It’s what we do, it’s tradition

December 11, 2017 GMT

The Christmas season is my favorite holiday — not because of the gifts, but because of the time spent with family. While it is exciting to give and receive Christmas gifts, this excitement pales in comparison with the enthusiasm I have for my family’s time-honored Christmas traditions.

As a general rule, my family does not follow any holiday traditions but Christmas is the one exception. My family has a tradition for practically everything, whether it be what we eat, what we watch or what we do. Over the years, we have set aside a few traditions for the sake of convenience, but there are still quite a few left.

Personally, my favorite tradition is what we eat during Christmas break. When all of us are together, my mother, my siblings and I make a few Mexican dishes. This homemade fare includes a large number of delicious tamales, a massive pot of zesty pozole soup, and a spicy red chili sauce made from dried chili pods. Not only are these foods delicious and superb, it is also the time spent with my family making these dishes that causes me to love this tradition so much.

In addition to having a customary meal for Christmas, my family has a several other traditions. For example, my father and I have a “Star Wars” marathon during the break, including any new episode releases. We also love games, which means that a large portion of any Christmas gathering will be spent playing board and card games such as Scattergories, Pinochle, Pitch, Chronology or Trivial Pursuit.

Last, but certainly not least, it is customary for my family to attend our church’s Christmas Eve service.

While some may see traditions as boring or outdated, I see them as an opportunity to have fun and be with the family I love.