Some of the simplest traditions end up making some of the best little memories. The holidays are full of traditions; from parties, family dinners, decorating. Then comes Christmas morning and some of the most treasured traditions are put in place.
Growing up, my brother and I would wake-up super early Christmas morning and who ever was up first would wake the other up. We would creep down the stairs and first check out the tree with all the presents underneath. Then we’d come into the living room and gaze at our stocking which were always overflowing with little wrapped gifts, so many that some wouldn’t even fit in the stockings and would be placed on the floor. We’d still be cozy in our PJs and full of excitement, but we’d keep the lights off and sit on the couch, forcing ourselves to wait until at least 7am before we forced our parents to get up! My brother and I would discuss what we hoped we’d get and be so eager to open our gifts, yet we never wanted it to go by too fast. When we open (still do) our presents, we open them slowly, to savor the moments and keep Christmas morning going as long as possible! The funny thing is though, our stocking were what we treasured most.
From little trinkets, notepads, candy, little stuffed animals, the stocking stuffers were our favorites! We would open dig into our stocking as we dug into the bagels, doughnuts, and hot chocolate my father would get us for our Christmas breakfast.
As our Christmas mornings have evolved now, our mornings are slower, a little less whimsical, but still one of my favorite holiday moments. The stockings are still the best too, and I will always hold that tradition near to my heart. My dad no longer gets us (me) bagels and doughnuts (you know, celiac!), but will still enjoy a comforting breakfast which always includes loads of coffee now! The gifts we get have changed to more practical things as well, but still fun non-the-less. One thing that is always included in all our stocking is New Jersey Lottery tickets. We always place the tickets aside until the rest of the stocking was opened, and then go back and prepare to see what was on those scratch off cards! We grab a coin, pour over the directions and double, triple check, the numbers and symbols we revealed. We’ve never had any BIG wins, but $5 here, $20 there, sometimes we are pretty satisfied. It is always fun to see who will shout-out first that they won something! Before we continue on with any of the “real” Christmas presents under the tree, we all exchange our lottery tickets and make sure no one accidentally missed something; giving each card a set of fresh eyes to search for those possible winnings.
Our Christmas morning traditions have changed over the years, but it is one of the most treasured few hours I look forward to each year. Now we include NJ Lottery Tickets and so can you! Available in all different holiday themes (not just Christmas) and price points ($1, $2, $5, $10), they make the perfect cheerful little gift. You never know, that little gift may turn out to be a BIG one 😉 Then hopefully if you’re not the big winner, your loved one will share some with you…unless of course, Santa was the one who left them for you!
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So tell me:
+ What are some of your Christmas morning traditions?
+ If there one type of gift you always give or get?
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