This is how it got started:
So, we decided to stay home and do our our own Christmas Eve. One of the fun things that always happens in Bonners Ferry is the Christmas pinata filled with candy (like they need MORE sugar, but they do have a great time!). I don't know how it got started, exactly, but I have a suspicion it had to do with lots of loud kids in one home, and an excuse to take them outside. For quite a few years in BF, it was strung up on the basketball hoop, but since the weather was so bad at our house, we opted to stay inside and find SomeThing to hang it on. Since the kids involved are still pretty small (in BF I think the age limit was 18?) Mark's back-stretching-thingy seemed to be the best bet. ...look close - the Zebra has a Christmas bow around his neck! So he's all Christmassy, OK :P
And, yes, we do normal traditional, too!