The holidays are coming up and it is a very exciting time for the students here at Sterling College.
Most students will go home and spend the holidays with their families.
Personally, I am very happy to be able to get to go home during the holidays because I get to see my family that I have not seen since the summer.
There are many different family traditions that happen in each household during the holidays.
During Thanksgiving, my family from my mom’s side all gets together to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner with each other while we just enjoy each other’s company.
We have a great dinner filled with different dishes that everyone in my family contributes to.
My grandparents are in charge of the main course, the turkey and ham. They are also in charge of the desserts. The rest of the family members bring in the side dishes such as, mashed potatoes, beans, stuffing, and other delicious goodies.
The holidays are a great time to get to be around the people that love you the most. The best part about being able to go home for the holidays is to see my family and spend some quality time with them.
On Christmas Eve my family from my mom’s side gets together. We all have dinner at my grandparent’s house and open presents.
We do a “Secret Santa” type of gift exchange where we have one other person in the family that we have to get a gift for by picking their name out of a hat. If we were to pick our own name, we just draw another name. The person finds out their “Secret Santa” when we are passing out gifts to one another.
This is such a fun time because it is personal for the person you are getting a gift for.
“I love doing this with my family because we get to see what each person gives each other and I know that it comes from the heart,” my Grandma, Louise Hansen, said. “It is such a special time of the year, and I am thrilled that I get to be able to have all my family in one place.”
On Christmas Day we get together with my dad’s side of the family to eat and have a good time together.
We play a game called “Reindeer Games,” which is a nicer version of “White Elephant.”
Everyone brings a gift that is $10 that can be beneficial to everyone who is playing. We then all open the gifts and trade and steal until the timer runs out. Then we are stuck with whatever gift we receive.
I enjoy being able to spend Christmas with both sides of my family. It makes me happy that everyone can come together and enjoy this time.
These traditions are fun because they keep going throughout the years that we spend with each other, and they keep getting more fun the older we get.
What are some of your family traditions?