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What holiday traditions do you celebrate?

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Posted: December 14, 2009 9:19 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
First Place
Christmas time is the time for peace and love, for Jesus and family. I celebrate Christmas by putting up a Christmas tree with my family and decorating it with ornaments. One of the traditional ornaments my family and I put up is a "pickle." A "pickle" is a glass ornament that we put up every year and on the night of Christmas, Santa comes and hides it on the tree. When we wake up the next morning, the person who finds it on the tree gets to open the first present.

Every year, my family makes brownies, cookies and chocolate milk for Santa and his reindeer. We leave out oatmeal on the grass. The oatmeal glows from the Christmas lights, forcing the reindeer to come here next.

Our family always has turkey for Christmas dinner. It's very delicious and I always eat all the mashed potatoes.

I love Christmas because spending time with my family is very important to me, and so is celebrating Jesus' birthday. It's my favorite time of year.
Nathan Tobin
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Second Place
Every Thanksgiving, my family and I go up to Shasta where my great-grandpa and my great-grandma live. Before we get to the house, we stop at the store in Weed to get turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans for a green bean casserole. Then when we get to our house in Shasta, my gandma and I start cooking. When the food is ready, everybody comes over to enjoy the feast. But two years ago, that tradition ended because both of my grandparents passed away and ever since then nothing has been the same because my grandparents were very significant to me.
Maya Nunaz
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

Third Place
Christmas is a time for fun, happiness and joy. We celebrate Christmas in honor of Jesus Christ's birthday. My family and I like to decorate our traditional Christmas tree with tiny glass bulbs that are called ornaments. Outside, we hang colorful lights above our garage. We have miniature Christmas trees that we put in each room next to a window. On the first day of December we have a countdown to Christmas. We have a little house (like an advent calendar) that my brothers and sisters open a door a day.
Each door has a small slip of paper inside that has a fun activity written on it. Once we got $3 each for Disneyland. I pulled out a slip that said, "Make our candy changes now." A candy change is a long strip of plastic saran wrap with candy evenly spaced on it. We take string and tie it in each space two times so it won't come undone. I love our advent house and the fun activities it brings to my siblings. Another Christmas tradition is making cookies for Santa and cutting celery for Rudolph. On Christmas morning, we are amazed to see presents. I love Christmas.
Jackson Shaw
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Every Christmas, I do a play with my cousins about the birth of baby Jesus. We all get dressed up and memorize lines. We use props such as a cane, a little baby holder and perfume as one of the three gifts. It is so significant that the whole family watches the play. It's one of the best traditions I have.
Jonah Hydur
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

Every New Year's Eve, most of my family members come to my aunt's house to celebrate the New Year. On New Year's Eve, my cousin and I bring some board games or cards to play so we don't get bored. We tell absurd things to make us laugh so hard we almost cry. After that, we count down from 60 seconds to midnight. We all fall asleep at 1 a.m.
Dorothy Sanchez
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

A significant holiday that my family does is every Christmas we wear our Christmas hats. Usually, me, my sister and my brother wake up first, then we walk up to my mom and dad's room and my little brother pounces on them. Then we scream on the top of our lungs, "It's Christmas!" So we all run down and right when we come down we wear our Christmas hats.
Crystal Chavez
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

I celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year's Day and Valentine's Day. I celebrate Christmas because all of our family comes and brings lots of presents. Christmas is all about having fun and opening presents.
I celebrate Halloween because it is really a fun tradition to get candy. I celebrate Thanksgiving because we do tamales, sometimes posole, tacos and burritos, too!
I celebrate New Year's Day because we mostly go to San Francisco but not anymore. We celebrate it here in my house and the next day we sometimes go to the snow and build snowmen.
I celebrate Valentine's Day at school because most of my classmates bring cards with candy or sometimes other things, too!
Mariali Santana
Grade 4
Peachland Elementary

One significant holiday tradition in my family is that on Christmas Eve, my whole family decorates our tree and one of us climbs up a ladder and places a glass angel on the top of it. At midnight on Christmas Eve, my whole family goes to mass at our church. Before we go to mass, my mom decorates the whole house with Christmas things. That's one of my family's traditions.
Delia Cruz Kelly
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

One of my holiday traditions are my family sleeps out in the living room. We get a bunch of blankets and pillows, move our coffee table and set two big blankets on the ground. This tradition is very significant. Then we put three pillows and blankets on the two bigger blankets and my mom makes cookies for Santa.
Angela D'ama
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

One holiday tradition my family and I do is on New Year's Eve, we get pots and pans and bang on them together. We also attach string to a soda can and drag that around on my golf cart. My dad lights fireworks and it scares my dog, Lola. After that we watch the New Year's ball rise up at 12 midnight and then we go to sleep. I love New Year's Eve. It's such a significant holiday.
Ivey Davidson
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

On Thanksgiving Day, all my family and friends get together and do a lot of things. We do new experiments at my house. All my cousins start to play PS2 or Xbox 360. My cousin likes to say absurd things. I start to drink too much soda and go to sleep at midnight or later. At the morning, we start to do it all again.
Jose Galvan
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

One significant holiday tradition is when my family goes to the park and hides fake eggs with candy or money in them. We hide some eggs with $5, $10, $1 or $100! In some eggs, we put candy in like Reese's, M&M's, Fun Dip and many more types of candies. One time, we went to the Old Orchard Park and hid some eggs. In total there were 30 of them. I found the egg with the $100! Later we noticed that we only came back with 29 of the eggs, but we knew that it wasn't one with money because before my mom had counted the money and we had exactly what was put in. Then we ate cereal and went to sleep.
Stephanie Gaytan Sancez
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

