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Caribbean Holiday Traditions + Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun GIVEAWAY

October 24, 2018 289 Comments

The holidays are just around the corner and traditions are waiting to be celebrated around the world. Holiday traditions always tell us so much about the people who celebrate them and the values they hold, which is why we love to hear about them! Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to spend the holidays in a tropical paradise? This month, we’re taking a deep dive into some of the most unique and fun Caribbean holiday traditions and asking for you to share your holiday traditions (in the Caribbean or at home) with us for a chance to win a three night trip for two to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

Holiday traditions in the Caribbean

Santa hat and a cocktail in Playa Mujeres (Photo by: @anoli_13)

Annual Holiday Events in the Caribbean

Dia de los Reyes in Puerto Rico

Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, is one of Puerto Rico’s largest and most celebrated holidays of the season. The long-held Latin American tradition celebrates the gospel account regarding the Three Kings visiting baby Jesus, each with unique gifts to offer. Every evening following December 25, until the holiday on January 6, is celebrated with family, friends, coquito, live music and tons of holiday spirit! The celebratory festival has been held in the small town of Juana Díaz, just outside of Ponce, every year since 1884–so, it’s kind of a big deal!

Junkanoo Festival in Bahamas

The Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, Bahamas is a unique and colorful experience that everyone should join in on! The annual festival takes place on December 26 (Boxing Day) and New Year’s Day. During these celebrations, locals dress up in masks and traditional, colorful costumes and parade through the streets. Although we don’t know for sure, many believe this tradition to be from times of slavery on the island when slaves were given three days off for the holidays to celebrate with singing and dancing.

Festive dancers in traditional costumes at the Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, the Bahamas on New Year’s Day

Grand Market in Jamaica

Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year in Jamaica. Every year, Jamaica’s Grand Market is an all day event where local shops and vendors stay open for last-minute holiday shopping and themed festivities. This day calls for families’ best holiday attire, candy and sweets for the kids and a variety of delicious, authentic street food–think all things jerk chicken, roasted peanuts and Jamaicans’ favorite holiday cocktail, Sorrel.

Las Posadas in Mexico

One of Mexico’s most important celebrations of the year is a nine-night event, from December 16-24. Las Posadas honors Mary and Joseph’s journey for refuge from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and Mary’s birth to baby Jesus. Every evening of the festival includes children dressed as angels or shepherds, a procession through the town reciting scriptures and singing Christmas carols on people’s doorsteps. There’s also nightly mass services, lots of sweets for the kids, piñatas and other gifts!

Caribbean holiday traditions

Colorful Christmas decorations in Mexico

The December Festivals in St. Lucia

December is an exciting and cultural month for Saint Lucians. Every year, the island hosts a series of traditional and historic festivals showcasing local creativity with the use of light, which symbolizes rebirth. These celebrations kick off in the days leading up to December 13–Saint Lucy’s (the patron saint of light) Day– by decorating the outside of their houses with homemade lanterns. Following, is an annual contest for the best homemade lantern, a parade to celebrate and then a sending off of the lanterns into the bay with a firework display overhead.

Holiday Traditions 

Puerto Rico

Music and dancing have always played a huge role in Puerto Rican culture. In the days leading up until Navidad, groups of friends come together (known as parrandas or trullas navideñas) and go door-to-door singing songs, usually accompanied by guitar playing and maracas. After singing, they’re invited inside for a celebration with lots of traditional food and coquito (think, spiked eggnog sans egg). Other traditions often include large cookouts, live music and a pig roast in the mountains to pair perfectly with the stunning views and cooler weather.

Caribbean holiday traditions

Glass of Puerto Rican coquito

Dominican Republic

The holidays are some of the best days in the Dominican Republic! Not only are you surrounded by pristine beaches and other natural beauties, but the streets are decorated with beautiful flores de pascua (poisettias) and the handmade, wooden Christmas trees, angels and other biblical animals called charamicos. On December 24th, La Noche Buena, families and friends get together for their annual Christmas feast with traditional Dominican cuisine, cocktails, merengue and other holiday festivities to celebrate the countdown to Christmas Day. Continuing the holiday traditions, like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic also celebrates and follows the Latin American traditions of Dia de los Reyes. 

Jamaica

When it comes to the holidays, Jamaicans love to make them last! Christmas Day usually begins bright and early, around 6 a.m., for a church service and then heading off to the island’s Grand Market–an island-wide street fair that’s fun for everyone! Local vendors at the market typically sell a variety of toys, handmade crafts, sweets and so much more. For dinner, a Christmas feast traditionally includes roast chicken, rice, gungo (pigeon) peas and sorrel to drink–a tart, dried hibiscus-based cocktail made with fresh ginger, nutmeg, white rum, cinnamon, orange and lime juice. Additionally, similarly to other Caribbean islands, Jamaicans also host an annual Junkanoo festival that dates back to times of slavery.

Caribbean holiday traditions

Jamaican Sorrel

Mexico

Warm, tropical weather never stops Mexicans from getting in the holiday spirit. There’s lots of holiday shopping, tree decorating, homemade ornaments, piñatas and delicious seasonal cuisine. A crafty favorite is when families carve unique shapes and designs into brown paper bags to make lanterns–called farolitos–that are placed along sidewalks, windowsills and rooftops with candles inside to illuminate the community’s holiday spirit. By December 16, Las Posadas celebrations are in full effect and continue throughout the country until Noche Buena, December 24. A traditional Mexican Christmas feast includes oxtail soup with beans and hot chili, roasted turkey, tamales and fruit salad.

In the comments, tell us your favorite holiday tradition(s) for a chance to win a three-night trip for two, to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!

In the midst of learning about all of these fun Caribbean holiday traditions, we want to know some of yours! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Are you ready to start a new tradition in the Caribbean? Comment below and tell us all about your favorite holiday tradition for a chance to win a trip to the fantastic Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun! See terms and conditions.

Rachel Tellez

Storyteller and grammar nerd by day, traveler and adventure seeker by long weekend.

289 Comments

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    Susann Marand

    October 25, 2018

    Thanksgiving Dinner with the family ,just relaxing and visiting after a big meal
    Gathering with family on Christmas Eve. Breakfast with my little family Christmas morning.
    Learning new traditions, since the passing of our patriarch……

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      Joy Whitman

      October 25, 2018

      We all get together at my Grandma’s on Christmas eve and have Prime Rib and open presents. It is my favorite holiday tradition.

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      Dulce Escalante

      October 25, 2018

      The Holidays are my favorite! For Thanksgiving we cook all day while my mom always has to work. In the evening we all share what we were most thankful for this year while writing goals of what we’ll appreciate next year. We also talk about the not so great things and discuss how we can improve. For Christmas, we have a pajama party on Christmas eve with all the food. We wait until midnight & open all of our gifts. For Christmas day, we celebrate at my mother in laws. For New Years we are more relaxed, eat and go outside to watch the fireworks. 🙂

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      Seth Ross

      October 25, 2018

      We spend our holidays together. Big thanksgiving dinner with all the extended family. Although I have to work thanksgiving this year 🙁 For Christmas Eve we do a small family dinner and go to church. We all open one present Christmas Eve which is usually a Christmas orntamet or our Christmas PJs and then we have Christmas breakfast and open gifts.

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      Esther Aldrich

      October 25, 2018

      Coming from a big family (10 siblings)
      I’ve got so many memories from childhood to adulthood. My mom cooked a big meal for not only her children but she always still had room and enough to share with other children as well. When we became adults we started to potluck to take some of the load off but still always made sure it was enough to share. Holidays have not been the same without her but I’m grateful for the memories.

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      Becca Cee

      October 25, 2018

      I must say Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s such a loving, cozy, lighful holiday and also my birthday month ☺️

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      David Gittleman

      October 25, 2018

      Our holiday tradition is to have a big thanksgiving turkey with as many friends as possible, then on Christmas Eve enjoy a lasagna dinner, open gifts on Christmas Day and another big meal that night.

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      Betsy MADDEN

      October 25, 2018

      Four years ago we started a new tradition of serving soldiers Thanksgiving dinner. As a family we traveled from our home in Grand Junction Co to Ft Bliss in El Paso Tx where our son was stationed. We prepared everything homemade for those in attendance..the turkey, all the trimmimgs, and homemade pie. We served on average 6 to 8 who could not travel home. We brought home to them. We are continuing the tradition by seven local vets this year before gathering as a family.

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      GLORIA PITMAN

      October 25, 2018

      Thanksgiving is a big deal around here. But recently, in the past 3 months, all of our family moved away 🙁 Literally my husband, his dad an myself are the only nuclear family still in the state. A trip would be a great way to take my mind off of how lonely the holidays will be this year. Thankfully I will always have the memories of the family enjoying the rival local high school football game which goes on only on Thanksgiving morning, (division championship is a big deal and bragging rights), seeing old classmates and watching the family cheer on the new players. I will also have the memories of all the cooking the family does together. The warm house after the chilly game, the house full of aromas. The new recipes we always try. Some that will come around the following year, and others that never come back to the table!! Lots of laughs and a big feast. Lets not forget the time we tried to deep fry the turkey!!!!

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      Ciceley Brooks

      October 25, 2018

      We spend Thanksgiving with my Grandmother cooking, eating, watching football and playing card games. Christmas Eve is also spent with my Grandmother we open gifts. Christmas day is spent with my Mom and siblings enjoy the time we are together!

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      Terese

      October 25, 2018

      Happy Holidays!
      My family holiday tradition has been ongoing for many years. Holidays are spent at our home starting with Thanksgiving filled with love and food! My husband and I started our tradition 34 years ago and continue every year. We gather family for Christmas Day starting with Grandparents for breakfast, lunch with parents, prime rib dinner with our children, spouses, and grandchildren. Holidays at our home is the best time of the year however, beach time is the best alternative!

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      Deb

      October 25, 2018

      Spending time with family and friends. I love spending time with girlfriends, collaborating to make holiday gifts like spiced nuts, biscotti, etc.

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      Chris Farr

      October 25, 2018

      The Grand Cayman Islands. We have been so in love with all the islands that is its difficult for us to justify going anywhere else. However, we really want to experience other places and have other adventures. ‘Cheapcaribbean.com’ is our absolute favorite place to go when we travel. Always a pleasure and we always have new memories that we will share the rest of our lives.

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      DeAnna Whitt

      October 25, 2018

      I’m always thankful even though it’s stressful and very chatiotic before grandkids and kids arrive at Christmas eve. I said last year I was ready to go on vacation for Christmas next year. I could use a vacation more than words can ever describe. Yet I’m grateful just to be together for Christmas

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      Kristin Zipperer

      October 26, 2018

      Now that my parents are both gone, over the holidays we get together with my brother and sisters. We make the best food and play board games. Always lots of laughs. It is always fun when we all get together.

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      Audrey Kosclski

      October 26, 2018

      My favorite holiday tradition is going to the local zoo to ride the Christmas camels and taking cute baby goat photos!

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      Stephanie Williams

      October 29, 2018

      Traditions are always another the ones you spend it with. Whether it’s at home or on the beach. Holidays are about making the best of your time with all this around you. Family (new and old) is what traditions and holidays are all about!

