We've made some mistakes as we've grown in our relationship and knowledge of the LORD. One was to tell our family we wouldn't be doing Christmas any longer. It was honest, but without discretion. We had never participated in Santa or the Easter Bunny. We decided at the very beginning of our marriage that we wanted the holidays to be Holy, not secular. No one seemed to have any problem with it.
(...of course you need to realize that our families, other than Hubby's parents, were seldom involved with us, even during holidays...)
Christmas though, ended up being a golden calf to a few family members.
- EIGHT days of celebration! Yep, EIGHT. We've done this different ways. Sometimes we spend each day doing something special: craft day, game day, baking day, decorating day, movie day, Papa day, Granny day, Music day... Sometimes we give each person in our family of eight a 'giving day' to present their gifts. Every year is different.
- Lighting candles. We don't have a traditional Judaic menorah. I have eight star candle holders. We light one candle for each day, remembering that Jesus is the Light of the world.
- Gifts. Yes, we give gifts. It's not a traditional Hanukkah "thing", but it does follow suite with the wise men bringing gifts to Jesus when he was a toddler in Bethlehem. We usually make Homemade Gifts.
- Reading. I love reading aloud to our family but most of the rest of the year gets so busy... We have some favorite Holiday Family Read Alouds we pick from.