My parents raised us this way and growing up we…
-celebrated St. Nick’s day with setting our stocking out and getting candy and small gifts
-set baby Jesus’ manger out during Advent and put a piece of straw in it when we did a good deed
-spent a lot of time doing family things-Advent nights at our church, penance services, driving around to look at the lights, baking and frosting cookies (TONS of them b/c my mom LOVES to bake!), inviting friends over and making gingerbread houses
-Christmas Eve we open presents from relatives and then the past several yrs we’ve been going to midnight mass
-we do the same as most who do believe in Santa- we would leave cookies for my dad “Santa” even thought we knew, and we would have gifts in the morning, but we’d thank mom and dad.
*My husband’s family’s tradition was each person would open one gift at a time - TORTURE for children in my opinion! lol. So, we’re keeping up my side and letting the kids tear open their presents together *