Staff Picks – Holiday Edition

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Lezille Sagrado:
My favorite Christmas tradition would have to be flying over to Juneau to be with all my family. Everyone cooks, and I mean everyone. There’s so much food made that there’s leftovers for a week, it’s amazing. Another tradition that I enjoy is when the whole family plays games together and you could just see how much fun all the kids and adults are having. My cousins and I plan to wear the same pajamas just because it’s always been our tradition since we were little. Another obvious favorite tradition is opening gifts, but since I’m getting older I usually just receive money, and I’m totally okay with that. You also can’t forget about the hot chocolate and watching classic Christmas movies on Netflix.

Nate Eisenhower:
My favorite Christmas tradition is all the desserts and egg nog that I can eat after the months of eating healthy for wrestling season. It’s special because my mom bakes all these desserts for my brothers and me. The desserts that we help make are the gingerbread cookies, donuts, and buckeye balls. Whoever helps my mom the most when we make desserts gets to have preference on what cookies they want. Some of my favorite desserts are double decker fudge, buckeye balls, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, frosted pumpkin cookies, brownie mint pie, and homemade donuts. I don’t want to drink anything except egg nog in this season. All of these delicious foods and egg nog go great with classic Christmas movies, my favorite being Polar Express.  

Kody Malouf:
My favorite Christmas tradition was not being in town for Christmas. For 14 years in a row, my family and I had been on vacation with my dad’s family. We went all over the place, Mexico multiple times, the Bahamas twice, Belize, and Puerto Rico. Those were some of my favorites. Those trips were always so much fun, but last year my brothers and I convinced my mom to let the family stay home for Christmas, since we always missed the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic and couldn’t remember what Christmas at home was like. Last year we broke the streak and this will be our second year in a row, due mostly to the Clarke Cochrane, my obligation to the pep club and my dank sign duties. My mom is constantly trying to convince me to go on Christmas vacations again, because she refuses to go without me. I keep telling her I’ll go if she’ll work the vacation around the Clarke. I missed out on it for 14 years, I refuse to miss any more.  

Thomas Brooks:
My favorite Christmas tradition is my family’s annual Christmas Eve party. Each year on Christmas Eve, all of my family comes to my parents’ house and we watch family videos, pig out on great food, and play our favorite games. This year there is going to be about 28 of us all under one roof. It’s great to keep up with the friends and family because we always seem too busy throughout the year. The doors are open to all of our neighbors and friends. This is also the time we give gifts to each other so we don’t have to go anywhere on Christmas day. I love the fact that we prepare so much food that we don’t have to cook for days. My family always looks forward to my homemade deep dish apple pie. My older brother Chris used to be in charge of pies, but now that he moved away it’s been my official job. With each and every winter season I definitely look forward to this party because of the joy, family, and big bellies.

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