A Unique Christmas Tradition

When my husband was about 8 or 9 years old there was a power outage as the family sat down for a meal of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese on the evening of December 23rd. They quickly lit candles, and thus the Christmas Eve Eve tradition of mac ‘n’ cheese by candlelight born.

It has grown quite a bit since its humble beginings as all good traditions will. Now, more than 40 years later, relatives from near and far as well as family friends gather at the home of one of the siblings, to enjoy the synthetic cheesiness of the iconic blue box mac and cheese (though now there are plenty real food offerings available as well.) The lights are turned out and candles lit throughout the house as people catch up with dear ones they often haven’t seen since the year before and meet new friends as well.

It was a smaller group this year as many of the usual relatives were unable to make it for one reason or another. Even so there were around 25 people and plenty of delightful conversation. One of my husband’s cousins had moved too far away to make the trip this year. He kept texting pictures of the Christmas Eve Eve he and his wife were observing in their new home.

Explaining the Christmas Eve Eve tradition to Eli.

Explaining the Christmas Eve Eve tradition to the new generation. The idea of there being candles with no “Happy Birthday” song and immediate blowing out was a bit mind bending at first.

While this year was Eli’s third year in attendance, it was the first year he really got what was going on. I couldn’t have been more content than I was to sit back and watch him bond with his cousins, having the time of his life holding court with a gaggle of teenage girls.

Does your family have any unique traditions? I’d love to read about them in the comment section below. 🙂

A very Merry Christmas to you all!!!



  1. Maysem said,

    December 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    This is such a sweet tradition full of meaning. I love unique family traditions. I can’t really say that my family has one that is unique to them… maybe I should start one;P Merry Christmas Karen to you and your loved ones!

    • December 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      I would love to see the sort of tradition you would come up with! It would be sure to be creative and oh so much fun for all involved!

  2. kelliefish13 said,

    December 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I love that your husbands family has kept it going for so long. Our Christmas day is in summer so my family celebrate it with a water fight after the presents have been opened. Santa helps buy getting everyone (young and old) a water gun (or something similarly water fight related) to get it started and the large ‘paddling pool’ is set up the week before Christmas. Its a great way to burn off the all sugary goodness we had consumed while opening presents.

  3. faerylandmom said,

    December 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Sweet. 🙂

  4. December 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

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  5. Bali said,

    May 12, 2013 at 12:45 am

    i’ve never heard of something like that before, thank you for sharing this information with us

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