In just two days, we’ll be watching friends and family open up the gifts that we put so much time and effort into choosing for them, eating the cookies that we spent hours baking and getting compliments on all the festive decorations we wrestled with to get up and just right. All the while, knowing that this one day that we waited so long for, will be over in a moment. We expect it. It’s happens every year. Yet, we enjoy that one day, because for some of us, we only get to see those loved ones once a year. Then, all the work and preparation for that one day finally feels worth it when we get to spend a few precious moments with the ones we love.
Since Christmas is a tradition that we celebrate with close friends and family, we’ve each made our own traditions that we come to expect when that time grows near. Whether it be opening gifts, attending a church service, eating delicious delicacies, watching Christmas movies, singing carols or wearing Christmas hats and taking a family photo, we all have our own traditions to commemorate this special occasion.
Here is how some locals are celebrating:
“Just me and the girls for Christmas this year; my husband is deployed, but every year we always go to the Christmas Eve church service and afterwards drive around to look at all the Christmas lights!” – Niki, 32, California
“Favorite Christmas tradition is the kringle our neighbor makes for us that we eat for breakfast, and every year my mom makes an ornament for my sister and I so that when we have our own tree, we have decorations for it.” – Jodi, 22, Franksville
“Quote: ‘You’ll shoot your eye out, kid’. Tradition: Watching ‘A Christmas Story’ in our pajamas, eating ham and perogie, on Christmas Eve with just my wife (and now my son too) and opening one present.” – Robert, 36, Oak Creek
“My favorite Christmas traditions are… I actually have two. On Christmas Eve my dad’s side of the family meets up and we have tamales and dance. It’s a ‘Mexican-ized’ Christmas, I love it. Then on Christmas day my mom makes a beautiful breakfast, we decorate the table with all of her beautiful china and we always eat the same thing: Keiche, monkey bread, plums, orange juice with wine. It’s so yummy, and I can’t even wait!” – Eloissa, 21, Racine
“My favorite Christmas tradition is to go to the late night Christmas Eve service at church. I adore the traditional Christmas hymns, the poinsettias and the fellowship of the worshipers.” – Teri, 40, Minnesota
“We had Santa come to my in-laws’ for my son on Christmas Eve last year. It was fun and I believe he is coming again this year.” – Lisa, 24, South Milwaukee
“I get a very quiet Christmas this year. First one ever. I’m looking forward to it. Small get together with the immediate family for just a few hours. Otherwise a bunch of time to my own thoughts.” – Mike, 29, Muskego
“Watching 24 hours of ‘A Christmas Story’. Then going to church Christmas Eve and going to look at lights after church. Of course, this is a whole lot better in Wisconsin.” – Amanda, 24, Georgia
“When the kids were little, it was watching them search for the pickle ornament on the tree that was put there for the ‘extra’ gift Santa left the night before. You’ve never seen a bigger bunch of fools bopping up and down, swinging back and forth. It was like a Christmas dance!” – Hannah, 44, Cudahy
Buy a kringle: http://www.kringle.com/
“A Christmas Story”: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/
Mexican Christmas Traditions: http://www.nacnet.org/assunta/nacimnto.htm
The story behind the pickle ornament: http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth11.htm