Published On: Dec 14 2012 05:42:37 PM ESTUpdated On: Dec 17 2012 03:12:11 PM EST
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Calvin Hughes says, "Recording the voice of Santa Claus for my little ones. I know this will come to an end soon! Of course family dinner and in the last couple of years watching the Heat play on ABC/Local 10."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Laurie Jennings says it's, "Mom’s homemade waffles on Christmas morning (but she always made us clean up and do the dishes before we could open gifts! Torture!)"
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Baron James says it's "inhaling mi abuelita's cooking as she spends the night before Christmas in the kitchen."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Jen Herrera says, "Every Christmas morning my mom makes 2 casseroles and cinnamon buns. I don’t eat cinnamon buns all year but Christmas morning I devour them!!! My girls love them, too."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Will Manso says it's "Roasting a pig with family on Noche Buena."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Constance Jones says, "As many of you know, I was born in Germany. My mother is German and my father is African American. I spent most of my childhood in the country. Well, on the eve of Dec. 6th children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace. At night, St. Nicholas goes from house to house carrying goodies to fill the shoes with. If you were bad, your shoes were filled with coal or sticks. Every year, my mother sets up the Christmas Pyramid. In German it’s called Weihnachtspyramide. It looks like a Christmas pyramid, decked out in flowers, and wooden figurines. It’s kind of like a carousel with several levels showing some sort of holiday theme!
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Jacey Birch says it's "decorating the tree & baking holiday cookies."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Todd Tongen says it's watching the dogs freak out at the animatronic snowman that sits next to the fireplace.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS - Bob Norman says, "It's gotta be the tree!"
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Glenna Milberg says hers are "parties!"
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Johanna Gomez says it's lighting the menorah and celebrating Noche Buena.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Scott Padgett says it's, "Helping my Mom make at 16 different types of Christmas Cookies and of course taste testing them all."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Ben Kennedy says it's "making sticky buns w/ my family, scarfing them down fresh out the oven...then my stomach instantly regretting eating too many!"
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Janine Stanwood says, "I grew up an only child in a loud, Italian household. While we didn't do the traditional seven-fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, we certainly feasted. My talented mom always made an enormous antipasto and northern-Italian style lasagna. Sometimes my Nonni would whip up a savory polenta with her magical quick ragu. We'd stay up well past midnight, listening to music, playing games, and yammering about politics and family business."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Roger Lohse says, "We’ve fallen into the Elf on the Shelf trap and despite the fact it’s very commercialized and not very original, it is fun to watch the kids wake up every morning and search the house looking to see where that creepy doll has perched himself for the next 24 hours."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Trent Aric says, "Growing up it was decorating the Christmas Tree with my family while the Johnny Mathis Christmas record was playing. Yes, I said record!!!"
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Neki Mohan says, "Since I am a Caribbean girl, I love Parang music which is Spanish language Christmas Carols and the food to go along with it; pastelles, black cake and punch a creme.
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Sasha Andrade says it's "baking Christmas cookies, putting up a Christmas tree with my family, and watching my favorite holiday movie (Love Actually)."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Terrell Forney says it's "curling up on the couch with some egg nog and watching 'A Christmas Story'. A true classic in my eyes."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Betty Davis says, "My favorite holiday tradition is rather 'fruity.' As a child my father would always buy a box of oranges and a box of apples. The scent of the fruit is something I will never forget.. and the taste, yummy! I have yet to eat fruit that tastes as sweet as what he would bring to the house around the holidays."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Andrea Brody says, "Each year, my family joins my parents, in-laws and brothers for a giant Chanukah party. All the kids exchange gifts and open them one at a time to great fan-fare. By the end of the night, the living room is covered with wrapping paper and happy children."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Christina Vazquez says "Nochebuena! In my family all the fun happens on Christmas Eve."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Victor Oquendo says it's, "Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) pig roast with the family."
FAVORITE HOLIDAY TRADITION - Tamika Bickham says, "It's definitely the food. My mom always cooks her homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, and turkey. We have that meal every year. No Christmas is the same without it."
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