You All PCH .

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Sonja Middleton said...

I never had a great Christmas as a child. No one cared enough to make my Christmas special. My Christmas traditions are ones I made up for my cold and my grandchild. On Christmas Eve, we talk about the true meaning of Christmas and then the children open one gift. I try my best to make my family happy. My daughter and grandson are pottery much all I have.
I just want to say for once I would like to see a poor person like me win. The people I’ve seen have nice things already. No one who lives in neighborhoods like mine ever win. Thank you for the opportunity to speak this. Pray for my gadfly this day and I will Patti for yours.
Happy holidays.

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Sonja Middleton said...

Typos….
Child not cold
Family not gadfly
Pray not Patti
Happy holidays

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Barbara said...

EDWIN PLEASE FOR CHRISTMAS MY PRIZE PATROL PLEASE THANKS :)

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Catherine Frye said...

When I was a little girl we use to live on a farm. At Christmas time we were very excited! My dad use to cut down the biggest Christmas tree that he could. We would make a lot of Christmas decorations for our tree. Just before bedtime, my mom would make gingerbread cookies and hot chocolate for Santa Clause. He would leave it on the table for him!

We would write letters to Santa telling him what we wanted and my mother would take the letters to the post office (we thought). I had three sisters and one brother. We would always get what we wanted. Us (girls) would always get doll babies, coloring books and dishes and my brother would get trucks, cars and a bike. We had a lot of fun!

Later in the evening all of my cousins would come to dinner. We would always have country ham, turkey, mash potatoes, potato salad, a lot of different kinds of fresh greens, candid yams, fresh baked rolls, different kinds of home-made desserts. It was a “big feast”! We also sang Christmas carols, we had a jolly time celebrating together!

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Lois Hussey said...

the magic of Christmas is within the heart..I have several “magic” memories,oneof which I was about tofall asleep and the bedroom door opened and Santa stood there and waved to me,then shut the door and I heard the “HO HO HO”..When I got out of my shock,IU ran to the door,opened it and there was no one there..Another was at a friends house,both times I was about 6-7 years old,and there was no snow on the ground..We really believed he needed snow to show,and then it started tosnow,you would not belive how happy we were..Now that I am 61,could you makemy magic come true,because now I need YOU PCH to show up andmake mebeieve YOU ARE TRUE!!I’m ready to WIN!!!!

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PaulaHoule said...

Paula Houle’s missing/not receiving quite a few’pch@superprize’emails/send?
’12-21-13′.

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Kanika Loeung said...

Have a happy weekend.

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PaulaHoule said...

’777′where in the world’s my ‘pch@superprize’ emails none ’7′ days/send?’PaulaHoule:meanolpaulaldy@comcast.net

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sandra page said...

One holiday tridition at my house frowning up was all the adults and older kids got to stay up until 12: 00pm to open their gifts.And it was triditinal to leave some desert’s on the table for Santa.

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