Holiday traditions are songs, baking, tree decorating , anything that is done during the holidays, by families, that are past down from generation to generation. You may sing a Christmas carol with uncle Tom, or deck the halls with Auntie Margaret’s holly wreath’s. Just about every family has some sort of holiday tradition they have passed down through the years. Here are a few of my favorite holiday traditions.
I am of hispanic decent , and my very favorite holiday tradition would have to be my childhood memories, of sitting around the dining room table, and making tamale’s. Every Christmas eve, my whole family would gather around the table , and we would all make tamale’s . From my dad, to my baby brother, every Christmas we would watch “A Christmas Carol ” on tv, while making tamale’s. These are memories that I will always treasure.
Baking Christmas Cookie’s
My mom wasn’t much of a baker, but every year she would make sure, that we would have” Christmas cookies.” I couldn’t wait for the day that it was time to make Christmas cookies. ” My mom’s cookies were the best! We only made one kind, sugar cookies but to me those were the only kind to make. I remember covering the kitchen table with newspaper’s so we wouldn’t make a mess on the table. We would make icing with powdered sugar , milk, and food coloring. We’d have red for Santa, of course and green, for Christmas tree’s. Other colors were used for decorating the cookie’s with creative designs , such as making cookies look like ornament’s and wreath’s. We also decorated the cookie’s with colorful sprinkles. My father didn’t like the sugary icings, we used, so we used the sprinkles to decorate special cookies just for him. I remember all the cookie cutters we had. We probably had about 3 or four different “Santa” cookie cutters. I remember getting mad and frustrated from rolling the dough too thin , so when I put my cookie cutter on it , the cookie would just get stuck in the cookie cutter. I would have to take a butter knife and try to pry it out. We always made enough to share with family and friends.
Decorating The Christmas Tree On Christmas Eve
What adult doesn’t remember decorating the Christmas tree as a child? Our family, bought an artificial white Christmas tree one year. We ended up having that tree for years. The tree was stuffed up in the attic in a big white box marked Christmas tree. I remember bugging my dad to get it down, so we could put it up. He said, “no, we have to wait until Christmas eve”. No matter how hard I tried, my dad wouldn’t get the tree down. Finally the day arrived to put up the tree. The day we had anticipated was finally here. We would eagerly await my dad coming down the stairs with the big white box. Our eyes would light up with joy. My mom would prepare the hot chocolate and we would all go in the living room. My dad would begin to build the tree, and the kids would prepare the ornaments for hanging. Remember those little hangers you attach to the ornaments? Our job was to make sure each ornament had a hanger , on it. The moment came , everybody had their hot chocolate. We all gathered around the tree and began hanging the ornaments. One by one, we hung them on the tree. The final touch was for my dad to place the star at the top of the tree. But last but not least , my dad would plug in the color wheel , thing that looked like a fan. This was used in the seventies to project color on the white Christmas tree. The color wheel would go around and the colors of red, blue, green , and yellow would dance upon the white Christmas tree. What a beautiful sight it was. Something I will never forget.
It’s Never Too Late To Start Your Own Family Traditions
Many of these holiday traditions I have passed down to my children. If you don’t have any family holiday traditions, it’s never too late to start. Make this year , the year that you start your own family holiday traditions.