We have always celebrated with my family (parents, siblings/spouses, and their kids) and this year have decided to stay home and just start our own tradition but I am kind of lost on what to do. We have 3 boys (8,5,3) and our oldest is the most resistant to the change and not being around the whole family but we also had our own Thanksgiving for the first time this year (which he complained about beforehand but ended up enjoying). In the past we have had potluck-style dinner, then board games, movies, crafts and just visiting with each other and ornament exchange/gift. I don't necessarily want to copy what we have had in the past so I'd like to hear your traditions for new ideas. The only tradition I've kept from growing up is opening a gift on Christmas Eve, we didn't really do anything special. And as for DH, he hasn't voiced any opinion about what to do except adament that we're not going to my brother's house again this year.
we open one gift which is out chistmas pj's and read twas the night before christmas with my grandkids. they all live with me. we put up a racetrack and let the kids race cars until its time to go to bed. i make chocolate chip cookies for them to eat.