As a menswear company, of course we’d like you to buy a pair of pants or a blazer to give as a holiday gift at this time of year — but we also believe that the best parts of the season aren’t the things, but the traditions.
We asked our Bluffworks family to share their unique holiday traditions. Borrow, edit, adjust and adopt any or all of these fun ideas as you see fit (I definitely need to start a Turkey Cup-style competition for our family!).
If you have a tradition that’s meaningful for you, we’re all ears.
Natalie — Turkey Cup
Our family tradition is the annual Turkey Cup Competition held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Every year we play a different game. We usually have at least 24 participants who are divided into two-man teams. The teams are seeded to even out the competition. This is SERIOUS!! We have played mini-golf, bowling, scrabble, Texas Hold'em, and multiple lawn and board games. My dad even rented the ice sheet at Bowling Green State University where we played our own version of curling much to the dismay of the two Canadian guys my dad hired to coach us.
We even have a silver trophy that is engraved with the names of the winning team each year.
This year was the 20th year of competition. And yes, I have won — shuffleboard (with my dad), and croquet (with my niece).
Jon — Skiing
Skiing is great on Christmas day because of the low crowds. We head out after morning stockings and presents and grab a couple of hours on the slopes. (It helps that Jon lives in Colorado!)
Katherine — Cookies and Singing
My sister and I love to watch White Christmas (usually singing the “Sisters, Sisters” song repeatedly) and bake and decorate Christmas cookies together. I also love to reread all our old holiday storybooks from my childhood on Christmas Eve if I'm celebrating at home.
Ashna — PJs and Gingerbread Houses
Ours is opening Christmas presents in our PJs and doing a gingerbread house before Christmas day.
Paolo — Early Gifts
My family always exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, instead of on Christmas morning. Looking back I think it was to appease the kids 12 hours ahead of time and avoid any further whining for presents!
Lacy — Soup Supper
When I was a kid, we spent every Christmas Eve with another family, and we had a simple dinner of soup and salad together before we all went to the midnight service at church. I don’t stay up for midnight service any more, but I do invite all our friends to come to our house on Christmas Eve for soup, salad, and Christmas cookies.
Akemi — Double the Fun
In my family we celebrate two Christmases. My parents are divorced and both happily remarried to people that I love. They live across the street from each other, which made it extremely easy for us kids to navigate both households and not have to lose anything during the transition.
What was once a very nuclear family is now so much bigger, and merrier, especially during the holidays! We walk across the street after celebrating with my father, stepmother, and half brother to my mother's house where we open stockings and drink coffee with her and her husband. It's not what some people would call a traditional Christmas, but I wouldn't trade it.
Monica — Toys and Fishes
With our heritage, we don't eat meat a couple days a year, one being Christmas Eve. Usually the Eve meal is one of lobster, shrimp, and/or a type of fish. Before dinner, we also pass around Oplatek, a type of Christmas wafer, and give well wishes and thanks.
We also open one present before the children's night-time routine on Christmas Eve. When I was growing up, the present was an actual gift, but once I had my own children, I altered it a bit. Now, the present is a box filled with all sorts of small goodies, but no matter what, it always includes a new pair of PJs, a new Christmas mug, packages of hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a stuffed toy.
The children open their packages, take their evening baths/showers, get dressed in their new PJs, and we all make the hot chocolate and eat the treats while having evening snuggles. When comes their bed time, they have the new stuffed friend to keep them company.
Alicia — Big Winners
My father would always go to the local convenience store (Usually Stewart's) and pick up a variety of scratch off tickets. All the tickets would be separated and placed in a paper bag, and everyone would be given a penny. Someone would then walk around (Santa) and each person (adult and child) reached in and grabbed a ticket. If your ticket was a winner then you were done, if the ticket you chose was not a winner, you were able to try again and grab a new ticket. This was usually done until everyone had a winning ticket. After my father passed this tradition has stayed within the family, other than a little twist where my son is always the "Santa."
If you’ve got an awesome holiday tradition, we’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Happy holidays to you and yours.