My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles on my mom's side of the family have always hung Christmas ornaments on the ceiling. It's weird now, but growing up it seemed totally normal...what are your strange family holiday traditions?


Many years ago, my wife started a tradition of getting Christmas ornaments hand made and painted with all 9 members of our family represented.  I originally thought it was kinda dorky, but now I have to admit, it's pretty cool

The one thing that is going to be difficult going forward is adding to the ornaments as our family grows with new husbands, wives, and kids.  Already we've had to add two more spouses and 3 new babies.  We are in a quandary as to what to do this year. The best idea we can think of is splitting the families as they get married and start having their own kids. The other big problem is that they are so heavy, that I'm not sure our tree can handle the full weight any more.  We might have to start hanging them from the mantle.

Another strange tradition my family has is I truly believe they open presents later than anybody else in the world. Before opening gifts while growing up, we had to go all the chores (Milk cows, feeding pigs and cows) Then have a huge sit down breakfast and before we could open up a single present all the dishes had to be done and the kitchen completely cleaned.  My parents still do this and I believe last year, presents weren't opened till after 3 you know how much that sucks as a kid? I'm surprised there wasn't serious damage psychologically.

Go ahead and share your strange Christmas traditions....share in the comment section below, or email


Here are some pictures of my aunts ceiling this year

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