Thanks Irene for sharing your Christmas traditions with us. I think it would be fun for us all to share our traditions on the blog while we put our packages together to mail and wait for ours to arrive.
I live in Maine, but for the past several years we have not have a white Christmas -winter seems to be arriving later and later each year. We put up Christmas trees and decorate our houses with Christmas lights. On Christmas Eve we go to my daughter's house for a non-traditional supper - sometimes it's lobster stew, sometimes it's Chinese take-out - but it's always fun! On Christmas morning everyone comes to my house for a big brunch and the opening of way too many presents. During the week between Christmas and New Years we have a big party for all of our friends where we have a "Yankee Swap". Everyone brings a gift and each guest picks a number - #1 choses the first gift and opens it, then #2 can either 'steal' that gift away, or choose a wrapped gift from under the tree, #3 can 'steal' either gift or choose another one - and on it goes until everyone has a gift. Lots of laughs and fun.
So, tell us a little bit about your Christmas traditions!