They were shocked to learn this wasn't the norm
How to Open Presents
My sister married a Norwegian man and moved to Oslo. We visited her last year. During the stay her husband’s family threw a birthday party for him. They tied a string to the presents and hid them under the bed, the end of the string was tied to his foot. He sat on the bed and kicked his foot while everyone chanted “fish!” Clearly we were lost.
My sister explained it’s a Norwegian custom… Her mother-in-law laughed and said in English for our benefit, “No it’s not! We’re just a weird family!” My sister was shocked and said, “Are you kidding me?! We’ve done this for every birthday since I’ve been here!” Some times people are just crazy. (princessaurus_rex)
The Thanksgiving Turkey Box. We kids would decorate a big cardboard box, and my mom or grandmother (or the Great Turkey, for all I know) filled it up with little treats for the family. After dinner, everyone got their Thanksgiving gift. Usually the kids got their chocolate advent calendar and a coloring book or something similar, adults got chocolates or a knick knack.
Never met another Turkey Box family. (PlagueAngel512)
Family Fun Time
Once a month we would have a movie night. Not just any movie night though. We would bake treats and buy stuff that went with the movie theme (sometimes even dressed up too or decorate!), put a big blanket out on the floor with tons of pillows and binge the treats while watching the movie.
We also always had family game night on Tuesdays. We switched who picked the game every week. We also kept score for the month and whoever won the most games got a prize (nothing huge usually a little ribbon or button that said first place). I really want to keep the traditions going when my daughter gets a bit older and add some more of my own! (pcbzelephant)