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Christmas Traditions are an important part of holiday celebrations for families. We at the library feel that finding ways to bond with your family, either by celebrating an old tradition or creating a new one, is so very important! Below are some traditions that our staff wanted to share with you.  Feel free to borrow any tradition and make it your own!

  • I had many Christmas traditions with my family. Appropriately, many of them involved reading books together. These books are: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson (I still read this one every year even though I’m living on my own.), “The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree” by Gloria Houston, and “Jotham’s Journey: a Storybook for Advent” by Arnold Ytreedie.  All of these books are available at the library!
  • Eating cinnamon rolls and opening presents in our pjs Christmas morning. Celebrating my son’s birthday that night– yes he was born Christmas afternoon!
  • We read the Christmas story out of the Bible before opening presents to remember the true meaning of the season. We also go out to eat for supper the night before and then drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  • We read a Children’s Christmas book- one each day in December until Christmas.
  • We have always celebrated the Dutch Tradition of Sinterklaas day which entailed putting hay and carrots in wooden shoes by the fireplace on the evening ofDecember 5, hiding gifts for each other by the shoes, opening gifts on December 6 after making Poffertjes (a Dutch mini pancake) for breakfast.
  • One of the traditions my family has always done for Christmas Eve is a 3 course fondue feast. This feast is stretched out over many hours and the atmosphere is very festive. Some years we dress up, but some years we just gather around the table in our pajamas. We have gained a couple of family members over the last couple of years so our table and our meals keep growing! I love this tradition because spending time with my family is the best thing I could get for Christmas!
  • A couple of traditions we have is on the day we decorate the tree I give each of our children a new ornament.  When we are done decorating we have a bowl of peppermint ice cream and a cup of hot chocolate.  The other tradition we do is the “green pickle” ornament on Christmas morning.  I hang a green pickle ornament on the tree and whichever child finds it gets a gift.  The kids really have fun looking for it!

Make family time a priority for you today by keeping with your current family traditions, creating a new one, or borrowing one from us.  If you are looking for an idea – one great tradition would be to take your family on our “Story Walk”.  Find out more information about this walk at the library.  While you are there, check out our new Christmas tree made from books!  Books are a wonderful Christmas gift!

Happy Holidays!

From the Staff at the Sioux Center Library