The holidays is a great time to get together with your family and celebrate the importance of the holiday. It also means participating in old family traditions that remind you of your childhood. In the United States we have the privilege of such diversity that we get to experience so many traditions in our own backyards.
Every family has their own unique way on how to celebrate the holidays, from old family traditions to modern day adaptations using technology and social media. Families that are not able to be together for the holidays, especially families with new additions, use social media as a way to share the holidays with loved one and have special facetime with grandparents who live far away.
If you have a big family a unique way to split up the burden of trying to get everyone a gift is secret santa. But in some cases it’s not so secret, as many family members start trading names and families just can’t keep secrets.
Some family traditions consists of a countdown and start celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve. The big dinner is in the evening and the whole family stays up to spend time with each other into Christmas Day. Presents are opened at 12:01am, it’s called “Noche Buena”. Other “Noche Buena’s” are very similar by making the big event on the 24th. It is also built up by the construction of a miniature nativity scene that usually takes up half the living room, better known as the “nacimiento”. In some countries it is topped off by lighting up the sky with fireworks at the stroke of midnight.
But in most cases, simplicity and being with family is what the holidays are all about. We all know that one street in your neighborhood that goes all out for the holidays, and you drive around the neighborhood looking for the best light displays. But nothing can beat a classic tradition of snuggled up by the fire, sipping on hot cocoa and eating all the christmas cookies, while watching the “Christmas Story” with the one’s you love.