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      Evan Cembalisty

      November 6, 2018

      Thanksgiving with the family starts with the kids getting up for the Thanksgiving Day parades on TV, eating breakfast together while dad gets everything started for dinner later that afternoon, and all the wonderful smells of the food in the house…. Around the corner is St Nicholas Day on Dec 12th, when the stockings are filled with goodies for the little ones, egg nog, the holiday music, and apples cooking permeate the air… On Christmas, it’s the holiday movie marathon, with eyes wide open while opening gifts and the tree sparkling… It’s all about being together and enjoying these moments with the family…

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    DELORES BOERI

    October 25, 2018

    WHERE DO YOU ENTER?

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      Rachel Tellez

      October 25, 2018

      Hi Delores, you can tell us your holiday traditions right here in the comments!

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        Megan

        October 25, 2018

        My favorite Holiday Tradition is being with my children and family. We love cooking and making cookies to share & visiting friends and family. We all get together and have a big dinner celebration. My children and I also make cards to bring to local Nursing Homes to pass out. I try to teach them the holidays are about giving. As a single mom- I would love the opportunity to bring them away on a vacation for the Holidays.

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    David

    October 25, 2018

    We have a timeshare in Jamaica where we spend a week right after Christmas! We love the island and the wonderful people!

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    Dian S. Wordinger

    October 25, 2018

    Leading up to a holiday season is a “survival of the fittest” situation at best. By the time Christmas morning rolls around there is not much energy to be mustered by most, therefore I always have a day of R & R on Christmas for my two grown daughters and their families. They all come to momma’s house Christmas morning all bundled up in winter coats/boots, but still in their pajamas. Nothing is expected of them except eating already prepped wonderful meals (typically with an island flair to make the Northern Indiana winters bearable), opening presents, and naps in front of the fireplace all day long.

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    Paul Taylor

    October 25, 2018

    We live close to the town of McAdenville,NC. It is known as Christmas Town during the holidays, the whole town is lit up. The local mill, Pharr Yarns, pays the bill. We get coffee and ride thru the town and listen to people singing Christmas carols. Awesome every time.

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    Michael Thurston

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite tradition is going as a family to pick out a tree for the holidays!!

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    Arthur Hill

    October 25, 2018

    Travelling to one of the Carribean Islands is my family tradition.

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    Jacob

    October 25, 2018

    Prime rib on Christmas day

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    Mike Staples

    October 25, 2018

    Driving the kids to see the lights around town at Christmas time and drinking hot chocolate in the car

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    Gertrude

    October 25, 2018

    Our resent Holiday tradition, now that our children are grown, is on Christmas morning after very nice breakfast, we pack our day packs and head out for a nice hike. Living in the southwest desert, we have the perfect whether for a winter hikes. Once at our point of interest we usually partake in some adult beverages and snacks, appreciating the moment, counting our blessing, remember those love one that have passed, and simply enjoying nature. We also do this the day after Thanksgiving, no malls for us! <I 🙂

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    Cathy A Harrison

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is getting together with all of my family. Even though we all live in different areas, we make it a priority to get together when Christmas comes around!

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    Dannae Vernetti

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is just being with my family, laughing, eating yummy food!

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    Seth Horvath

    October 25, 2018

    We always do christmas eve at the grandparents house and christmas morning at ours, 2 days of fun, family, and food with presents, what could be better?!

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    OSCAR N BUITRAGO

    October 25, 2018

    I would love to win a dream vacation during the holidays season.

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    Holly Coia

    October 25, 2018

    I look forward to the tradition of spending time with family we don’t get to see as often as we would like because of hectic schedules. Relaxing in our pjs and eating a leisurely breakfast.

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    Lena

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is watching my niece and nephew open their stockings from Santa. Seeing their little faces full of Christmas joy warms my heart!

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    julie benites

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite holiday tradition is making dozens of tamales together as a family!

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    Heather Fletcher

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going on tropical vacations! 🙂

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    Myra Olson

    October 25, 2018

    Our Christmas tradition is to have a dinner with my children and grandchildren on Christmas eve. Following that we open presents and read a story before everyone goes home and waits for santa.

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    Heather Fletcher

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going on tropical vacations 🙂

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    Rachael Jack

    October 25, 2018

    Our holiday traditions at home is to wake up early and have a big caribbean breakfast that entails hot cocoa tea, saltfish, and hot bakes. As the day goes by we listen to old school parang songs from Trinidad and prep for the big entre that consists of black cake, rice and peas, ham, stew chicken, bbq chicken, bake macaroni and cheese, and many more. I love an awesome caribbean holiday!

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    Lauren Taylor

    October 25, 2018

    Family Traditions from my childhood that I now do with my children is to open presents from parents and family on Christmas Eve. Santa visits at night but does NOT wrap presents, he has to deliver to too many people and his elves do not have time to wrap the presents. Christmas morning is spent playing with new toys and then we get ready to visit family all day.

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    Elizabeth Hicks

    October 25, 2018

    I’ve never gone on a trip for the holidays but my favorite tradition is going to my sister’s house on Christmas morning and watching my nephews open their gifts from Santa 🙂

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    Joann Fore

    October 25, 2018

    My is singing Christmas Carols around the Christmas tree just with the Trees lights on

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    Cheryl

    October 25, 2018

    My children come home to sleep over on Christmas Eve. We open our gifts together in the morning. Our dog, Tucker, always goes first. For breakfas we always have creamed venison on toast with bloody mary’s.

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    Greg de Lima

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite holiday tradition is making altars for Dia de los Muertos!

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    Gail H Cooperman

    October 25, 2018

    Weset out the Menorah. We put in the special festive Holiday Candles, starting with the Shamash first. We put in the candles starting fom the right. There are 8 days of our holiday. This is done at Sundown each night. The Shamash candle is lit first and is used to light theother candles starting from the left. This is done each evening, adding a candle for each day, until all eight candles are finally lit. While lighting the candles, a Hebrew prayer is said. Formerly, following the lighing, the children are guven gelt ( real money or round chocolate money covered by gold foil). However in today’s world, the children are given a present each night for the 8 nights of Chanukah. Each family can decide wwhich of these traditions to follow. Chanukah songs are also usually sung..led by the children.

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    chris

    October 25, 2018

    My holidays havent been the same since I retired and moved to Florida,, all family and dear friends up North so its just another day here sitting by the pool and enjoying the sun !!

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    Lena Scherfenberg

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is watching my niece and nephew open their stockings from Santa on Christmas morning. The joy on their little faces warms my heart! Although a new tradition on the beach sounds amazing… 🙂

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    Kimberly DeJesus

    October 25, 2018

    My holiday traditions are fighting with my children to get them to all come to the house for Christmas we all arrive the evening before Christmas we get to open up one gift on Christmas Eve then we start cooking for Christmas Day put everything in the refrigerator we have a few drinks Christmas Eve get up Christmas morning destroy all our gifts and our PJs for Christmas breakfast get dressed and start cooking Christmas brunch while we’re having a few mimosas and enjoy my family coming together once every year.

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    amber weaver

    October 25, 2018

    I do love Jamaica. Last time I got to tour and check out Montego Bay and truly felt IRE when I left. I hope to go back and really see more of what they have to offer.

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    Amanda LaVictoire

    October 25, 2018

    The Holidays can be hard for some people and after losing my dad 2 years ago to cancer, we didn’t want to celebrate the holidays. We now have a tradition that helps us not only get through the holidays but actually celebrate them and my dad! We planted a Blue Spruce tree in my brothers yard and for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, we bundle up, go outside and sit around the tree and tell stories about my dad, while toasting him with our favorite drinks!!

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    Amy Ross

    October 25, 2018

    Our daughter has never woken up on Christmas morning before us (she’s 18 now)!! She’s always been a great sleeper. This has given us the opportunity for some amazing “first look” photos as one of us catches her expression as she sees what Santa left for her. We spend the rest of the day cooking and eating and watching films. We’ve never lived near family so it’s always just been the 3 of us on Christmas. It’s very special. We’d really love to spend Christmas somewhere different for a new experience. Not to mention that my birthday is Dec. 16 and her is the 20th. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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    morgan corzine

    October 25, 2018

    Hello friends,

    My name is Morgan and I live in South Florida. December is my favorite time of the year, its so full of happiness! I know I live in a place where it never really feels like Winter but us South Floridians try to make the best of it! My favorite holiday traditions are going to the city Tree Lightnings and going to the Christmas and boat parades we have around the area, and if were lucky we may feel a slight chill in the air around the holidays, which is always special treat! We try to soak up the chill and have bonfires with hot cocoa and listen to the holiday music and gather with friends and family to spread the good vibes. I have been so used to the Florida feel of holidays that taking a holiday vacation to the Caribbean would make it just that much more special. I love traveling and learning about how others spend their holidays and learning new traditions together would be the best holiday gift I could receive!

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    Sydney Daniels

    October 25, 2018

    My family always gets matching pj’s to wear on Christmas morning. We always decorate sugar cookie cutouts on Christmas Eve and have a ham dinner 😍 Oh, and you can’t forget about the mimosas Christmas morning 🥂🥂

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    Keshia Eusebio

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday traditions all have to do with family! From preparing Christmas Eve dinner, having a drink with my cousins, waking up super early to open gifts like we’re still kids! My most favorite is not losing the connection to my culture, and my bond with family!

    Good luck everyone on the giveaway!

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    Emily Harmon

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is my families pierogi and pottery lottery. It is the one time during the year when everyone is together. My aunt brings her pottery and we pick lottery style who gets what piece.

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    Cathy Eaton

    October 25, 2018

    On Christmas Eve our family makes homemade pasta for dinner and each get to pick a few presents to open. We then load up in the mini-van, in our pajamas and with hot chocolate, and drive around looking at Christmas lights.

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    Heather Smith

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is a big family feast…and I would love to start a new tradition in the Caribbean!

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    Ashley

    October 25, 2018

    Decorating the tree while drinking home made egg nog!

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    Amy Raho

    October 25, 2018

    Every Christmas morn we make a breakfast casterole, have mimosa’s and then watch the grandson go crazy… We also like to visit the campgrounds for the cooler weather as we live in Florida. Nothing like sitting around a campfire with family and friends.

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    cindy kimzey

    October 25, 2018

    Would love to Win this vacation for sure! Thanks so much for the chance!!!!

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    Monique M

    October 25, 2018

    Traveler with a passion to help others and create lasting memories!

    I haven’t spent a Christmas in carribean since I was a little girl. The memories of the Junkanoo festival, attending early morning service, the children helping with the cooking and setting of the table for the traditional meal, adults measuring and mixing the ingredients need ed to bake the traditional rum cakes. The most memorable was the time spent with Family and friends. It would be nice to relive those memories in the carribean!

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    Mabel Cole

    October 25, 2018

    Our Family Gathers /at My Home From Far & Wide For Christmas and My Brother’s Home For Thanksgiving. We Want To Change Tradition To Celebrate Together On An Island, Instead Of Purchasing Gifts No One Really Needs

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    Christy Bowden

    October 25, 2018

    Our only tradition is to get all of the family together. Last year, the entire family went on a cruise to the Bahamas, which was a great new tradition to start!

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    Hayley Coon

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite Holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree together (mostly mom lol) but seeing the ornaments from my daughters births, ones they have made, their special collection ones and ours we’ve collected as a family over the years brings the Christmas Spirit to our house!

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    Alicia Watts

    October 25, 2018

    Spending time with family. Putting Christmas tree up usually 2nd week in November and having fun. We usually always go to all inclusive island. This year we are thinking of going to Dominican Republic for Christmas and have fun while spend time together as a family.

