In the spirit of the holidays (and the release of our December newsletter), our team members have pulled up old photos and recalled their favorite memories of the season. Will you share your own traditions with us? We’d love to hear about them in the comments! And no matter where this season takes you, we wish you joy and peace. Happy Holidays, and see you again soon!
It would be a dream to be able to visit both of my parents all the time. One side of my family is set in Georgia, and the other in New Jersey. I do my best to alternate on visits. A fond memory is visiting my family in Georgia. Pictured you’ll see my mom and little sister up to no good. We wake up Christmas morning and wear the most outrageous onesies to open up our gifts. Pictured here is the Disney collection. Don’t mind the fact that I am above the age of 12. No judgement zone here, folks. Merry Christmas!
For as long as I can remember, holiday pictures with my family has been a big tradition. As a traditional Mexican family, gathering for the holidays is something we hold tight to our hearts. When I got married and had kids of my own, this also became a priority. Having photos of my family taken each year is something I look forward to and cherish. I can’t wait to see the progression of my children and how our family photo will look in ten years.
For my family, Christmas Eve has been more exciting than Christmas Day. For years, we would go to my aunt’s house for a huge family dinner with lots of Filipino food. Different relatives from out-of-state would take turns visiting and it’d be fun catching up with my cousins. We’d open a present or two, sort of like a teaser, then open the rest of our presents after we had gone to Midnight Mass. The next day, we’d spend entirely in pajamas, watching movies.
I’ve always loved the magic of Christmas. My mom had this magical box of ornaments for the tree and always decked out the whole house for guests that’d be coming through our home in the month of December. My dad is still a huge fan of lights and firmly believes they should be all over the outside of our home, just to bring the magic of Christmas in. And even though there were always so many parties and festivities in December, Christmas Eve was always my favorite. We’d get dressed up in our best dresses and warmest coats and go to church, and then we would come home to a huge party with family and friends. We’d wait for carolers, sing with them, and continue the party until the sun would come up! And since it was always well past midnight that we went to sleep on Christmas Eve, my sisters and I started our own tradition of opening our gifts at midnight. It’s still something we do this day, and this year I’m hoping my little nephews have just as much patience to wait for the clock to strike twelve!
My family, being both Jewish and Catholic, has always had the privilege of celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah. My brother was always the TOP self-proclaimed Jew of the household, so he was in charge of lighting the menorah and saying the prayers every night, but he was more than happy to have me as his little helper (mostly to boss around). Now my niece is in charge of the candles while my nephew helps her out. It’s so heartwarming to see traditions passed down!
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