Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

It’s that time of year again…’tis the season to be jolly… 

When people think of Christmas it may mean different things to different people. Celebrating Christmas is unique to each family. We all cherish favorite family traditions and memories from our childhood and some of those very same traditions with our own children today. As we consider Christmas and our Savior's birth here at Primitive Star Quilt Shop, our team would like to share some of our traditions/memories with you, our readers! 

Some words/phrases that come to mind when I think of Christmas are: Jesus, family, friends, food, Christmas decorating, warm fires, lit candles, cookie baking, late night Christmas shopping, Christmas music, and memory making. One of the things our family has done for several years is go to the movies on Christmas Eve. Grandpa, Grandma, Aunts and cousins all go with us and we pick a movie we all would enjoy! It is so much fun and always full of laughs. There is always a joy filled spirit while we are picking out our candy, drinks, and popcorn! And yes we are excited to see a movie but we are more excited we all are in one place doing it together! We then drive back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for appetizers, celebrate Jesus with a birthday cake, and open a few presents. There‘s nothing more precious to me than sharing Christmas and the birth of my Savior with my sweet family! ~Maura Osborn

 My favorite part of Christmas is the music! Music always touches my spirit, and I love celebrating Jesus and His birth in song. This year in doing Advent with our children, we have been singing, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". It has been an encouragement to my heart as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. I love hearing my children, even my little 3 year old, try to sing the words! It is a special time for our family to sing and listen to Christmas music- even some of our fun favorites like "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"! Christmas music is high on my list each year and I always look forward to singing and listening to it! ~Amy Petz 

 One of my favorite things about Christmas is spending time with my family. We always have a big dinner either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and then open presents and play games. It is so relaxing to be with my husband and kids and get a break from the busyness of everyday life. I also enjoy the baking and cooking with my daughter. It is a lot of work but Amber, who is 22, still gets all excited when we make cookies. Another thing I look forward to is hearing from many family and friends with updates on their lives. ~Cindy Jenney 

 One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making cut out cookies with my mom. Mom and I bake them and my brothers help with the frosting. I look forward to this every year and it is so much fun to be able to spend precious time with my family. ~Amber Jenney 

 One of my favorite things about Christmas is spending extra special time with family. As a child growing up, we always spent Christmas Eve at my Grandpa and Grandma’s house. The cousins would all have a slumber party in one of the bedrooms and the adults would stay up late talking over hot chocolate. Once my sisters and I started getting married and having kids, we transitioned to staying the night at my parents. Our kids have enjoyed the same slumber party with their cousins. Our youngest child is now 20 years old and they all still look forward to staying the night at Grandpa and Grandma’s house with their cousins and aunts and uncles. Each year the grandkids don nativity clothing and act as Mary, Joseph, sheperds, angels and wiseman as the story of Christ being born in a manger is read aloud from Luke 2. This year there will be 21 of us! My husband and I just found out our first grandchild is expected to be born in June. Another chapter in our family is beginning and maybe someday down the road our kids will bring their kids to our home and continue the Christmas Eve family slumber party. ~Jacki Alcorn 

We pray that as you gather around your table this Christmas with your families and as memories are made and traditions are plentiful that it would be filled with much joy and peace. 

Here are our gals. 
Jacki got us all sweatshirts for Christmas that say Primitive Star Quilt Shop!