    Thanks for the opportunity! ❤️

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    amanda

    October 25, 2018

    My Fav holiday traditions usually include my family. Cooking our feast together followed by eating together. we always over cook so anyone from the neighborhood can pop in and grab a plate. and you should know everyone does. The neighborhood looks forward to my parents’ cooking. The holidays are times for giving, sharing, laughing and loving. Sometimes life takes over and we tend to forget the important things that really fill the heart with joy. We use the entire day to drink our traditional Spanish coquitos (coconut rum drink) while we cook and talk about life and good memories. My grandpa just passed a week ago, so this year will be hard for us but with family by your side you can over come anything. My partner and i tend to spend the holidays with them but love to travel right before or after them. My birthday is in December but i really dislike the cold, so i try to take a trip somewhere warm and still be back in time to celebrate with my family. all roads lead to family #1 rule always. <3

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    Claudia F Ferrone

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite thing for the holidays was just hanging with my hubby. He is now ill, and unable to understand or enjoy the holidays.

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    christine mcclure

    October 25, 2018

    I would love to go and have a brand new tradition.

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    Lisa McReynolds

    October 25, 2018

    Every Christmas Day, my family, community, and I serve all the emergency personnel dinner in our town. It’s a project I founded years ago and it’s now become a huge tradition to us. 🙂

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    KESHIA d PERRY

    October 25, 2018

    My holiday plans just consist of work! Sadly, that’s all I do! I am working to by my kids and myself a home! I could really enjoy a vacation. Working 3 jobs is tough, but hey I have to!

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    Gregory Reiff

    October 25, 2018

    My family and I normally either visit my sister in Florida or stay home in PA… would love to begin and annual tradition of either going to Jamaica or the Bahamas over Christmas/New Year’s in the future. thx for allowing me to share… Greg

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    Jan Cush

    October 25, 2018

    With family across the country we don’t have a lot of holiday traditions because of the distance.
    I would like to start a new tradition by traveling to someplace warm for the holidays!

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    Elena

    October 25, 2018

    I have never been at the Carribbean Islands for Holidays! I would like to start new tradition! Can you make my dream true?

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    Lisa McReynolds

    October 25, 2018

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlmostLikeHomeChristmasDinner/about/
    Every year my family, community, and I serve dinner on Christmas Day to all of the emergency personnel in our city. Fire, police, sheriff, hospital, university police. It’s something I founded 6 years ago and we look forward to doing this every year! 🙂

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    Megan Rockhill

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday traditions happen around Christmas time for sure. Every year we hand pick our tree, from a local tree farmer, as a family and chop it down ourselves. After that we go to a local goods store and get a half gallon of apple cider and an assortment of treats from the display case. The same day we cut it we decorate it, all of us placing our personalized ornaments we have been given over the years on the tree. Christmas Eve as a family we see a movie in theaters, which is special considering my family consists of 8 members, now more including my niece and nephew. After the movie we have a dinner at my grandparents and go home to continue the party while we eat seafood, snacks, drink champagne and exchange sister gifts. Christmas morning always starts early and my step dad sets up the camcorder while we as a family just dig in and open the presents. We have a giant stocking that holds all our “special” gifts that are always saved for last. After we open it all up, we start to make breakfast and clean up while we wait for the extended family to arrive and have a huge family celebration that is always filled with laughs, music, wine and of course great food. I love holiday season and having the whole family around.

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    Lester Mendoza

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is the big Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving/Christmas get together that we have with all our friends and family. There’s a big fireplace and a table of food with lots of egg nog, mashed potatoes and turkey, and marshmallows to roast. At the end of the night we do a Yankee swap of gifts and last year we had a big Nerf gun fight!

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    Andrea Szczupak

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is always getting to spend time with family. It’s so easy to get absorbed in work/school and the day to day stress daily life brings. It’s incredible, that each holiday season, I am able to take a step back and see how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. We have good food, have lots of laughs, and just simply relax.

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    Lisa

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite traditions revolve around food! Making mince pies all December long, building and decorating a gingerbread house to display on the big day, and (of course!) the endless feasting on Christmas Day from breakfast and brunch (yes, both!) to dinner and many, many desserts. I’m hungry just thinking about it!

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    Joni Bland

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve was always a special tradition for me growing up. When we were kids my mom would decorate the tree with those really big colorful light bulbs and some of them flashed.
    I would just lay there and gaze at the beauty and take in the smell of the fresh pine that filled the air while listening to Christmas Carols being played from the record player. On Christmas Eve my sister would play Carols on the piano and we would all try and sing along as best we could then my dad would get out the Bible and read the story of how Jesus was born in a manger and how the 3 kings came when they saw the star in the sky. Then we would pray and thank God for all our blessings. We would take our time and open our presents one at a time. It was always full of laughter and cheer and sugar cookies!

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    Angela Botham

    October 25, 2018

    We get new matching pajamas to wear Christmas Eve/Christmas Morning-this tradition started with my husband’s family and I kinda always thought it was silly but now I’ve grown to love it as we have a young son of our own to enjoy this with!

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    Jessica w

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is having my family over on Christmas Eve and we all bring pot luck dish and vote on the best dish of the group. We also have a Pollyanna where we bring gifts and then swap or steal based on the number pulled. Tons of laughs cause some are gag gifts and some are actually really good things people want

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    Claudia Dangerfield

    October 25, 2018

    Caribbean trip or ski trip.

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    Kris Behrens

    October 25, 2018

    Holidays are spent with both side of our families every year in cold Wisconsin. Would love to spend a few says in the Caribbean right afterwards!!

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    Melanie Ward

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is opening a gift every year on Christmas Eve night. Please enter me for the drawing to win! Thanks

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    Mary R Paschal

    October 25, 2018

    Spending time with loved ones. It would be perfect to spend it at Secrets Capri.

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    Leslie Webster

    October 25, 2018

    My family always had a tradition of sharing one gift with each family member on Christmas Eve. Usually it was something that you could use or wear that night or the following morning; cookware, pajamas, things like that. It was a little excitement that my parents hoped would keep us in bed a little longer the next morning. It usually didn’t work.

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    Dave S.

    October 25, 2018

    One our favorite Holiday traditions is the family breakfast on Christmas Day. What makes it unique is that it pretty much lasts all day, and everyone wears their Christmas Pajamas.

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    A. Chioma Ejim

    October 25, 2018

    In the comments, tell us your favorite holiday tradition(s) for a chance to win a three-night trip for two, to Secrets Capri!

    Our favorite holiday tradition was always been really simple. My children, husband, parents would load up the car with gifts and fully cooked holiday dinner and drive five hours to North Carolina to visit my grandmother. Once there we would decorate her entire home, turn on Christmas Carols, watch the parades and just enjoy each others company telling stories and looking through all of her picture books! Great memories. RIP Grandma.

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    David

    October 25, 2018

    I love the holidays. I love going away with my kids. We paly in the pool and relax on the beach and jump the waves in the ocean. The warm weather is great considering it’s usually freezing in NY. We like playing volleyball and entering all the other fun activities the resort has to offer. The holiday tradition we have is always being with as many family members and friends as we can and having a huge dinne together to enjoy eachothers company and to catch up on everyones lives.

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    Nicole Ibarrondo

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition, as a child, was to help my grandmother bake what seemed to be 145 different varieties of cookies the night before Christmas Eve. The smell in the house was amazing and everyone in the house woke up knowing they were in for a treat. Rainbow cookies, almond crescents, peanut butter, pignoli, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

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    Josh

    October 25, 2018

    One of my favorite holiday traditions has been going on since I was a baby! Since I have hispanic heritage, we like to spice things up on thanksgiving and Christmas when it comes to food. No turkeys or ham, but instead we all get together the night before and make a massive spread of the most authentic Mexican food you can find in northern Indiana! Chips, guacamole, enchiladas, tacos, empanadas, and so much more. All of it made from scratch, no wonder it’s my favorite!

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    amanda bryant

    October 25, 2018

    I buy my kids a new pair of pajamas every Christmas and we enjoy a dirty santa gift exchange with all the family.

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    GEOBALDY DIAZ

    October 25, 2018

    The December Festivals in St. Lucia FOR TWO !!!! GEOBALDY DIAZ & JENNYSHABEL

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    Rachel

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is each person in my family cooking a different dish for Christmas. The kitchen can get a little crazy, but at the end of it all it’s so fun to spend that time together and try out different things that each person is proud of!

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    Cara Junghans

    October 25, 2018

    We like to leave on Christmas morning as the trip is our family present. No gift exchange needed. The kids would rather have a trip than presents under a tree. Spending time together snorkeling and sightseeing is the gift.

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    Lynette

    October 25, 2018

    My Holiday tradition is to spend time with family. Doesn’t matter where we are, we just like to get together.

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    amy schmitt

    October 25, 2018

    I love spending the holidays with my family.

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    Keeley

    October 25, 2018

    My fave holiday tradition is driving around to see all the lights and decorations.

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    Alejandra tamer

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to Mexico for some warm weather in December with my boyfriend so if I win this would be amazing because we have always wanted to stay at this resort .I also am Colombian and we throw a big party Christmas Eve and open all of our presents together at midnight.

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    Lisa Huffman

    October 25, 2018

    One of our favorite holiday traditions is Christmas Morning Brunch. We enjoy a menu of Crab Quiche, Poinsettia Mimosa, Bacon, Blueberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry. After brunch, we open gifts and reminisce in the living room under blankets with Classical Christmas playing in the background.

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    Julie Gunter

    October 25, 2018

    Just a few holiday tradition are chocolate calendars growing up; everyone you would open a door and countdown to Christmas. Also as a adult with two boys I have my own traditions of giving the boys one gift the day before Christmas, but they are always pjs
    Thank you
    Julie G

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    Sarah

    October 25, 2018

    Decorating the tree is my favorite tradition!

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    Marcy G

    October 25, 2018

    Our family always gets together on Christmas Day to celebrate with lots of food, music, games and pictures. Always at my mother’s home. Now that my husband and I have our little one, we are looking for new ideas to start a new tradition with her as well.

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    Jamie

    October 25, 2018

    We go to our Spanish grandparents house on Christmas Eve for a feast of paella with a million cousins. Then on Christmas Day at my parents house at the Jersey Shore to take morning polar plunge in the ocean with my siblings, and reward ourselves with fresh king crab legs and seafood galore!

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    Nicole Bouthillette

    October 25, 2018

    Hi! I love decorating the Christmas Tree with my kids while listening to Christmas music! Gets us right into the Christmas Spirit!

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    Quay David

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition was during Christmas. Our family would gather together for all over on Christmas Eve for dinner and gift exchange. During this time we eat, sing, laugh, and play games together. In the midist of our gift exchange we play a little dirty Santa! Giving others the opportunity to take someone’s gift. But of course there are limits no gift can be taken more than 2 times. But it’s so fun….. just seeing the gifts unwrapped that may not be what the package reads is even more entertaining. 🤗

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    Sarah

    October 25, 2018

    Decorating the tree is my favorite holiday tradition!

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    Alejandra tamer

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is going to Mexico for some warm weather with my boyfriend in December . Winning this would be amazing because we have always wanted to stay at this resort . My other favorite tradition is throwing a party Christmas Eve and opening presents with everyone at midnight . This is Colombian tradition that I love !

