Christmas with My Family
Traditions enhance our lives and make up the person we are. Even though every family has their own traditions and rituals they all come together to unite as a family during the holidays. Every family has their own traditions that are based on their beliefs. It is my family’s tradition to gather around the Christmas tree and celebrate the birth of Christ.
My family’s Christian faith strongly influences our Christmas Eve. We start our rituals off by going to our church’s Candlelight service where we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. After church, we go home and get ready for Santa Clause to come visit. It is my sister, Ashton’s job to decorate cookies and my job to make rice krispy treats. My dad is always in charge of the sausage balls for Christmas morning. My mom is usually still busy wrapping last minute gifts. Joy and excitement fills the house while we make our last minute preparations, even our yorkies are anxious to see what Christmas morning will bring. My mother always buys my sister and I matching pajamas to wear to sleep while we wait for Santa to visit. It is tradition to sit in front of the fireplace with the dogs and have pictures taken by my mom. Ashton worries every year that she has not been good enough for Old Saint Nick to visit her. Before we are tucked in for bed, my sister and I open one present from underneath the tree; Ashton has her picked out for days, while it is always hard for me to decide which present to open. Now, we set out the goodies and letters to Santa. Once everything is in perfect order, Ashton and I head off to my bed with our three dogs. Ashton is always so excited that she keeps me up for hours talking about Rudolph and the elves.
Giving to friends and neighbors is a family tradition that we have every year. Exchanging homemade goodies with friends and neighbors is a way we show the Christmas spirit of giving. We always look forward to giving to others, which is a strong belief to my family; we believe that giving is better than receiving. Giving to others reminds us what the Christmas holiday is all about. My mom bakes the most exceptional pumpkin bread ever and Lori, an old family friend, makes the greatest fudge. Our...