My family does things different. My mom over the past few years has gone away for the holidays as she hates them and there aren't any children in our family (yet), so for her Christmas is better spent in Mexico. But still when she goes, she brings her Christmas night light and my uncle will bring his twinkling Christmas lights. So, for my mom that's her Christmas away from Christmas.
My dad will carry on the tradition of the fresh pine tree in the house the week before Christmas. He'll go select his tree from a local nursery and bring it home and put all of the homespun decorations up. I love that mis-match look. I can't say I don't like the Martha-esqe trees you see in some homes but it's something about having a tree with mostly mis-matched decoration, children's homemade egg carton ornaments and ornaments you've collected over the years that just screams family Christmas to me.
So here's to continuing old traditions and starting new ones of your own! Thanks to the snake soup I should be cozy warm all winter and will be trying to make it next year.