Whenever someone asks about Christmas traditions, I always get a little bit sad, thinking that I didn't have any growing up. We didn't leave cookies out for Santa, or spend the holidays with extended family, or search for a pickle hidden in the Christmas tree. But as I've gotten older, I've realized that we had our own traditions, which, while not the same as other people's, are in fact traditions.
For example, every Christmas Eve, my brother and I would exchange one gift, usually a game and always from each other; Santa didn't come until Christmas morning. (If my mom was still alive, I'd bet $100 she'd still write 'Santa' on the to/from labels.)
After we played the new games and my dad headed off to work, my brother and I would make a couch cushion fort in one of our rooms and stay up as late as we could waiting for Santa. (That must have killed my mom, who always saved present wrapping until Christmas Eve.)
Then on Christmas morning, my dad would stomp across the roof, yelling 'Ho, ho, ho', which was the sign that my brother and I could go out to the living room.
I never really thought about it before because they aren't traditional traditions, but by definition those are traditions! What were yours?