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    Jacquelyn Stearns

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is the old-fashioned holiday stroll in the park near my home. My husband, in laws, siblings, nieces and nephews meet at my house where we have dinner. Then we all bundle up and go to the park. It’s about a mile loop lined with thousands of holiday lights!

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    Michelle McLaughlin

    October 25, 2018

    The best vacation we have ever taken was at Secrets Maroma in Riviera Maya. Everything was absolutely perfect. We are saving up in order to vacation at another Secrets property. After staying at a Secrets, I was spoiled and don’t want to stay any where else!

    Thank you for the great memories,
    Michelle & Brandon

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    Deanna McSpadden

    October 25, 2018

    One of our family’s favorite Christmas traditions is pretty simple. We would get up & have cinnamon rolls & coffee, then open gifts. Now that the kids are grown, it’s usually just my husband & me. I really miss those days with everyone here for the rolls. Nowadays, we prepare turkey & dressing & everyone comes over for lunch & gifts. There’s nothing like having all the family together.

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    Jessica Schad

    October 25, 2018

    Spending Christmas on a beach! No presents…no stress. Just memories.

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    Heather

    October 25, 2018

    Baking cookies, waiting for Santa, sharing time with family and then – whenever possible – going somewhere warm for NYE!

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    Brittany Countryman

    October 25, 2018

    My husband and I don’t have children, so our favorite holiday tradition is to adopt a local family who does not have the means to gift their children for Christmas. It makes us both feel so blessed to know that we can share with the community that is less fortunate. No child should wake us Christmas morning without a treat!

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    Kristine P

    October 25, 2018

    My Favorite Christmas tradition is when my brother and sisters get together to make all of our mother’s recopies! From cookies with a twist to our favorite Chicken soup. Doing this with family makes is special. Then every Christmas eve we run to Bronner’s Christmas store in Frankenmuth

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    Carmen Soto-Vigo

    October 25, 2018

    I’ve never spent a Christmas holiday in Puerto Rico or anywhere else in the Caribbean but I would love to…..especially to win a holiday trip. Coquito in PR para noche Buena……sera rico!!!

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    Alexandra Perez

    October 25, 2018

    I love baking the traditional mexican sweets and food. I love counting down the days til we all get together. Looking forward to possible snow in Texas

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    Kelsie Benedict

    October 25, 2018

    We collect ornaments from every place we travel and each year when we put them on the tree we get to see all the memories we’ve made and places life has taken us. It’s a great way to celebrate and be thankful for being together.

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    Kayla Carrillo

    October 25, 2018

    We finish off noche buena with buenuelos and sweet corn tamales. Once the clock strikes midnight, we open gifts! It is my favorite tradition for it brings the entire family together for a full night of laughter, joy and of course delicious home cooked food.

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    Brittany Wells

    October 25, 2018

    Every year me and my husband attend Christmas at the Zoo at our local zoo…we have been going since we got together and even got engaged there!! This year we will be in Mexico for a week in December and are excited to experience some of the holiday traditions they have to offer.

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    Doreen

    October 25, 2018

    Every year we spend Christmas Eve with family, beginning with appetizers and then dinner and moving on to a visit from Santa! As the children open gifts from Santa, we sip wine and indulge in a variety of Christmas sweets. The evening ends with an evening church service and then back home to play board games for those wanting to stay up later.

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    Kelsie Benedict

    October 25, 2018

    We collect ornaments from every place we travel and each year when we put them on the tree we get to think about all the memories we’ve made as a family. It’s a great way to celebrate and be thankful. It’s a growing scrapbook of our family. The oldest one was made by my dad when he was 5 😁

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    Mike Veliky

    October 25, 2018

    As much as I love traveling whenever possible, my favorite Holiday traditions always happen at home with friends and family, around a warm crackling fire. It is here where we slow down, eat and drink special traditional meals, enjoy each other’s company, and make memories to last lifetimes!

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    Denise

    October 25, 2018

    Going to the cabin with all the cousins for the weekend….games, food, sledding.

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    Naja Schulz

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite holiday traditions include playing Christmas music in our house for the entire month of December and sometimes November. My wife and I change the location of an elf and reindeer for our son every night when he’s sleeping for all December. We dance and sing around the house. Every year we make special craft ornaments with our family to add to our tree. We go hiking, sledding, and tubing upstate

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    Kathleen Bailey

    October 25, 2018

    Growing up a southern California family – we always do a holiday swim in the Pacific! Its always fun and very refreshing haha It would be a much better experience in the Caribbean for certain 🙂

    We also always make crepes for breakfast and everyone must model and show off the presents they receive. Happy Holidays to all!

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    Rich Stepnosky

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Pickle – the glass pickle was the last ornament hung on the Christmas tree and then the first child to find the pickle got an extra present.

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    Erin borgman

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday traditions are making homemade bread with my grandma and eating cheese soup! We like to secretly move the ornaments around the tree and whosever is in front at the end of the night gets bragging rights for the year !!

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    Heather Fowler

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is a big breakfast on Christmas morning with my family. It’s fun to go all out for breakfast, and take the morning slow with your favorite people.

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    Jeremy nobles

    October 25, 2018

    We always meet extended family at grandma’s house on Christmas eve for fellowship and a feast. Then we all retreat to our own houses for Christmas Day. We always make fresh cinnamon rolls from scratch for Christmas morning and the last several years we have shared a meal with our BFFs and their kids. Sadly, this will be the last Christmas we have with both of our kids as “kids”. Our son is headed to the US Marines this summer as soon as he graduates high school. Proud and sad at the same time. Christmas 2019 will be a dark one :-(.

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    Susan H.

    October 25, 2018

    Our family tradition is lots of delicious foods and deserts to share with family and friends on Christmas Day. We typically eat around 1 PM and everybody shows up to celebrate!!! The huge Christmas tree is decorated with all sorts of bright cheerful decorations and gifts are piled high all the way around the entire tree. Of course everybody wants to open gifts before the food is served. Kids gather around the tree and one is designated “Santa” to pass out the gifts. Name tags are read and then the gifts start to flow. Smiles abound on every face. Kids love the gifts they get and adults love to see their faces light up with joy. Sharing is the theme at our house. Share the joy of Christmas with friends and family. Our house is filled with joy, laughter, and love.

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    Amanda Mehr

    October 25, 2018

    My boyfriend and I just bought our first home together and are going to start making our new Holiday Traditions. Usually we split the holidays between his family & my family. A caribbean vacation would be a GREAT new tradition 🙂 Especially a free one! (New house= no spare money = no vacations for a while)

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    Josh Miller

    October 25, 2018

    Our holiday tradition is to forego buying presents and instead create memories that will last lifetime. Most of the time, people do not remember what presents they received last year or from who, so we threw in the towel on that all together, and instead take a trip somewhere and try to experience new things. Since starting this tradition we remember every moment of the holiday as if it were yesterday. It is funny how the tradition has grown over the past few years in our family, even our parents, siblings, and children are all in on the tradition. Crazy when your kids say they would rather create memories than receive presents. We give them the option every year and they always say, let’s go do something together instead, remember like last year. To me that is priceless.

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    Ashleigh

    October 25, 2018

    Hi there!

    My favorite holiday tradition is playing grab bag with my family on Christmas Eve! We all buy funny, cute and inexpensive gifts and use playing cards to determine who gets to pick or steal. It’s always a good time!

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    Alison Reina

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is driving with my parents and husband around local towns in our area to see all of the homes decorated with Christmas lights. We have been doing this for over 25 years, and see the same neighborhoods…but it is still a special surprise to see how beautiful the displays are together as a family!

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    Shelly Shaver

    October 25, 2018

    Our family holiday traditions are simply things we do each year that makes the holiday time that much special! Some of the things are: making homemade sugar cookies and sharing with our neighbors, we always work on a Christmas puzzle right after thanksgiving, we make homemade marshmallows and a yummy hot coco with a peppermint stick! Listening to Christmas Music while cooking on a Saturday makes this mamma happy!! I would love a change for my husband and I to add a new tradition around the holidays and go to the Caribbean!!!

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    Sander

    October 25, 2018

    My wife and I watch an old Russian film “Irony of the Fate, enjoy your bath.” And then we will skype her family in Russia and celebrate the New Year with them.

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    Melissa Daley

    October 25, 2018

    Every year my whole family goes Christmas Tree “hunting” where we go to a local tree farm and cut down our own trees. It sounds simple but I’ve been doing it since before I was born…literally. When my mom was 9 months pregnant with me (my birthday is Dec. 17th) she was walking around looking for a tree! It’s so much fun having everyone get together for the afternoon and watching my dad year after year “measure” the tree by guessing, only to realize its way to big for their living room!

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    Brian

    October 25, 2018

    Every year each one of my family members does an act of kindness for someone as a Christmas gift to Jesus.

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    Karen

    October 25, 2018

    I love going to cut down our Christmas tree from a Christmas tree farm

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    Lauren Wulf

    October 25, 2018

    For the holidays, my boyfriend and I throw a huge holiday party! This year we are having a life-size snow globe for all!

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    Arian Hull

    October 25, 2018

    Wow, the nostalgia! I’m from the beautiful Caribbean island with the name of St Kitts. My mom would have already been soaking diced fruits in dark rum for weeks so that she could make the Christmas rum cake. We would have been discussing where we could get sorrel from to make sorrel punch for the Christmas dinner. We could have gotten a pig locally and salted it so that we would have ham. The local breweries and bottling companies would be flooded with people waiting outside to purchase cases of local drinks. There would be Calypso music and lots of activity down town as everyone came home for the holidays, and prepped for the carnival season. The circus and everywhere in the capital would be lighted.

    I want to go home now…

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    Karissa Gasca

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is taking my kids to a soup kitchen to volunteer.

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    Natalya Kondratyuk

    October 25, 2018

    Our family tradition is on Christmas morning. We all get coffee and open presents while recording it all on video!

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    Michelle Szerling

    October 25, 2018

    Every Christmas Eve my mom’s side of the family gathers together for a traditional 7 fish dinner! It’s my favorite meal of the year and I look forward to spending quality time with family for the holiday! Would be amazing to win this trip! I could use a vacation 🙂

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    Casey Knott

    October 25, 2018

    Our family tradition has always been to open up new pajamas the night before and then cinnamon rolls and mimosas in the morning! I am a nurse, so I work every other Christmas… so sometimes we need to adjust, but we do our best 🌲 🎅 🏝

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    Andrew Hall

    October 25, 2018

    Our Holiday traditions are eating pizza when we put the tree and the other decorations up.
    We buy a Christmas ornament from where ever we travel during the year and put it on the tree.
    We used to help our kids buy special ornaments, but now we help the grandkids. We have tamales and Mexican chocolate.

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    Marcia Rocha

    October 25, 2018

    Three Kings day

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    Audrey Pile

    October 25, 2018

    My brother is in the Marines, so the holidays are extra special for us. We make a point, even if he is only able to come home around Thanksgiving, to go to a tree farm together. We pick out a tree, and spend the evening decorating and listening to Christmas music. Any time when we can all be together is precious time!

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    Edwyn Pinto

    October 25, 2018

    Junkanoo Festival in Bahamas

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    Carly

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is our Christmas eve party at my parents. Everyone gets together and we do a white elephant game!

