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What holiday traditions do you celebrate?

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Posted: December 21, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

First Place
My favorite holiday that I celebrate is Hanukkah. A Jewish game we play during Hanukkah is dreidel. Everyone playing gets into a circle and puts gelt (chocolate) in the middle. Then we take something that looks like an upside triangle, called a dreidel, and spin it. On each side of the dreidel are four Hebrew letters: "shin," "gimmel," "nun" and "hay." When a spin lands on "shin," one piece of gelt must be put in the middle. Land on "nun" and the spinner gets none. Land on "hay" and the spinner gets half of the gelt. If the spinner lands on "gimmel," that spinner wins all of the gelt!

Another wonderful thing about Hanukkah is making latkahs (potato pancakes.) My mom makes awesome latkahs. I like to dip mine in ranch dressing.

Every Hanukkah I get presents. I like to wrap presents for my aunt's class because she is a teacher. It is one of my favorite parts of Hanukkah that I look forward to.

Every night of Hanukkah we light something called a menorah. There are four candles on each side and one in the middle (the shamas). We light the shamas and then light the other candles with it. There are eight nights and eight candles. We light one more candle each night with the shamas.

Every menorah looks different. Some are tall and some are small. My favorite menorah has a tree, birds and a mountain goat. I light that one every year. My dad got one that looks like the city of Jerusalem. I love celebrating Hanukkah with my family!
Yael Brynjegard-Bialek
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Second Place
Easter is my favorite holiday. It is a special holiday because it is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. Every Easter, my family and I take a dreaded long bumper-to-bumper traffic ride to my grandma's house. I look forward to dyeing eggs with my cousin after we get to Grandma's house. When we are finished dyeing two eggs each, we go on an egg scavenger hunt. When all the eggs are found, we count our eggs. Whoever found the most eggs wins a big bag of chocolate candy. Then our whole family sits down to eat a delicious traditional dinner cooked by my grandma, aunt and uncle. I love Easter!
Dylan Yates
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Third Place
I love celebrating Christmas. Before Christmas Eve, my family and I sets up our tree with ornaments. Sometimes we go to Costa Rica to visit relatives and celebrate. On Christmas Eve, our family dances, we use fireworks and then open presents. At midnight, our tradition is to do the tango. My mom taught me this dance.

I love our tradition of fireworks. They are beautiful in the colors red, white, blue, green and brown. We use fireworks because it is obeying Costa Rica's tradition. I celebrate Jesus' birthday because I am Christian. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
Brandon Cabrera
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

My favorite tradition is Christmas. It is a celebration of Jesus' birthday. I love opening presents! My family always eats pumpkin pie while celebrating. This Christmas I know what I want. Jesus should have all the presents! He loves us so much and He spoils us! There are so many $100.00 toys that I could get!

I love the big, small, and glittery lights. Red and green are the main colors. My neighbors have grass full of lights. When I go to sleep, I look out the window just wondering when Christmas will come, and to look at the Christmas lights. I know that Santa isn't real. I can always count on my mom and dad though. I think that Christmas is the best holiday ever!
Zion Seneviratne
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

The holiday tradition I celebrate is Christmas. I celebrate the Christmas holiday because it is Jesus' birthday. My family and I set up our tree. We put up lights on my house and on the tree.
We eat our traditional dinner, soup, turkey, corn and ice cream. After dinner, we sit around our fire and say a prayer to the Lord (Jesus).

Then we open presents. I give a present to each of my sisters and one to my brother, then to my mom and dad. I have one present from my heart. I want my family and the world to be safe. I love Christmas!
Lauren Carbajal
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary


Christmas is my favorite holiday because it is Jesus' birthday. The best part of Christmas is when we get to have family time together. On Christmas Day, I love to dance with my cousins. Sometimes we eat cupcakes, cake or ice cream. My brother and sisters and I have to wait for my parents, cousins, aunts and uncles to open presents. I love it when it is finally time. We even get to swim on Christmas Day because my aunt's swimming pool is heated. Then we all go home. I love Christmas because I love family time together.
Hudson Ming
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

I love to celebrate Christmas because it's fun to get presents. Presents are fun because I don't know what's inside. Alex, my sister, and I bake chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes Alex and I stay up late so we can see Santa but we never see him. On Christmas Day I hope to get Wii Sports. I think that Christmas is all about fun!
Olivia Aaron
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

Do you celebrate Christmas? My family and I celebrate Christmas because we celebrate Jesus' birthday. I put lights and ornaments on our Christmas tree. My sister and I put milk and cookies out for Santa to eat. In the morning, we open the presents Santa has brought for us. I really love Christmas!
Haley Lennarz
Grade 3
Castaic Elementary

