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Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 12/24/2010

Christmas holiday rituals: What are yours?

By Melissa Bell
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If my family's not watching "The Twilight Zone," we're watching "A Christmas Story." (Turner Broadcasting photo)

The traditions we carve out in our families can be inexplicable to outsiders, but are of total importance to who we are. They mark us. Define us. We are creatures of habit, especially during the holidays. The world may swirl around us throughout the year, always changing and always new, but the holidays fall into a maddening, lovely predictability.

I know that Saturday morning I'll wake up to my mom cooking my grandfather's scrambled egg recipe. We'll eat the eggs at a table outside (it helps to have parents that live in California) and then we'll crowd into the living room to open gifts. There is so much unknown in life; but I do know my dad will say, "We have all the pieces of the puzzle," when my whole family sits down around the table. It's one of the Bell family invocations -- cheesy as all get up, and as necessary as the Christmas tree.

Your Take: Let us know what your #holidayrituals are -- the good, the bad, the awkward and the wonderful.

Here are some traditions readers have already begun to share with us:

@washingtonpost We drink brandy in the dark & listen to Dylan Thomas on vinyl reading A Child's Xmas in Wales #holidayritualsless than a minute ago via web

@washingtonpost @melissabell #holidayrituals listen to my grandmas battle between each other who had the worse childhood.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

@washingtonpost we'd always cut up and save the tree and then use it in the fire on next year's Christmas #holidayritualsless than a minute ago via web

By Melissa Bell  | December 24, 2010; 10:18 AM ET
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My family sets up a "Nacimiento" (nativity scene), but it's like HUGE, with many MANY christmas scenes! With the kids, they make gifts, so they get their ideas from websites like or like that and make decorations to hand out along with a bag of home cooked cookies.

Posted by: DaisyBGood | December 24, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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