By: Lauren Kirby
For most families, Christmas is the most special time of the year. Having the whole family together calls for many holiday traditions. The holidays become difficult for families after losing members but become even more memorable when adding new ones. Having holiday traditions is important because even when you are celebrating without the people that have passed away, a part of them is still there with you.
Many family traditions consist of things like decorating the tree together, driving around looking at houses, caroling and even just watching Christmas movies together. In our community, these are all popular things because we have things like city Christmas tree lightings and church choirs who carol. Whether it is one of these things or something just your family does, most people have many traditions that they follow each year.
In my house we have a few specific things that we do each holiday season. My favorite tradition, ever since I was younger is bringing in our tree. My parents would always move the couch so that the tree could fit right next to the window, and my sister and I would make a huge fort with all of the cushions. Decorating the tree in my house is still a blast because we’ve carried on the tradition of listening to our N*SYNC Christmas album. It probably sounds cheesy, but singing along to all of the words is hilarious.
Another special thing that my dad does with my sister and me is cutting down two little Christmas trees to go in our rooms. We always go out in the woods and find two miniature trees to decorate. The last thing, which I’m sure is very common in other households, is a weekly Christmas film. Movies like Santa Clause with Tim Allen, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and of course the Home Alone movies are all popular.
This time of the year is very special for most families. If you have traditions, it’s exciting to think that Christmas is just around the corner and if you don’t, then start thinking of ones that you and your family can share together. It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit and start carrying on those traditions.