Holiday Traditions? Check!

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Kaden Nickens is mimicking his holiday tradition. The ornaments were going to be put on afterwards.

Kaden Nickens is mimicking his holiday tradition. The ornaments were going to be put on afterwards.

Megan Helge

Megan Helge

Kaden Nickens is mimicking his holiday tradition. The ornaments were going to be put on afterwards.

Megan Helge, Charlie Hughes, and Max Pusloskie

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During winter break, many holiday traditions are practiced and they are all different! Every family has a special tradition and has its own special meaning.

All of the common winter holidays. All of them are celebrated in different ways.

There are many different holidays that go on during the winter: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, St. Nicholas Day and many more!

Some teachers have some cool holiday traditions and they celebrate them every year.

Michael Hallinan
Minerva is in her first article of punishment clothing. Minerva was not a happy cat.

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tor, Michael Hallinan, has many different traditions. “We put up a Christmas tree and every time our cat knocks down an ornament, we give her an article  of ‘Punishment Clothing’.”

 

7th grade Social Studies teacher Christopher Buffone celebrates two different kinds of holidays. His wife is Jewish and he is raised Catholic. To celebrate Hanukkah for his wife, “We get together, have a nice meal and we have gefilte fish traditionally. Nobody likes it and says its gross. I actually

like it. Add a little bit of horseradish sauce and its pretty good. We also do some prayers with her family.” He even fits in time to celebrate his own holiday. “For my family we do, instead of getting gifts, we have a relatively big family, we do Elfster.” Elfster is a Secret Santa generator app. 

 8th grade civics teacher David Barnhouse said,  “We celebrate with my wife and her parents, we have Christmas Eve stuff. We wear our pajamas, we listen to Christmas music and we have table horderves. And then the next day we do presents, and we might go out for dinner.” Barnhouse also mentioned that when he was younger, him and a bunch of friends would go sledding and would bring some hot chocolate and play in the snow.

Even our peers have cool holiday traditions.

7th grader Grace Logue said “We open our family presents first on Christmas Eve.” Her family presents include presents from her mom, her dad, her older sister and her older brother. Briley Hines, seventh grader,  goes to her grandparents house for new years. “I am normally in Virginia for Christmas and Christmas Eve. Every year my mom gets us all matching pajamas to wear for the holidays.”  Trailside Times editor Megan Helge said, “On Christmas Eve we go to church and then we go home and put reindeer food on our driveway. After that my sister and I open the presents we gave each other. Then on Christmas morning we wake up with our stockings on our beds (We open them first), open half of our Christmas presents, have cinnamon buns for breakfast and go to church. We open the rest of our presents after church.” She does that routine every year so it’s basically a tradition to her.

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