Santa’s Lap, Fun Gifts and Family Traditions

Looks as if Santa’s not quite ready for Christmas, but neither am I.

Well, I’ve got my tree up, but it’s not decorated.  I’ve been staring at the closet where all my Christmas knickknacks are, but I haven’t opened it.  However, after the rare Houston, Texas snow last Friday, I will admit it kind of jump started me into the spirit.  So I went shopping.

I squeezed through crowded aisles and found gifts.  Some are real gifts, like clothes or toys for my granddaughter, and then the rest are fun gifts.  Yes, fun gifts.  You see, at the Craig (AKA Hunter) house, Christmas is a little different.  I say that, but actually, I think every family has their own traditions. But fun presents at the Craig house is just one of the slightly different traditions of my semi-whacky family.

You see, at gift opening time, we sit in a big circle and take turns opening gifts.  Every present has a clue written on it and before a person can open a gift, he or she has to read the clue and try to figure out what it is.  If stumped, everyone will join in and try to guess.  And I admit the crazier the clue is the better the time we have.  So, in addition to the real gifts, we actually go out and buy crazy gifts to we can have some crazy, crack-you-up-laughing clues.  So there’s lots of laughter.

The second thing we do differently every year is that the whole family and anyone visiting will meet up at the mall and have Santa pictures taken.  I have pictures of my mom, my dad, even my grandmother sitting on Santa’s lap.










I remember after my eighty-year-old grandmother got up, she looked at me, smiled and said, “Well, that was a first?”

“What?” I asked.

She answered, “I’ve never sat on Santa’s lap before.”

I remember when my son was still in the oven, and there I was on Santa’s knee, big as house.  And let me tell you, my kids hated doing this when they were teens.  Hated it!  But they still did it, and I have the pictures to prove it.

Now that they are grown, the first thing they do at Christmas is start looking at the Santa pictures.


So, are you ready for Christmas?  What Crazy traditions to you have? One person who shares, will get a $25 Amazon card.




19 thoughts on “Santa’s Lap, Fun Gifts and Family Traditions

  1. My mom and grandmother always give Christmas ornaments, my Christmas tree is filled with wonderful Christmas memories.
    Making Christmas cookies and the house smelling like Christmas.Now with my chrildren making ornaments is orhers.

  2. Every Christmas me and my kids send off balloons to heaven to their dad that that passed away to soon. That is his present to let him know we miss and love him. Also Christmas dinner we always set a plate of food for him.

  3. My crazy Christmas tradition is probably ‘Dress up and Fess up’. This is when my family and I dress as our favorite Christmas character and sit around in a circle and share the stupidest, wackiest, or rudest thing we did all year. We use this as a way to find out who should get coal and whoever wins gets to pick the coal receiver. Of course, it is not real coal, just the bubble gum coal! This tradition is usually thrilling and enjoyable and we may not know who is telling the truth or not, but it is still fun!

  4. When we were kids, Christmas Eve we would go out to my Grandparents house and after dinner & it was dark out we would go for a Christmas Walk. And by the time we got back Santa would have come. We have since passed the tradition on to my children and when we are at my parents (their grandparent’s) house we go for our Christmas Walk. There is something special about it, especially when it’s snowing you can just feel it in the air… Merry Christmas to you & yours!!

  5. My family doesn’t have any crazy traditions, but I would like to start doing a Star Wars pajama family photo for Christmas. 🙂

  6. Oh my, I love that tradition! It’s similar to ours. We all buy one gift and then draw numbers to see what order you get to pick your gift but you can “steal” a gift someone has already chosen if you choose to do so. Our gifts have evolved into silly gifts, which is where our similarity begins. One year I got a Yank Me Candle, lol…look it up. This year I want to change our game up a bit and we have to roll a dice and that tells us what we can do….switch gifts, steal a gift, etc. But I love your tradition and I need to bring that idea up to my family. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  7. Oh Boy! I have many Christmas traditions with the fam!
    we all watch a repeat of the movie The Santa Clause and Elf.
    We also wear ugly sweaters and it pretty much looks like Christmas threw up all over us:) The food is the best part especially desserts that we eat every Christmas like chocolate chip cookies, banana cream pie and rice putting.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  8. My family and I always put the Christmas tree and ornaments up together. We all have grown up to know that Santa is…. not as real as we thought him to be so when we give our mom our x-mas list we kinda already know what we are going to get. But when we open the presents we pretend that we didn’t know and totally dramatize it by screaming things like “this is what I’ve always wanted!!!” It makes Christmas a whole lot funnier.

  9. When I was growing up, Christmas was a big deal in our house. It’s my dad’s favorite holiday. He had a very large garage filled with Christmas decorations that went in every room of the house and took more than a week to completely unwrap and set up. My stepmom always insisted on a real tree so the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we would all go to dinner and go get our tree at a Christmas tree lot. My stepmom would make hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies and put on my dad’s Motown Christmas CDs and we would spend hours decorating the tree while our dad told us where he’s gotten each ornament and how long he’d had it (yes, he told the same stories every year). We had such a great time together, especially making fun of my dad and his nostalgia.

    Now my parents live in another state so it’s just me and my husband Alex during the holidays. Christmas is a much quieter affair, but we always put up a Christmas tree and each get a new ornament every year (Alex usually gets a Star Wars ornament and most of the time mine is a Beauty and the Beast one).

  10. Since we’re spread all over (I come from a family of 8 kids. It used to be my dad’s tradition to make stollen (pronounced SCH-O-LEN) a German Christmas coffee cake/sweet bread. One year, he made 27 loaves of it. One of my sisters told him he made too many. My dad said “You can never have too much stollen!” As he went to put yet another loaf in the freezer one fell out onto his toe!

  11. My family and I usually watch our favorite Christmas movies, make Christmas cookies, and decorate the Christmas Tree together every year.

  12. My favorite Christmas tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve. We always turn off the lights at the end of the service and sing Silent Night as the last hymn and light candles. Each person holds their own candle and it looks like a glowing sea of candlelight. It’s extremely peaceful! Then there is always Christmas cookie decorating with my Grandma and board games at some point along the way!

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