Re: What was your favorite childhood holiday tradition and do you still do it?
Tree goes up on the 16th and is a family affair. We sort the ornaments and go at it, while Christmas music plays and we snack on a goodie (this varies, but is either prefer use, lebkuchen, or frosty treasures).
Christmas Eve we open one gift.
We have stocking traditions, too. Chocolate gold coins and marzipan (orange, as well, but that's DH's tradition). Stockings are opened on the bed with everyone.