WEIRD FAMILY TRADITIONS

I want to know if your family is weirder than mine.
  1. Monkey
    When my parents started dating, they bought a stuffed monkey together. That monkey is now a real member of the family. His name is Monkey, he talks (with a little help from my dad), has an ego and back story, throws parties when we're on vacation, has his own TV show ("The Monkey Show") and is obsessed with bananas. Every year on our birthdays, along with the wrapped presents on the table from the family, there is always a poorly wrapped banana, covered in tape. From Monkey.
  2. Hot Dog pregame
    My family goes to a HS football game on thanksgiving day. Not a HS any of us are associated with/ attended. We go so that we can get concession stand hot dogs. If we are tipped off that there won't be hot dogs, we pack some to bring with us.
    Suggested by   @originalamericantrt
  3. Naming Christmas Trees 🎄
    For the past thirteen or so years we have named our Christmas Tree. We refer to it like a member of the family and confuse everyone by singing "O Mortimer, O Mortimer, how lovely are your branches!" instead of O Christmas Tree
    Suggested by   @e
  4. Suggested by   @ChrisK
  5. My family has an ongoing game of writing inappropriate phases on birthday cakes. Things like "Surprise! It's herpes!" or something equally twisted. Half the fun is going into the bakery and asking them to pipe it onto an otherwise lovely cake.
    Suggested by   @ohwowawesome
  6. Rainbow sherbet for breakfast on the Fourth of July! This one is my family now (me, husband and kids), rather than the family I grew up with. It started when we went without power for five days in DC, at the height of summer. Power finally came back during the afternoon of July 3rd, and I celebrated by going out and buying lots of cold things...
    Suggested by   @carolynparkhurst
  7. As our first family tradition for just us, my husband and I decided to watch the whole Lord of the Rings series between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.
    But NOT the Hobbit movies. There should never have been three of them.
    Suggested by   @hannazoeo
  8. Holiday Run
    We go for a run as a family every holiday but it isn't a typical one. We take turns coming up with a "fun" style like running backwards/flapping our arms/zig zagging across the road/hopping and everyone else has to do it too. This goes on for many blocks and/or until all the neighbors have had sufficient time to mock us from inside their warm houses (we live in northern MN so it's usually about 0 degrees while we're doing this).
    Suggested by   @pocketpenguin
  9. Biblical science
    My sisters and I were raised extremely catholic but that kind of fell off as we all got older and pursued science careers. So every Christmas we sit around and try to come up with scientific explanations for all the biblical stories. Rules include bringing up real primary research articles for the family to discuss...
    Suggested by   @d33rmngr
  10. Not sure if this is "weird" but my family and now extended family always eats Chinese take out on Christmas Eve. ( yes we are Catholic and celebrate Christmas) Its a New Yorker thing mixed with a little too lazy too cook thing.
    Suggested by   @kiraandlulu
  11. Stocking stuffers
    Everyone gets slim jims, lottery tickets, a dollar coin, and some Chapstick. Maybe it's an Ohio thing???
    Suggested by   @amieshmamie