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    Meredith Heston

    October 25, 2018

    Hi!

    My favorite holiday traditions are making memories with my family and friends that are like family. Decorating and baking cookies have always been something I love to during the holidays as well. Whether it be that we are in our home, or decide to take a family trip during the holidays to the mountains or the beach. Making new memories are what makes it special to me. I would love to start a new tradition with my love in a tropical destination, and have ourselves a beachy little Christmas. 🙂

    Cheers!
    Meredith

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    Beth M

    October 25, 2018

    Every Christmas Eve is spent with all the family at my parent’s house. My mother always cooks up everyone’s favorite dishes so we end up with a hodge-podge buffet of amazing foods for the night. We do presents, watch Christmas movies, play games, and of course, stay up way too late! This tradition started when we were kids and we would do the same thing at my Grandpa’s house. So glad this tradition has stayed alive for the next generation too! My favorite time of year <3

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    Steven Miracle

    October 25, 2018

    We like to put small surprise gifts on the Christmas tree. It is fun to see the kids smiles when they discover what the “tree Santa” as left.

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    Aida Rios

    October 25, 2018

    I love making tamales with my mom every Christmas. A tradition that never seems to be missed. We all gather on Christmas Eve and eat dinner while watching Christmas movies and wait until midnight to exchange gifts. Then waking up Christmas Day and changing into new pajamas and watching more movies. Christmas is the best and traditions makes it extra special.

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    Pati Cioley

    October 25, 2018

    Our favorite tradition is to make Mexican food for Xmas eve and then again on Xmas day. I am of Hispanic descent and have always enjoyed this to pass to my children

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    Lauren Taylor

    October 25, 2018

    Family Traditions are to go to my Uncle’s house on Christmas Eve with the whole extended family, play games, eat lunch and enjoy the fellowship of one another.

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    Terry Creller

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is having my boys and their families spend the night Christmas Eve. Watching a Christmas Story marathon having a few drinks and munching on some good food. Waking up Christmas morning to hear the little ones so excited that Santa had found his way Nana and Papas house. Those are the days to cherish.

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    Mandy Steiner

    October 25, 2018

    It is tradition in our family to go to my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve and have dinner and the kids open gifts from grandma. When we leave grandma has a box full of wrapped gifts for us to take home and open the next morning. I live in Ohio so when we drive home it is usually snowing and very cold. Once we get home kids are worn out but also excited for Santa to arrive. This has been a tradition in my family sinceI was born. I would love to experience my holiday on a warm Caribbean beach without the snow and freezing temperatures.

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    Melissa Iachan

    October 25, 2018

    For Chanukah, I spend hours peeling and grating potatoes, chopping onions, and then frying up dozens of golden latkes for my friends. I’ve been holding my annual latke party for more than 12 years, and each year the demand grows greater! There are friends I almost never see, but around late November they’ll start inquiring about when the latke party is. It is a lot of work, but also the one time a year my apartment (small as it may be!) is filled to the brim with the laughter of friends, and the lingering smell of fried potato and onion. Yum!

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    Kayla Carrillo

    October 25, 2018

    We finish off Noche Buena with buñuelos and sweet corn tamales. Once the clock strikes midnight, we open gifts! It is my favorite tradition because it brings the entire family together with laughter, joy and of course – delicious home-cooked food.

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    Donna

    October 25, 2018

    We live in San Diego. My parents were from New York/New Jersey. When they settled in Southern California they made some major changes to their Christmas. No longer ice skating and bundling up., heating the house with turkey cooking and all sorts of cookies. Southern California meant warmth! We now BBQ steaks, with a big green salad and the only dessert is birthday cake for the baby Jesus. Usually on Christmas we head to the beach to watch the sunset and are singing with others who gather around. A week or so before Christmas San Diegans head to the Harbor and we enjoy a boat parade where the boats are lit up and we all carol along the shores. Almost as nice as a Caribbean Christmas but the beaches aren’t as nice and weather is not as warm. Hoping I can win a trip to experience this!

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    Natalie Irons

    October 25, 2018

    Our holiday traditions include lots of food and laughter. For Christmas, opening gifts from youngest to oldest has always been my favorite and no I’m not the youngest. 🙂

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    Connie Karper

    October 25, 2018

    As a child (over 50 years ago) we always went to my grandparents house, over an hour drive, for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with three (and later four) generations of relatives. The seven daughters (my mother and her six sisters) all married and produced 20 grandchildren. The kitchen counter (plus a few folding tables) was filled with all the tasty family favorites (mine being scalloped oysters). Tables were setup throughout the dining room, living room and basement to accommodate the crew. At Thanksgiving, we traditionally drew names for Christmas gift exchange. ( I do remember the adults having a “white elephant” exchange a couple times .) This tradition continued until many of the grandchildren were married with children. I will always cherish those memories.

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    Mary Nierlich

    October 25, 2018

    We usually spend all holidays at home.
    We have never had the chance to go anywhere special to celebrate.
    We are a couple in our mid 70’s. Married 53 years.
    A tropical trip would be nice, I am sure.

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    Judy Orasi

    October 25, 2018

    My husband and I always get up in the morning and have coffee and open up our presents and then we get in the hot tub and play Jamaica X-Mas music and have “It’s not your fathers rootbeers”. Their on the strong side, so when we finish a 6 pack we get out and get started on Xmas dinner. 🙂 It’s been our Xmas Tradition since we met. It’s a lot of fun.

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    angela deichmann

    October 25, 2018

    Every Christmas morning, my husbands family (sisters, brother, nieces, nephews, great neices and great nephews) all come over. We have a regular Secret Santa gift exchange, then my husband gives out his gifts to “deserving” family members — i.e. any time during the year, if someone in the family has done something to embarrass themselves, or has done something to “screw-up”, my husband will remember said event and creates/makes a gift that reflects the event in some form or fashion. Everyone is on pins and needles because they never know if they will be a recipient and/or how embarrassing it will be. It’s all in good fun and everyone gets a laugh. However, my husband does say, if you don’t think you can take the heat, get out of the kitchen”. We have been doing this for the past 12 years!

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    Amanda Gibson

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is reading the about the birth of Jesus with my children on the night before Christmas.

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    Tina Gunnum

    October 25, 2018

    One of our family traditions is to give our nine children names from a chosen Christmas movie. This way none of them know who’s gifts are who until Christmas morning. We would pull out the list and they would have to guess who they were named after, then my husband and I would tell them why we chose them for that character.

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    Courtney

    October 25, 2018

    Each year at Christmas, my parents, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, boyfriend, and I take a weekend trip to Hershey, PA. It started when my sister and I were kids, and my parents brought back the tradition once they had grandkids. It’s a fun weekend of gingerbread house making, scavenger hunts, rides, light shows, breakfast with Santa, and lots of chocolate! It’s always fun to relive our childhood, and see the excitement through the eyes of my nephews. And it’s a great way to spend time together as an extended family during the hectic holiday season!

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    Brian Schakel

    October 25, 2018

    My wife and I host a Thanksgiving Dinner for both of our families each year. The wonderful time together spent with both families has been an annual blessing in both of our lives. We usually buy a 27 pound turkey, and have mashed potatoes, sausage, olives, cranberries, shrimp, taco salad dip with chips, cheese and crackers, gravy, dressing, rolls, drinks, pies, and ice cream. Wow, makes me hungry even thinking about it.

    At Christmas, we have an annual tradition that one present be opened the night before Christmas. My daughter has enjoyed doing this for 25 years. Early on Christmas morning, we get up and open our gifts, then we head off to the parents homes to celebrate a Christmas meal with them and open additional gifts. Overall, it is a pretty busy day, but one that I will never stop enjoying until the end of my days. Just remember though, the day is about Christ and family!

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    Kristin

    October 25, 2018

    Nothing crazy or lavish but holiday tradition as a family is to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas Eve. We all recite the lines by heart and it never gets old watching Dad laugh uncontrollably 🙂

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    Judy Orasi

    October 25, 2018

    I’m leaving a 2nd comment because I’m not sure I sent it to the correct spot.
    Since my husband and I met, our Xmas tradition has been to get Xmas morning and have coffee and open up presents and then get in the hot tub and play Jamaica Xmas music and drink “It’s not your fathers rootbeer” until the 6 pack is gone. Then we get out and make Xmas dinner together. It’s always a fun time.

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    Shannon Kirby

    October 25, 2018

    Baking cookies and goodies with my mom and grandmother!

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    jason jelsomine

    October 25, 2018

    We love watching the electric light parade in St. Charles, il. We always have a wonderful time and it puts us in the Christmas spirit.

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    HEATHER BAKER

    October 25, 2018

    Even though my children are grown, I am still their mom so “Christmas PJ’s” are a must for everyone. Besides, it makes for better Christmas morning photos.

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    Jessica

    October 25, 2018

    We have a holiday tradition of treating the whole family to see whatever blockbuster movie is playing in IMAX 3D! It’s fun to feel like a kid again, which also means ordering the big popcorn bucket with extra butter! We escape for a few hours of big screen special effects and fantasy!

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    Kimberly Council

    October 25, 2018

    Every year for Christmas morning we all wake up and do stocking (even though we are all adults). They are filled with more reasonable items like toothpaste, shampoo, dental floss, a lottery ticket and mini-bottles. Then we all have our traditional breakfast together which we stay up prepping the night before (usually a little tipsy). Breakfast casserole, monkey bread and mimosas! It’s such a relaxing morning!

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    Alisha Soule

    October 25, 2018

    We’ve traded in our turkey for tacos! We hate the cold weather, it getting dark early, and Thanksgiving food in general, so we head to Cancun and meet our in-laws there to celebrate and give thanks for all of our blessings. This will be our third year spending Thanksgiving at the same small resort that we love and going right across the street to enjoy all of the local spots to get good food. We also are usually able to catch the tree lighting and Christmas celebration at La Isla mall, so it’s a win win. We hope to keep this a forever tradition and wouldn’t mind adding a few more.

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    mina

    October 25, 2018

    In America, my favorite holiday traditions include: decorating my home and trimming the Christmas tree, cooking on Christmas Eve and then gathering for a family dinner on Christmas day, and also attending church the Sunday before or after Christmas (depending on which day it falls on). Traveling home to Honduras to celebrate Christmas is just as exciting. Everyone in the family comes together for Christmas dinner and there are so many dishes to choose from. Gifts are exchanged, sometimes local Rum may be gifted. And even better are the fireworks!

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    Dana Dunnington

    October 25, 2018

    My family (husband & 2 kids) wear matching Christmas PJs. For the past 10 years I’ve incorporated our PJs to match the theme of one of our [five] Christmas Trees. My kids are now adults – ages 21 & 24 – living on their own and still look forward to the matching PJs.

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    mina

    October 25, 2018

    At home in Honduras, celebrating Christmas is very exciting. Gathering with family and eating all sorts of delicious dishes. Gifts are exchanged and sometimes local Rum may be given as a gift. Even more wonderful are the fireworks!

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    Keith Clark

    October 25, 2018

    Ours start at Thanksgiving with making a huge meal and inviting the family over and always trying to work around schedules that don’t quite follow the standard holiday time off. On the day after Thanksgiving, my wife will usually start removing Thanksgiving house decorations and starts unloading container after container of Christmas decorations. I hide outside and usually start working on the outdoor lights. Then we have almost a month off, minus the tree adventure, until Christmas and family. Time for making all kinds of deserts and goodie plates for passing out to friends.

