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Falcon Holiday Festivities

The time that we’ve all been waiting for has come once again. Whether you just got your decorations down or started listening to Christmas music in August, we all look forward to spreading our holiday cheer with our family and friends in many different ways. Get your hot cocoa and have Mariah Carey on queue […]

The time that we’ve all been waiting for has come once again. Whether you just got your decorations down or started listening to Christmas music in August, we all look forward to spreading our holiday cheer with our family and friends in many different ways. Get your hot cocoa and have Mariah Carey on queue and get ready to hear about your fellow classmates’ favorite Christmas traditions. 

A tradition that Liam Fischer (‘22) looks forward to every year is going to his cousin’s house and eating MOD pizza. “Me and my family normally spend a few days to a week at my cousin’s house. We normally just sit around and talk and watch old movies.” This is a tradition he has been celebrating most of his life, and the senior anticipates continuing to celebrate it in the years to come. 

Olivia Cepeda (‘22) looks forward to seeing her sibling come home for college. “It’s my favorite thing when he comes home because he’s my best friend so having him home is something I always look forward to.”

Like Olivia, what Brenton Grandstaff (‘22) looks forward to most during this time is spending some lost time with his brother while returning from college, “I always look forward to my brother coming home and seeing him and hanging out with him and my cousins.”

Olivia says her family makes tamales for Christmas Eve. This is a newer tradition for her family, but it’s one they enjoy. Another tradition Olivia’s family, and I’m sure many others, partake in is making cookies and other holiday treats. “Me and my dad make cookies together every year. We have a fun time doing it and it’s a good way for us to bond.” 

Olivia’s tradition with her family reminds me of my own. Every Christmas break my whole family gets together at my grandma’s house, and we make delicious Portuguese sweet bread.  This is a tradition I value a lot because I don’t see a lot of my extended family until this day. It also has been a tradition in my family since my grandma was a little girl, so I feel it’s a blessing it’s still going on today.

We can see that a lot of our traditions are very similar. Whether it be making food or just spending time together, family is a central theme in all of our lives especially during the holidays. These are just some traditions that students value and I’m sure there are so many more amongst our diverse community at Christian Brothers. Make this break to have fun, spend time with family, and not have to stress about cramming finals.

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