I absolutely love Traditions!!!
Decorating the Tree! With Candles and All!
I love to decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving! And I can never wait to get a tree! Growing up we always had candles and a pickle on our tree, and that is one tradition I still keep! ( We just don't light the candles now)
Here is one tradition my aunt Betty started and shared with my family!
The story behind them are that right after Thanksgiving Santa sends them to your home and they watch to make sure your kids are being good. Then at night they go back to the North Pole and report back to Santa and tell them how the kids are doing. The next day your elf returns and he is also in a different hiding spot (you hide them some place else each day and your kids look for him). But, the kids can't touch him or he might lose his magic powers.
Then one we always did growing up, is the Advent Wreath and Advent Calender!
The Advent Wreath Adventskranz is set up on the first Advent Sunday (the fourth before Christmas) to start off the Advent season. You gather around the wreath on each Advent Sunday to light the next candle and sing Christmas carols and read stories.I love this tradition because it draws you closer together as a family. We also got Emerson a book called Jingle with a dog that barks to read each Sunday, so he has something fun too!
Then St.Nicholas Day (Sankt Nikolaus) is the night of the 5th
The kids put out their boot on the night of the 5th, and on the morning of the 6th they get their boot filled by St.Nick! This was always a favorite of my brothers and I!