On the first day of December, we put up the decorations. Next, we put up the Christmas tree. On Christmas morning, we get up and have breakfast. Last, we open presents. I can't have Christmas without my family.
Abby Carlson
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary


On Christmas Eve, I make cookies for Santa. Then, I make my best hot chocolate. Then, the next day I run downstairs. I check if there are presents. Then I eat.
Marianne Valentine
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I have special Christmas traditions. We go to my cousin's sometimes. My favorite Christmas decoration is Benten. We leave cookies for Santa Claus and carrots for the seven reindeer. Rudolph eats most. We play on the computer. We play a game called Club Penguin. Then we go home.
CJ Sweetland
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I feel happy on Christmas. We put up good decorations. We put out cookies and carrots. The deer likes carrots and Santa likes cookies. I like to open presents. We have a good time. Then we go to grandma and grandpa's. We open presents too. They give me good gifts.
Matthew Valento
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I have a special Christmas because the people I love come over, like my grandparents, cousins and more people. My family gets to my house early. We cook eggs and bacon and sausage. After, we open all of our presents. We get lots of presents.
Adrian McIntyre
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

My family has special Christmas traditions every year. I put up decorations like Christmas lights and a Christmas tree. I put cookies and milk out for Santa Claus. The next day, I run down the stairs and get my stocking and presents.
Then, my big sister, my dad and my mom and I go to my grandma's house. We have breakfast and open our presents.
Then, when we are all done opening all of the presents, it is night time. We go home and go see people's houses. When we are done, we go home and go to sleep.
Grace Seitz
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

On Christmas, I open my presents and I have breakfast. Then I spend time at my uncle's house and play pool. Then my mom and dad come and I play with my friend Hunter.
Then I play with his dog. We play with the toys we opened. We play with Nerf guns. Then we take the tree down.
Anthony Beadnell
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I always put a tree up so Santa could leave the presents. I get so many things. I see my grandma on Christmas.
I eat a special breakfast including pancakes, bacon and eggs. Then I open my presents. I like my presents.
Alyssa Tan
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary


Every December, on the eighth day, we celebrate my dad's birthday. My sisters and I make a gingerbread house. On Christmas, we wait for my dad and mom to come down stairs so we can open presents. Sometimes, we put up five stockings for me, mom, dad, Sydney and Josie.
On Christmas, we always open our stockings last. We love Christmas a lot. I sometimes make up games on Christmas. I love all holidays.
Cassandra Crousmun
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I like opening the presents. We decorate the Christmas tree. We put the lights up on my house. We have the most fun time after we open our presents.
Miles Sanders
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I love Christmas because I get to go to my grandmother's house and play with my cousins and open presents and eat great food.
Sophia Zavala
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I love special Christmas traditions. I put up a lot of decorations for Christmas Eve. I eat a lot of ice cream.
Then I play with my baby sister. On Christmas, I get a lot of presents. After Christmas I open all of my presents.
Christian Kang
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I like Christmas traditions. I like traditions because I do it every year. People might think it is boring but I don't. This is what I do on Christmas Eve. I go to grandma and grandpa's house to open some presents. Then go home and wait for Santa.
Shaye Maloof
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I always put up my Christmas tree kind of early before Christmas. At my house, we put up lights and ornaments. On Christmas Day, we open presents in the morning.
Mikhai Nguyen
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

My favorite holiday of the year is Christmas. The people I see are my grandma and grandpa and my uncle and my cousins. I eat marshmallows and treats. We play a lot of games. We open our presents and we leave cookies and milk out for Santa.
Josh Morgan
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I love Christmas. We put up lights. We eat pancakes. I open my gifts. We play "Go Fish." I go to my grandma's house for Christmas Eve. I get really cool gifts. My favorite part is opening my presents.
Adam Riley
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I have special things I do on Christmas. We always put up nutcrackers. I eat lots of things on Christmas. I put up a tree so Santa can leave presents. I get lots of presents. My favorite holiday is Christmas. We leave cookies and milk for Santa. I love Christmas and I believe in Santa.
Corynn Gearhart
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I love Christmas. My dad puts Christmas lights up. My sister and I make the cookies for Santa. I like when Santa puts presents out.
Alyssa Alcaraz
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

My favorite holiday is Christmas Eve. I put up my lights. I go to my papa and grandma's house. I saw my uncle and my aunt. Then I have fun.
Aleena Hubbard
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I love Christmas because it is my good day because it is cool. But it was a good day because I ate food the kind of pie.
Ricardo Gutierrez
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

I like Christmas. It is fun. I eat candy canes. It is the best holiday. I open presents. I play games. I play with my toys.
Kyle Simber
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

On Christmas, I put a tree up. Then we drink some eggnog. It is good. I love to get presents from big awesome Santa. I love holidays! They are fun. Really fun!
Raymond Castillo
Grade 2
Plum Canyon Elementary

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