Every Christmas Day, every significant family member far and wide comes to my grandma's house to have breakfast. Everyone has a stocking filled with toys, candy, tools and makeup. They all get at least one present and a great breakfast with pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage and waffles. They all stay for dinner then we have a fire, sweet potatoes, turkey, chestnuts and play family Bingo. Last but not least, whoever gets bingo picks up a present and opens it up.
Bailey Howell
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

Every Christmas Day, we open the presents and when we rip the paper because it is very flimsy to rip. Sometimes my cousin mimics whatever I say and he does everything that I do. Sometimes I go to my room and hide my presents under my bed so my sister can't get to them.
Jesus Islas
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

Every Christmas, my family always goes door-to-door to our neighbors to give them a bag of chocolates. On Christmas Day, we do a big party and they're always so fun. Another thing we do is "Secret Santa." Everybody has to give people what they want. If they don't, the person has to give money. At midnight all the kids have to wear an absurd Christmas costume and go outside and sing really loud for people to hear.
Isela Martinez
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

I open up a present before I go to bed on Christmas Eve. When I wake up in the morning, I finish opening the presents. I love our tradition. If we are lucky, we'll get French toast in the morning. That's why I love my traditions.
Dakota Maxwell
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

The holiday tradition that I celebrate is on Christmas, my family and I always go down the stairs as soon as we wake up and open the presents. The order we open these presents is oldest to youngest, such as my dad, my mom, my sister Emily, me, then my younger sister, Courtney. When we open the presents, we do it very loud and then we say thank you to the person who gave us the card or present. As you can see, my family's tradition is great.
Shannon Meena
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

One day, me and my family went to Long Beach and purchased a Christmas tree. Then we went back home and we put lights all over the tree. I like Christmas because it's Jesus' birthday and because of the presents.
Francisco Montenegro
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

On Christmas Day, we open up presents and the next day we play with them and see which is the best out of all the presents. Then, we go to my grandma's house and we open our gifts that our aunts and uncles give to us for Christmas. After everyone has opened up their gifts, we go outside and play with our gifts and that's what we do for Christmas.
Anthony Moca
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

One tradition that my family and I celebrate is Christmas. The first thing we do is put the lights on outside. My dad brings a ladder and goes up on the roof. Then we hand him the lights to put them on the edge of the roof. When we put the Christmas tree up, we put the ornaments on it. Then we put the lights on. Then my dad says, "Finally! We have accomplished this task." Finally, the day arrives and we get to open our presents. After we're done, we get ready for a big breakfast.
Atzhiri Rena Garcia
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

There are many holiday traditions that live inside my family. One of them seems very interesting to me. My brother and I get a 2-foot Christmas tree every Christmas. We also get compact ornaments to suspend on the tree. The ornaments are small presents of plastic, detailed, ball-shaped ornaments. We also have lights and a small star on it. On Christmas morning, we always get one present under it. My brother and I enjoy having it every year.
Andrew Quinn
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary


Every year, we get out our Christmas tree and put it up. Then we put ornaments on it and put presents under it. Then on Christmas Eve, we open one of the presents. Then we make cookies, decorate them and put them out for Santa to eat. Last but not least, we open the rest of our presents on Christmas. Then the whole family goes to my grandma's house. But this year we are doing it at our house.
Camryn Redding
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

My family and I go to see lights on different homes. One time a glass broke. I guess it was flimsy. After we saw the lights, I go home and put up lights. It is not hard to do. Then me and my mom make cookies, brownies and we lay out carrots and lettuce for the reindeer and go to sleep.
Desmond Sandez
Grace 5
Peachland Elementary

Every Christmas we will wake up really early and go wake my parents up so we can open our presents. Me and my sister take turns opening our presents, then we will take pictures holding the presents. Next, we will go to my aunt's house to play with everyone.

Then we will hear the doorbell ring. One of us kids will open the door but there's only a big bag full of toys! Then we will look around so now we get more presents for Christmas. It has been a significant Christmas. I hope I have another one just like it this year.
Chad Thompson
Grade 5
Peachland Elementary

My favorite family tradition that we celebrate together is Christmas. We celebrate Christmas lovingly because it was the day that Jesus was born. We celebrate by eating freshly baked cookies and always leave some out for Santa, a Christmas symbol, along with carrots for his reindeer. I decorate our artificial Christmas tree with ornaments that are like miniature statues hanging on string or wire. My mom helps me decorate the tree. While we are asleep, Santa comes in a sleigh with his reindeer and puts presents under our tree. In the morning, we open the presents. Our parents and relatives also give me presents, and I give them presents, too. I think Christmas is the best time of year.
Jillian Moyer
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Christmas is a time to relax and celebrate our savior's birth. Sometimes my family takes out a Bible and reads about Jesus. We put up an artificial tree and Christmas lights. My cousin and family get together and have a big feast. Then we open presents. This year I want to be good because I want to get a puppy. I really like celebrating Christmas.
Jason Lopez
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

I love Christmas! My family and I always leave cookies and milk for Santa. He's the one who brings me presents. Santa brings me presents because it is Jesus' birthday and because I have been a good boy. For Rudolph and the other reindeer, we leave out carrots. Last year Santa's sleigh left marks on our driveway to prove that he had visited. I enjoy our tradition of hanging our stockings and putting up our artificial Christmas tree.

Every year my cousins and I take turns going to each other's homes for Christmas. But since my mom just had my baby sister, Vivien Paige, our relatives will be coming here.
Evan Dean
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

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