Celebrating the Holidays

By: Shelby Kuzminski

Every family celebrates the winter holidays in different ways, but what would it be like in different in homes across the country? Some people go to church, host family dinners, and decorate the house. Some families cut down a Christmas tree, or even open one present on Christmas Eve. Many people look forward to the Christmas feast too. Whether it is a Christmas parade, concerts, or pageants, they all have one thing in common, everyone gathers together to celebrate.

According to, http://www.history.com, in the 16th century Germany started the first Christmas tree. The Christmas tree was brought into the homes for decorations. In the Netherlands, December 5 was the day when Sinterklass or also known as Santa Clause brought presents. The children left their shoes outside for Sinterklass to leave presents in, according to www.whychristmas.com. Another famous tradition is in Poland where they share their famous Oplatek cookie. It is a thin wafer and is made of only water and flour, which is described on www.pwaa.org. We should thank all of these countries for starting some of these great traditions that are shared not only in that country but around the world.

The United States is a very diverse country full of many cultures with many family holiday traditions. The Squire interviewed Allyssa Gray and Rachel Frederick to find out what they do over the holidays. They shared some of their favorite family traditions and how they celebrate each Christmas.

The Squire: What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Allyssa: My favorite tradition is wrapping presents and making food.

The Squire: Do you get a real Christmas tree or a fake one?

Allyssa: We get a real tree because I think they look better

The Squire: What is the best part about the holidays?

Rachel: The food, presents, and getting together with the entire family are part of what makes the holiday fun.

The Squire: Do you get a real or fake Christmas tree?

Rachel: Our family does a fake tree. It is easier to put up and down. Also, on real trees, all the pine needles are annoying to clean up. A fake tree is honestly so much easier. I suggest getting a fake Christmas tree.

The Squire: How do you celebrate New Year’s?

Rachel: On New Year’s Eve, I usually watch the ball drop on the television with some friends.

Christmas traditions have been passed down from generation to generation. Think about your family holiday traditions. What is your favorite one? Opening presents, going to a holiday feast, going around the neighborhood singing Christmas carols, or having a Christmas cookie bake with your family? The holidays is a special time to share with friends and family.  Each tradition holds meaning to a family. Overall, everyone has special holiday traditions that are passed down and enjoyed each year.

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