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    Tara

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going skiing in Vermont Thanksgiving weekend! We stay in a chalet with family and friends, enjoy group meals and hit the slopes together, horseback ride and go snowmobiling. Spend evenings around the fire, play games and have cocktails, we always have a fantastic time!

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    Tara Waldheim

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going skiing in Vermont Thanksgiving weekend! Stay in a chalet with family and friends, enjoy group meals and hit the slopes together, horseback ride and go snowmobiling. Spend evenings around the fire, play games and have cocktails, we always have a fantastic time!

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    Cindy

    October 25, 2018

    There is a Holiday Parade every Christmas Eve. We bundle up and wear holiday headgear and go down with all the relatives who have come for openhouse at my Mom’s. it has been a tradition for at least 35 years. All the floats throw candy and the kids gather it all

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    Shayna young

    October 25, 2018

    Spending time with family , pigging out on thanksgiving , shopping all of the Black Friday deals with close friends .

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    Darnelda Patterson

    October 25, 2018

    Our family goes to church Christmas eve at 4:00. Afterwards we enjoy family favorite appetizers and oyster stew open gifts and play games and have cocktails. On Christmas day we open Santa Presents to to the grandparents home have lunch and play uno which is always a favorite.

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    Ashley Hammer

    October 25, 2018

    My immediate family (parents & two sisters) are all adults now and have spouses or significant others so traditions are changing a bit from our childhood to accommodate our new families, but each Thanksgiving/Christmas we try to get together around the holiday to have a big pitch-in dinner where each couple gets to make their favorite side and the hosts get to do the turkey/ham in their favorite style. Each year, everyone competes for having the “favorite dish”, inspiring some friendly competition and truly delicious food. It’s simple, but having all your favorite people laughing and cooking in the kitchen for a day is a blast. Last year, my husband and Mom were working on the turkey and when we looked to see if it was done (3 hours later)……someone hadn’t turned on the oven (no one has admitted this to the day, haha!). The incident inspired the hashtag #SearerThanksgiving since something goofy always seems to happen when we all get together with my parents 😉

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    Paula Munro

    October 25, 2018

    My tradition is every Christmas Eve, giving our 2 daughters a new pair of holiday pajamas. They are 28 and 22 this year and we still do it!

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    Baile Windsor

    October 25, 2018

    One of the family traditions my family had for the Holliday’s was waking up and eating a huge fantastic breakfast together. As well as watching the grinch 100 times over! It’s the best time of the year, I wish everyone got the chance to feel the love of it.

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    Ovidiu Carpiuc

    October 25, 2018

    This is my first year of going with my family in a tropical destination. I’m planning to make it a habit.

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    Mike E

    October 25, 2018

    My Holiday Tradition starts with family. During the holidays my brothers’ and sister’s family always get together to cheer the holiday season. We give thanks for everyone’s health and togetherness. We usually come together at one of our homes to prepare a meal to celebrate. During dinner we always go around the table and everyone will state what they are thankful for this year. Holidays are for family and sharing time together because there is nothing more important than family and the short time we have on this Earth.

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    Jess

    October 25, 2018

    Our Christmas tradition starts the after Thanksgiving, we go shopping and catch up from the busy summer. Then we have a wine party for friends in the neighborhood. Once the kids are out of school we do a Christmas themed activity everyday, we bake, craft, etc. But the best tradition in my heart is the family puzzle. During the winter months here, you can not go outside and waste the day away. I love spending time with the kids but would also like a vacation I have never traveled.

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    Robert Scott

    October 25, 2018

    We love to sit near the Christmas tree close to the fireplace and drink some sort of warming beverage as it’s usually chilly in Wisconsin around the holidays…but wouldn’t mind a tropical holiday for a change of routine!

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    Dale Ross

    October 25, 2018

    Each year for Christmas Eve my wife, four children, and visit my parents house where we exchange gifts and watch Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. We then drive to my wife’s parents where we have dinner and do the same over a couple drinks. Finally we head off to the local movie theater where we see a movie (everyone votes and majority rules) before retiring to our home for the evening. It’s a fun night spent with all of the people we love!

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    Nancy Bauman

    October 25, 2018

    Started our Christmas traditions 25 years ago. Christmas Eve dinner with Parents, Husband and Children. Christmas waking early in the morning hours to see the excitement on the children faces to see the presents around the Christmas tree that Santa Claus left for them and the anticipation to see what was in the gift wrapped packages. Hopefully to find that one special present that the child wanted so dearly. To bring back all of those moments for one year would be so special. Such special memories of so many Christmas’s.

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    Lesley Ross

    October 25, 2018

    My husband, four children, and in-laws all get together at my parents home and eat a big Thanksgiving-style dinner. We then all go to a movie together since the movie theaters are basically empty and we have the whole theater to ourselves (which is every bit as chaotic as the trip to the airport in the movie Home Alone) and then back to the house for some later night drinks while watching the late football game on TV together.

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    Amy Varner

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is hands down making Christmas cookies! We always bake together with the kids and let them help decorate. It’s awesome to spend that time together and make memories every year!

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    Carolyn Jordan

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is going to the beach!

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    Kelly Lannutti

    October 25, 2018

    Favorite tradition: spending time with family! We read _The Night Before Christmas_, open just one gift that is always matching holiday pj’s with a new book, then read in bed til we fall asleep. The next morning is a delicious breakfast together while we open gifts.

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    Laura

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite family tradition is on Christmas Eve. My whole family goes out during the day for coffee and “people watching.” The girls have fun laughing at all of the last minute husbands running in and out of the jewelry stores. Then we go out for a large family dinner to Red Lobster, we LOVE seafood!! We then all go to my grandparents church, a church that both of their daughters and 3 of the 4 granddaughters were baptized in. We love the candlelight service. After the service we return to my grandparents house to open presents, eat, drink, and be merry, and most of us change into our Christmas pajamas or lounge wear. We all finally make it in to bed around midnight to anxiously await what Christmas Day has in store for us!!

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    Leeor Frankel

    October 25, 2018

    Travel with my small 3 generational family on a tropical vacation to explore new places, create new memories, and appreciate our togetherness as a family.

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    Cindy

    October 25, 2018

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are big family holidays for us. We get together and enjoy our family time together. Specials times making cookies, taking family pictures and the joy of just being together. That is what holidays mean to our family. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow brings!

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    Jeannette Quito

    October 25, 2018

    There’s nothing better than spending the holidays with my loved ones. Especially Christmas. Visiting family on your day off. Waking up Christmas morning to the smell of my mom’s Ecuadorian hot chocolate. My family is huge and my niece and nephew brought us close than ever. I always say, love them and enjoy your love ones like it’s your last day on earth. I would appreciate so much if I receive this. I love making memories and to share it to make more memories for the upcoming holidays would be amazing.

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    katryna cordova

    October 25, 2018

    For Christmas my mom and I always have a Christmas breakfast while opening gifts. We always listen to Louis Armstrong’s Christmas Albums and take time to cherish each moment. We always have family and friends over for Christmas Day Dinner, my mom cooks the main dish and I bake a surprise dessert! At least two people always bring Italian pastries and I have to try one of each. It’s a day of indulgence but also a day filled with love and happiness!

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    Glendalys

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition during the holidays is getting together with family to celebrate, Christmas, New Years and Three Kings. We typically cook big meals and share presents, as the kids enjoying tearing into presents and celebrating with music and play. The holidays are a big part of my family and I love how it brings us together!

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    Danielle Cosgrove

    October 25, 2018

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is decorating the christmas tree with my uncle at the house he and my mom grew up in. The house has been in our family for 3 generations. We have always done the tinsel on the tree Christmas eve night.

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    Katrine

    October 25, 2018

    For myself and my grown children Christmas is a time of remembrance. If we think about what the holiday symbolizes, it represents the birth of our Lord and Savior. Keeping that in mind we look back not only on the year, but also on our lives and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives -especially the love of each other. As a family we go to our church’s Christmas service – I am so thankful that we are able to do that together. Yes, the time of year is magical, presents are given, loved ones are together – but truly it’s a time of reflection and celebration – – whether at home or among new places and friends. We look at all of the different ways that different cultures celebrate this time of year and find a theme – celebration and thankfulness.

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    Mackenzie

    October 25, 2018

    I enjoy having several family get togethers. It allows me time to catch up with family and really appreciate the amazing support system I have.

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    Linda Nailon

    October 25, 2018

    We try to be in the Carribbean for

    Christmas Eve. It’s so festive and everyone is in the holiday spirit.Having a good meal and drinks.

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    Alyssa Boston

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas is by far my favorite Holiday! Our traditions start with us going to NYC to see the tree in Rockefeller Center at some point in December and walking around NYC sightseeing as a family with my son, mom, aunt, and sister. Christmas eve we spend with my in-laws, having a beautiful dinner and opening gifts with that side of the family. Then Christmas day we start with a big breakfast with my husband, son, mom, mother-in-law, sister and cousin before sitting in front of our tree and piling up gifts in front of each other and taking turns opening gifts one by one while joking, laughing and having a great time as a family. You’d think with my birthday being three days before Christmas, I’d be more excited for my birthday but nope! Christmas is even better than my birthday!! & no, I don’t get gypped on my gifts!

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    Jewel Hopson-Maxie

    October 25, 2018

    Hello!

    Public service is a big part of my military family! Our Thanksgiving tradition starts out early in the morning packing meals for the homeless, gathering jackets and gloves, and canned goods. W then take it down to the local Salvation Army where we pass out those meals, and chat with those in the center. The “mothers” of my family stay behind and cook all of our favorites for our evening meal. By the time our day has ended at the Salvation Army, we come home to such an excellent meal. We take time to go around and respond on what we are thankful for, which is a reminder that we are together once again. I love this tradition because we are able to share with others, AND with each other. In this world my family believes we are all one family!

    Cheers!

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    Jacquie Buser

    October 25, 2018

    As the grandkids started to arrive I began the tradition of giving them matching pj’s at Thanksgiving and taking their picture with a few Christmas decorations as a backdrop. This picture is featured on my Christmas card each year and makes a great addition to my decorations the next year in a Christmas frame. Several family and friends tell me how much they look forward to seeing how the kids have grown. We have had Christmas celebrations in four different time zones across the US, but where ever we are, we are always together.

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    Anastasia

    October 25, 2018

    My husband and I, as well as many of our friends, don’t have any extended family close to us. So for many years now we gather with our friends as one big family to celebrate the holidays!

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    Mark abratanski

    October 25, 2018

    Favorite part of the holidays is Xmas eve where we just order deep dish pizza, relax and watch movies. No cooking, no cleaning 😂

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    Scott Leveson

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day stating over in Atlantic City with the family……..Yes, that’s what Jews and Asians do.

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    Andrew Hall

    October 25, 2018

    We order pizza when we decorate the tree. We get special ornaments when we travel and for the grandkids.

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    Diane

    October 25, 2018

    I have 5 brothers and sisters and when we were young all of us played some type of musical instrument so before church on Christmas Eve we would put on a concert where everyone would play a solo of some sort. Then we would bundle up and go to church.

