As the weather gets colder and the leaves get more colorful, people are preparing for the long-awaited, annual holiday season. As we put together our Christmas lists, bust out our favorite holiday recipes, and head to our local Starbucks for a classic holiday drink, there are some families who have their own holiday traditions that […]
As the weather gets colder and the leaves get more colorful, people are preparing for the long-awaited, annual holiday season. As we put together our Christmas lists, bust out our favorite holiday recipes, and head to our local Starbucks for a classic holiday drink, there are some families who have their own holiday traditions that they look forward to carrying on just as much as the average human looks forward to ordering a pumpkin spice latte on October 1st.
Jacob Yee (‘21) explains that for as long as he can remember, his favorite holiday tradition takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
“We decorate the house every year on Black Friday with my mom, stepdad and my little sister. Throughout the whole day, we’re either listening to Christmas music or watching Hallmark movies as we put up our tree and lights.”
For Jacob, this tradition he shares with his family is his kickoff to the holiday season. It’s a time he cherishes and hopes to pass the warm and fuzzy holiday cheer he receives from this tradition onto future generations of his family.
“Since I was a kid I’ve always loved Christmas for the music, the smells, the food and the overall vibes, so I definitely plan on carrying this tradition with me into adulthood.”
Similar to Jacob, Daniel Pogue (‘21) looks forward to his family’s tradition post-Thanksgiving. For the last decade, every Saturday after Thanksgiving, Daniel and his family wake up, drive to Clarksburg for breakfast, and visit the same Christmas tree farm where he and his parents find and cut down their very own tree for the holiday season.
Despite this being a fairly new tradition in his family, Daniel claims it’s a nice little day tip that he definitely looks forward to every year come the holiday season and hopes to continue it on with a family of his own some day.
“I like the tradition,” the senior says. “It makes me feel so nostalgic and puts me in the holiday mood.”
As some families traditions revolve around the decorative aspects of the holiday season, others spread their holiday cheer in the kitchen. Alicia Wood (‘22) embarks on a journey to her grandmother’s house every year to continue on a Christmas tradition that’s been in her family since the 1950’s.
“My family tradition is making a Portuguese bread recipe that my great grandmother invented. Every year ,about 15 of my family members get together, including some of my relatives that I don’t get to see that often.”
Alicia and her family spend that morning together making the dough for the bread, which takes about two hours. They then cut the dough into small pieces and place them in a special oven where it rises and completes its baking process.
The Wood’s tradition has been around ever since her grandmother was a little girl, so their holiday bread-baking festivity has no clear sign of discontinuing in their family’s future generations.
“My older cousins will definitely try to keep the tradition going, and I’ll be there to help them with that also. I’d like my kids to be able to experience this tradition as I once did as a kid.”
Regardless if your tradition involves decorating your home, chopping down a tree, baking bread, or none of the above, there are endless ways to make the winter time a little warmer. One thing all these traditions involve is spending quality time with your friends and family. Whether you’re continuing on a long lasting legacy of traditions or just now starting your own, holiday cheer comes in all different ways, shapes, and forms, and there’s always new ways to celebrate and enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones this holiday season.