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December 24 2013 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: Just 1 Present  
24th Happy Christmas Eve! For some reason it has become tradition in our house to celebrate on Christmas Eve. Originally, we didn't. Originally, we played carols and baked and then we got to open just 1 Christmas present. I don't even think this was because we couldn't wait. I think it was all my dad's doing. He didn't want to wait. My mom's solution to this was to pull out the warm sleep socks that she'd bought us and we'd get to open those which as a kid is something of a let down.

Then we started doing our family Christmas on Christmas Eve because we'd get together with extended family on Christmas day. Now it is always the Sunday after so I'm not entirely sure why we celebrate on Christmas Eve except my mom likes to go to the local Christmas dinner on the 25th.

And guess what just 1 gift turned into? Yep, we not open all our gifts on Christmas Eve though stockings are for Christmas Day. I think, should I ever have kids of my own, I'll change that back to Christmas Day.

Still, I do love our Christmas traditions of Armenian goodies, friends and family and lots of happy memories.

What kind of Christmas traditions (or Hanukkah) do you have?
girlspell: kitty come heregirlspell on December 24th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
I know other people that open up their gifts on Christmas Eve. It seems to be half and half. I think the tradition of the night before though is European. The morning of is very American. Most countries in Europe have it the night before. Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7. The most important holiday (other then Easter) to them is New Years Day. That was left over from the Soviet Union rule which was secular and down played Christmas. So after the end of Soviet rule, it remains that way.

I'm not a Christian, so I don't celebrate. We have Hanukkah, but it's really a very minor Jewish holiday. It's just the gift giving and lighting of candles. Especially this year when it happened the night before Thanksgiving. You'd blink and it would be gone. All 8 days of it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 26th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
I didn't know that opening gifts on Christmas Eve was European though I'm still not a fan.

I know that Armenians tend to celebrate on the 6th or 7th of January as well. We used to do something for "Armenian Christmas" as we are part Armenian but we've kind of gotten away from that. Though I suppose it doesn't really matter when you celebrate.

What is the big Jewish holiday? I always thought Hanukkah was a big one but I have to admit I'm ignorant of Jewish holidays.
girlspell: across the skygirlspell on December 26th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
It's very much a minor holiday. It's not in the bible at all. It commemorates an historical incident when the Greeks ruled. Israel had been occupied by the Greeks at that time. It's big in the U.S. because it competes with Christmas. Major Jewish holidays are in the bible. Passover along with Yom Kippor is the most important. I'm an Italian Jew by the way. I was born in Italy. I know a few Jews from Armenia too. Not to many are left there, but there are a few.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Standing Stonessireesanwar on December 26th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I
I feel like smacking myself upside the head. Of course, Passover. I knew that. A very very important holiday. Even our family observes Passover and we are Christians.

Seriously, I'm not as dense as I sounded. LOL

I know a little about Yom Kippor but, of course, as Christians it isn't something we observe.

Fascinating! I never really hear things about Jews in Armenia since most of what I know if from a family and church perspective. But you learn something new everyday.
girlspell: russian lightsgirlspell on December 26th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: I
LOL...There are Jews in Turkey, Iraq, Greece, and up until the 1970's, Iran. They're in the Russian Caucuses. Jews still left in Arab countries are in Yemen. But nearly all Jews in Arab countries have moved to Israel. I had a friend in high school that was Jewish and from Tunisia. Lots in North Africa. Very small conclaves in India and China. I dated a Jewish guy from India in school. And I have seen Indian Jews in Israel.
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Hot Air Balloonssireesanwar on December 27th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Re: I
That is great! I feel as though I knew there was a good Jewish population in Yemen but I'm not sure why I thought I knew that.

Israel makes perfect sense too.

Hm. Good to know. I know that in a lot of Arab countries and in China being a Christian can be dangerous. I don't know if that goes for being Jewish but I would assume it has it's risks.
lovecoeu: lachlovecoeu on December 24th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
Happy Merry Christmas to you!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 26th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!
★ mypetconcubinemypetconcubine on December 25th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
We do the same thing. Merry christmas
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 26th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
It is fun but sometimes I just want to wait until Christmas Day.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on January 1st, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
I wish we had any kind of traditions like that. I think the only tradition we have is that we're all dreading the holidays :D

Overall though, I can't complain this year. :)
Jill aka Jo: FF: Captain Speakingsireesanwar on January 5th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Some of the traditions of our family are something we decided to do. About 3 years ago we discover that the town above us hosts a community Christmas dinner so we have our big dinner on Christmas Eve (which we've always done) and then go to the community dinner on Christmas.

New tradition.

You can always impliment them. Even with friends.