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    Sallie Humphrey

    October 25, 2018

    Our Christmas Eve is always at my parent’s house. We have finger foods and mulled wine, while the kids create a giant mess of wrapping paper from opening their gifts from Grandparent’s and extended family. Then in the morning we watch the kids open presents while sipping Mimosa’s! Later we get back together for a huge dinner late in the afternoon that is sometimes proceeded by a nap! Best lazy family day of the year!

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    Caroline Saienni

    October 25, 2018

    Boozy mimosa and pancakes brunch with the Germans in the morning, then pasta and lamb with the Italians. I would really love to experience a tropical holiday though, I’m not very traditional myself so trying and learning something new from a different culture would be FANTASTIC!!

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    Karen

    October 25, 2018

    I love the carribbean my family and I usually spend Christmas with family and friends and since I moved to the US we have missed the traditions of Christmas in the carribbean.

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    Gale Hickling

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition was getting in the car late at night when it was quiet on Christmas eve with my daughter and looking at all the streets lit up with luminaries and seeing all the house decorations. Then going home to a Christmas eve tea and cookies and opening ONE present under the tree with a fire in the fireplace. Then putting out cookies and carrots for Santa and the reindeer before going to bed!

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    William Leichner

    October 25, 2018

    It all starts with Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. Then Black Friday, Christmas plays, musicals all leading up to Christmas Eve going to church and exchanging one gift with immediate family. Christmas day is spent cooking and visiting people who are not as fortunate.

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    Michael Bergen

    October 25, 2018

    Spending time with our children and grandkids. Eating, drinking and having fun but a trip for 2 to the Caribbean would fit in just fine.

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    Megan Cruz

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite Christmas tradition is every year my family and I assign one person to play Santa and hand out the gifts. It’s super fun cause you never know if it’s going to be one of the kids who take forever and like to look for all their gifts first lol, or one of the adults who is probably drunk by the time. We have a great time announcing who the gift is for, who it’s from and showcasing what we received. The whole day/night is focused around Santa and the gift giving.

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    Samantha roe

    October 25, 2018

    Every Thanksgiving night after all the family has left me and my mom typically buddle up with our coffee and tea and head off to, Black Friday shopping. we stay out all night long. about 5am we take a brake and have breakfast at a diner. We always have a great time laughing our way through the night, and it might be that we are so tired from all the cooking for family, and we are about to stay out all night…but everything seems funnier. its never about the gifts its always about the time we spend together and the experience we shared. I hope everyone can feel that priceless joy around the holidays.

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    Debra Versheck

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve I cook dinner for my family which consist of: our traditional 7 sea sauce, fried fish (calamari, scallops, & shrimp), cheese lasagna, homemade Italian dressing salad, and garlic bread. I also bake homemade tiramisu, cannoli’s, pine nut cooks, rainbow cookies, butter cookies, anisette balls, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, snicker doodle cookies, peanut butter blossoms, peanut butter cookies, fig cookies, bow cookies, pecan pie, apple pie, pumpkin pie, satin silk pie, and cherry pie. I have my 12 sibilings over with their families as well as my children and their children. We exchange presents that day between us, and after everyone leaves my children and I open up stocking stuffers before we go to bed.

    Christmas Day I take 1/2 of my baked goods that I make and travel to New York, and share our year with each other over dinner and dessert of my family members that can not travel. After we settle up for the evening I leave New York and travel to Pennsylvania to visit my grandchildren who never made it to me Christmas Eve.

    The holidays are very dear to me. Its about spending time together, sharing memories…laughing at the past and remmenisioning about our mom. Its not about how much money you spend, its about time spent toghether with laughs, cries, and smiles.

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    Mark F

    October 25, 2018

    Spending QUALITY time with family. My in-laws, my children and their families. Breaking bread together and spend more time LISTENING instead of talking. And yes, throw in a couple Hallmark movies for good measure.

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    Wib Elliot

    October 25, 2018

    Always grateful when we can get together with extended family to enjoy a home cooked meal!

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    Ella

    October 25, 2018

    We love the holidays when our family gets together. Our tradition is to chose a name from a bowl of names on Thanksgiving for the gift exchange on Christmas Eve. We plan a dinner and everyone brings a dish. This is the best night of the year. We are all together to visit and get caught up on what we have all been doing. We hope someday to maybe all take a trip together. Would love to travel with Cheap Caribbean.

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    Jenny Laundrie

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve we get the kids a new Christmas ornament each year and they get to open it and then we go have a Christmas Eve dinner with the family and then Christmas Day after all the kids opened their presents we get together with the rest of the family and do a Chinese gift exchange.

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    Samantha Eith

    October 25, 2018

    Hello!

    Ok so for the past three years thanksgiving and Christmas traditions have been a tad out of the normal. With my family living in the Midwest and my husbands family living in England, we have been a bit torn in different directions. None the less, holidays traditions growing up were always a hoot. Thanksgiving morning would start with my mom jumping on my bed yelling “Macy’s Day Parade!” Followed by trying to sneak a bite of the turkey as the meals were being prepared. I always loved helping my dad in the kitchen! We would watch football and laugh and play games. Then of course, stuff our faces full until we fell into a good coma on the couch. As far as Christmas goes, the eve of, my brother and I were always allowed to open one gift. We were always so excited and then waking up the morning of, we would rush downstairs to see what Santa had brought. As we grew older we still loved to keep these traditions. As well as cooking a huge ham dinner! Now that things have changed, family moving away and being recently married: We would love to make a new tradition of our own. What a better way to start then by going to Mexico ❤️

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    CHELCIA QUITARO

    October 25, 2018

    the holidays for my family is always on halloween. we find a theme that the whole family participates in. last year we were the whole “incredibles” family. this year we are going to be the power rangers. makes it fun for the kids that the adults dress up too, but let’s face it, we want to dress up anyways. LOL. then thanksgiving is the time where we bring back our traditional chamorro dishes but also the classic casseroles that will leave you in a food coma for hours. and christmas we buy matching pajamas and have another feast. spend the morning making breakfast so the house smells like coffee and sweet syrup. then we watch the kids all open presents while the adults, we play secret santa each year. saves our pockets but makes it fun when secretly shopping for your person. and finally new years. it’s my sisters birthday as well so a double celebration where we all count down and make the biggest wishes for the next year!!! mine is always to travel more! and hoping this year brings more of that!

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    Kelly McGuire

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite tradition is going to a holiday themed show to get in the holiday spirit, like A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Going downtown to the theatre with family, seeing the town all lit up with lights and decorated trees. There is nothing else like it, it makes everyone feel so festive!

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    Becky

    October 25, 2018

    Our family always opens one gift on Christmas Eve. It was always the gift my aunt gave us. Now that I am an adult I’ve continued the tradition with my kids and now grandson. I make sure I give him new pjs, slippers and a movie. On Halloween we dress up and take candy, some with no sugar to the nursing homes and pass it out. The faceless of the residence are priceless.

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    Gary Allen

    October 25, 2018

    My Mother is 85 and cooking with her is a blast. Ever since I was little I would watch her make a super dinner for the whole family with all the fixings and the largest turkey one could buy. Now I cook along with her to make those family traditions. Love you mom.

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    Demara Mankowski

    October 25, 2018

    When we were younger we went to the Christmas tree farm. We always had to get the biggest, fattest tree. Ride the wagon out to the fields and get the perfect tree. After we got the tree we would go back to the barn and have hotdogs and hot chocolate. Then every year we got to pick out our own Christmas tree ornaments for when we got older for our own trees.

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    Taniya

    October 25, 2018

    My favorite family tradition is thanksgiving when we all dress up to just go eat in the dinning room and party in the living after cooking in the kitchen. Also for Christmas we do a family Christmas talent show and whoever spends Christmas with us had to participate!

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    Kristin

    October 25, 2018

    During the Holidays my siblings and cousins that live in different cities and states come back to Oshkosh to spend some time with the family. Over the span of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years we go out to dinner, get drinks, watch movies, and try to cram a years worth of time into a few weeks. On the actual day of the Holiday, we all gather at my grandmas house for a big dinner and card games!

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    Angie Willoughby

    October 25, 2018

    Every Thanksgiving we go rabbit hunting at my parents. Then we go in and help my mom cook Thanksgiving dinner. It’s such a fun and family filled day.

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    jill moore

    October 25, 2018

    Putting up the tree together and reminiscing while we hang all of the ornaments…drinking egg nog,,,going “downtown” to Chicago for a day of window shopping and eating out!

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    Mckenzie Mortensen

    October 25, 2018

    Christmas Eve my family all get together and play board games. It’s a wonderful time with everyone and of course we eat a variety of great foods! Christmas Day we all open gifts and share what we received with one another. It’s a nice relaxing day.

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    Theresa thurkettle

    October 26, 2018

    We don’t really have one but after reading all of these we are going to start something.

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    Amy Blount

    October 26, 2018

    Our favorite thing to do during the holidays is spend them in the Caribbean! There’s something special about catching a tan with a drink in our hand! 😎☀️🌴

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    Denise

    October 26, 2018

    The holiday season kicks off around my birthday in early November. Then Thanksgiving with the BF’s family. Two weeks before Christmas we head to Mexico for a week of rest and relaxation. From about December 20th thru New Year’s we get together with family and friends just to enjoy each others company.

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    Jennifer Fantozzi

    October 26, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is making cookies with the entire family before Christmas.

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    J Eyanson

    October 26, 2018

    Every Christmas all my kids, siblings, nieces, nephews, and their spouses gather at my parents (who are in their 80’s) house. We have a brunch, which includes the same food every year. We each bring a gift that is placed on the card table. We then play a card game (something like bingo) and whoever wins, gets to pick their gift off the table until everyone has won. A gift can be taken by someone from someone else who has already won up to 3 times. Minute to win it games are then played. The day consist of playing more games, gift opening, and of coarse, the family photo. The day is finished with homemade chicken noodle soup.

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    Julia Wilson

    October 26, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is picking out our Christmas tree! Not all of our family can be together on Christmas, so we always make sure to set a date so every individual family can choose their trees together. It is the perfect time to drink cider, laugh, and joke, while also doing something memorable.

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    Lindsay Fairbrother-Henige

    October 26, 2018

    Oh boy, this is my favorite time of year! The sights, the smells and the sounds! We get together with family and have a huge meal on Thanksgiving. For Christmas, it varies year by year depending on what everyone does, but we’ve gone to the beach before or stayed home. Of course, my daughter opens presents in the morning! Typically, it’s a smaller celebration with smaller meals and fewer family members. My dad and stepmom come down from upstate New York to see us. I love it all!

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    Christi

    October 26, 2018

    We have several holiday traditions. One of my favorites is going as a family to find the perfect Christmas tree and cutting it down. There are several places here in Colorado to do so. We also bring along some hot cocoa and the sleds. These trips are some of my fondest memories when my children were young.

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    Anquinette Elie

    October 26, 2018

    My mother is one of 19 children! I know I know….its a shocker. My favorite holiday tradition was gathering at the family home that my grandmother left to all of them plus her oldest grandchild. As years have passed, we celebrate Thanksgiving and many other holidays at my parent’s home. I love to see my uncles checking out the sports channels, my little cousins running in and out the house, and hearing the screaming from the All star Spades(card game) and Dominos players. Nothing really makes me happier than having all my family in one place.

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    Hillary Andrews

    October 26, 2018

    This Holiday season is by far my favorite time of year! Everything just becomes cheery and beautiful at Christmas time with the pretty white snow, Christmas Lights, Christmas Decor, Lights around town, it’s just…almost magical.
    I would have to say, though, that my favorite holiday tradition is just being around and spending time with all my family. Reading The Christmas Story atound the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve, before opening presents and then going to the candle light Christmas Eve church service as a family.

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    Stephanie Krysinski

    October 26, 2018

    My parents, siblings, and the in laws come to my house for Thanksgiving. Everyone either brings a dish or helps cook the day of. The football game is on in the background but we don’t pay too much attention- we are having too much fun with conversation and cooking! We look at the black Friday ads in preparation for the crazy shopping season ahead, and draw names for Christmas gifts. It’s a pretty traditional tradition, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Not to mention, my husband makes BEST homemade stuffing!

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    Alexandra Schneider

    October 26, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is driving around with my family the week before Christmas finding all the best Christmas decorated houses around us and getting hot cocoa together.

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    Kristen

    October 26, 2018

    Eating Italian food is our tradition but would love to start a new tradition vacationing for the holidays in the Caribbean!

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    Adrienne K

    October 26, 2018

    Getting “Santa’s Favorites” brownies from my godmother. I’m 45 and I still get little-kid-giddy with anticipation every year!

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    Liz

    October 26, 2018

    Each year we try to cherish every moment we have together during days off for the holidays, since the rest of the year is so busy! As a family we go to midnight mass and open one gift on Christmas Eve. Then we take a short road trip to visit family on Christmas Day! I love to help my mother-in-law make tamales and enjoy all the delicious food we prepare together as a family.

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    Deb

    October 26, 2018

    We begin on Christmas Eve making homemade pizzas, then church. When we get home we open gifts from each other and have any friends over that are alone for games/drinks. Christmas morning Santa comes and fills the stockings and leaves everyone’s big gift

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    Christy Leshowitz

    October 26, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is just gathering the entire family around the kitchen table and being able interact and truly engage with each person in your life that loves you unconditionally.

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    Kerri Taylor

    October 27, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending time with family and cooking and eating lots of yummy food!

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    Stephanie Morgan

    October 27, 2018

    As a recently married couple, it’s exciting to start new traditions together. My husband’s family does not celebrate Christmas, but they are really big on Thanksgiving. Each person picks a dish to make for the day and we all pile into the kitchen together to make our meal. Imagine 7 adults and 1 child all crammed into a kitchen trying to simultaneously make 10 different sides. It’s total chaos, but a lot of fun! There is always lots of laughter and usually a few practical jokes played. By the time everything is cooked and ready, we sit down to eat and realize we cooked way too much food, but it was a labor of love and we’re all just happy to be together.

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    Dana Savage

    October 27, 2018

    The holidays in our family is a time when most of us can come together and leave work, school and daily things we do behind just for a while so we can enjoy the fact the we have one another. There are all kinds of things we do from family dinners, parties, and holiday events. For us the holidays start with Halloween and we end it with a bang on New Years. This year will be especially special when I announce at the Thanksgiving table that I’m thankful to be healthy enough to be a gestational carrier for a deserving couple at the age of 43. Can’t wait to see me family and enjoy the holidays all over again!

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    grace simon

    October 27, 2018

    I love Thanksgiving! All about family, friends and great food!

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    Brenda Kingston

    October 27, 2018

    I love going to Christmas Eve service with my kids and friends and then home to open one gift!

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    Brenda Kingston

    October 27, 2018

    I love Christmas Eve service with my kids and friends and then home to open one gift!

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    dora gonzalez

    October 27, 2018

    I like Dia de Muertos! It’s so colorful and filled with tradition!

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    Tammy kubitz

    October 27, 2018

    Holidays are hard for me. Depressing, lonely are just a few feelings. I would luv to start a new tropical holiday vacay spending it with warm sun, tropical breeze, palm trees in the Caribbean. I want more tan lines and less stress lines. Please take me away.

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    Katy Meyer

    October 27, 2018

    We would love to win this trip! Our favorite holiday tradition is to spend Christmas eve with just my husband and I, we make dinner, have some cocktails, put a fire on and watch Christmas Vacation!

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    Stacey

    October 27, 2018

    Now that we are empty nesters, we are creating new traditions. I always liked the idea of traveling for the holidays and this would be a wonderful way to start a new tradition!

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    Suzanne Earlie

    October 28, 2018

    I love the holiday season, the warmth, the joy, the fragrances, everything! My favorite part personally is my family, faith, love, laughter, and decorations… We love just being cozy together at home with a fire in the fireplace, Christmas Vacation or Home Alone (or another family favorite) on TV making us laugh. Also, my husband’s birthday is Christmas Eve so we celebrate him as well as Jesus during the holiday season.
    Thanks for the opportunity for this amazing vacation! Happy Holidays!

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    Meg

    October 28, 2018

    My favorite holiday tradition is drinking eggnog while decorating the tree, and getting the lights to perfectly wrap around the trunk!

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    Kristine R Goetzke

    October 28, 2018

    Decorating the Christmas tree. We always dance around to classic Christmas songs and sing along while decorating the tree. My favorite thing in the world. That and and the Caribbean. ❤️❤️❤️

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    Kristine Goetzke

    October 28, 2018

    My favorite thing of the year is to decorate our Christmas tree. We Dance around two classic Christmas music and sing along, while decorating the tree. That’s a tradition I hope never dies in my family.

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    JEN BATES

    October 28, 2018

    Thanksgiving has always been taking turns with family on hosting. We always talk about things we are thankful through the year. God BLESSED my family 3 years ago with an amazing little boy as my husband had been told he wasn’t able to have any children. Despite our ages, 45(Jen) & 44(Tom), God allowed us to have a son, Tom’s only son, besides my kids from a prior marriage. Their ages are; 26, 24, & 18. They welcomed our son, who we call our miracle. The 24 & 18 are in the Military & we couldn’t be more PROUD of them for Serving our Country!!! So, we are VERY THANKFUL for that!!

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    Courtney

    October 29, 2018

    My significant other and I both had rocky childhoods, so there isn’t any holiday traditions we’d like to take from that. This is, however, our first Christmas together, and we’re looking forward to being able to celebrate it under happy circumstances, with the person that we love. Whatever this year brings, it will be the first of a favorite holiday tradition!

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    Rina

    October 29, 2018

    Working all the time and not been able to spend holidays with the family that’s the story at my home. Never failed my husband always worked thanksgiving and Christmas so I would cook a big dinner and the entire family would come over and we would quickly eat because my husband worked the overnight shift:( however this year from the grace of GOD he is off thanksgiving 🤗 so it would be nice to go away so that he can enjoy his time off

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    Sheila wilhite

    October 30, 2018

    Trying to as much time with family as I can with everyone’s busy days all over the place💖

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    Jessica Filler

    October 30, 2018

    When I think of the holidays, I think of family. Days were spent in the kitchen helping Mom prepare our delicious meals, and nights were spent together laughing along to Dad’s stories while making memories together. The smell of simmering celery and onions always reminds me of Thanksgiving mornings preparing Mom’s famous broccoli rice casserole dish. We would spend the morning together watching the parade, while zipping around the kitchen, offering help to Mom while preparing her dishes. Thanksgiving’s were spent with family at our Great Aunt’s house. Mom’s casserole was always my favorite dish prepared…. Scooping more than enough onto my plate.
    Sadly in February 2009 our holiday traditions drastically changed when Mom tragically passed from an unknown virus. Since then, holidays have never been the same. They are still spent together as a family, creating new memories while thankful of one another. New traditions are different, but exciting. While those older traditions can never be replicated, new customs are being created. Usually on Christmas we try to do something not at all like a “normal” Christmas. Hikes, games, adventures together is our tradition these days. But every time I smell onions simmering in butter, it takes me back to those mornings, and a smile always appears on my face.

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    Dawn Lloyd

    October 31, 2018

    I love the holidays because it means I get to spend it with my daughter & son in law. We always make a breakfast casserole to have on thanksgiving or Christmas morning. We cook together & have friends & family over. We always take time to share what we are thankful for. Our biggest tradition is we make cookies & cook together. We also if we have time & aren’t exhausted go to a movie. Or we watch one at home & make popcorn in our movie theater popcorn maker. On Christmas Eve we each open 1 gift while we have wine & cheese. There is no better time than time spent with family & friends.

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    Michelle L. Higgins

    October 31, 2018

    My love and I like to stay up late, after the kids have gone to sleep and have drinks, listen to music and laugh! We make sure they are really asleep and then we put their gifts and their stockings under the tree. It is a lovely night of family, love and relaxation.

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    Tameka Fox

    October 31, 2018

    Our holiday family tradition is baking. On Christmas Eve we bake holiday desserts for the family while drinking wine and dancing to Parang, one of our culture’s traditional music. I hope to continue this tradition forever but it would be nice to take family to dance on the beach for a special experience!

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    Mary Smolinski

    November 1, 2018

    Christmas as a child always meant wonderful smells and lots of love. Christmas Eve was always spent with my fathers side of the family at my Grandma’s house with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins. There was always a beautiful tree, and turkey, tamales, and the worlds best gumbo. It was the one time of year the children were allowed in the dinning room. What a treat as a child!
    Then Christmas day was spent with my moms family at my Grandmothers. The house was decorated to the nines the aromas intoxicating. Great aunts and uncles and cousins galore!
    Now, I am blessed with my own family, and we celebrate on Christmas Eve. My 2 grand girls and I bake for days and the we all gather in the kitchen to cook the meal. Then the house fills up with people, nieces, nephews, siblings, friends who have become family. My husband is from Poland so along with the turkey and dressing, we have some of his traditional foods, zupa, pierogi, begos. We eat too much, we laugh too much and we love a lot!

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    William Borland

    November 2, 2018

    Our family traditions revolve around my Fiancee and her family, since my family lives a bit too far to visit to be affordable. We generally have three or four stop between all of her relatives here in San Antonio, where we try to spend equal time with each. We dream of having a “real” vacation some day soon, but we seem to have to push it back to the back burners as we spend the majority of our free time volunteering and working with the Special Needs community here in San Antonio. We are both Special Needs middle school teachers here in San Antonio and having recently bought our first home and having a son enter into college, a vacation is literally something to visit in our dreams. I haven’t been anywhere tropical since I was in the military, but I’m certain that was no Tropical Paradise with the natives shooting back at you and laying IED’s instead of Lays around our necks. Whomever wins this thing, I wish you the best and hope you enjoy the opportunity and truly embrace the gift you are given…

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    Scott Carter

    November 7, 2018

    My family always trys to incorperate something new into our family holiday, weather it be a new game, drink or food item. We love adventure and making lastimg memories.

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    Angelo Surmaj

    November 7, 2018

    We spend our holidays together at different family member’s homes. We host Thanksgiving. My mom hosts Christmas Eve. For Christmas, we do a small family dinner and then celebrate Christmas part 2 on New Year’s day with the whole extended family (there are usually 50 people there!)

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    Courtney Surmaj

    November 7, 2018

    Holidays are always spent with the family. Sometimes we will host a gathering for our friends so we can see their smiling faces and unwind a bit from the holiday stress.

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    Stephanie Sordyl

    November 9, 2018

    Thanksgiving is for family. Traditional Turkey, Lasagna, infamous sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, the works. This is when we choose our Mystery Santa partner for Christmas Gift giving.

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